James Werder Castle

James Werder Castle

Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 18 Mar 1955 (aged 24)
Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA
Plot U, 316
Memorial ID 3864748 · View Source
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The Door County Advocate
March 22, 1955

Navy Man Dies In Crash Here

James Castle Killed When Car Hits Ditch

First Fatality of Year; Two Other Accidents Bring Personal Injury

Door county's first traffic fatality of 1955 was recorded last Thursday night when a 24-year old sailor, James Castle, was killed at the junction of a town road and Highway 42-57 north of the city.
The accident was one of four reported by county police, with five persons also being injured.
Castle, a sonarman first class who had been stationed aboard the Naval Reserve Training Ship PCE 902 which is docked at the Sturgeon Bay Shipbuilding and Dry Dock for repairs, was believed killed late Thursday night. The car containing his body wasn't found until morning by traffic officers, but there were no tracks in the newly fallen snow.

Alone in Car
According to the county police report, Castle was alone as he drove east down the town road from the Cherry school toward Highway 42-57. The car then went across the highway and over a culvert, soaring 54 feet through the air and another 60 feet when it hit the ground. The car landed upright after going through a fence.
Death was attributed to a skull fracture and broken neck. It was the first road fatality of the year, the first in almost five months.

Mother Survives
Castle was born near Milwaukee, but his home address was listed as Los Angeles, Calif. where his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Boone, now resides.
Castle, who was single, was born August 28, 1930. he entered the navy in 1948 and at the time of death was attached to the PCE 902 which operated out of Milwaukee.
Hahn's funeral home was in charge of arrangements. The body was sent to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday, with burial in the Santa Fe National cemetery.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Werder Castle (28 Aug 1930–18 Mar 1955), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3864748, citing Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA ; Maintained by Jim and Mary (contributor 47147114) .