Capt Cyril Lawrence Alden

Capt Cyril Lawrence Alden

Birth
Todd County, Minnesota, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 27)
Burial Wadena, Wadena County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 55454271 · View Source
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USAAF WORLD WAR II
Captain Cyril L. Alden MIA/KIA
Hometown: Minnesota
Squadron: 32nd Photographic Squadron, 5th Reconnaissance Group Service #15041860 Awards:Purple Heart

Ship: SS Paul Hamilton (Hull Number 227) Liberty ship
Mission: convoy UGS 38,
Loss Date: 20-Apr-44,
Location: Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Algiers
Fate: 32nd Photographic Squadron -5th Reconnaissance Group Casualty of the SS Hamilton
Complement: 8 Officers 39 Crew 29 Armed Guards 504 troops lost

The SS Paul Hamilton (Hull Number 227) was a Liberty ship built in the United States during World War II. She was named after Paul Hamilton, the third United States Secretary of the Navy.

On her fifth voyage the SS Paul Hamilton left Hampton Roads, Virginia on 2 April 1944 as part of convoy UGS 38, carrying supplies and the ground personnel of the 485th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Forces to Italy. On the evening of 20 April it was attacked 30 miles (48 km) in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Cape Bengut near Algiers by 23 German Ju 88 bombers of III./Kampfgeschwader 26, I. and III./Kampfgeschwader 77. One aerial torpedo struck the Paul Hamilton and detonated the cargo of high explosives and bombs, and the ship and crew disappeared within 30 seconds. The crew and passengers, who included 154 officers and men of the 831st Bombardment Squadron, were all lost. Of the 580 men aboard only one body was recovered.

Captain Alden appears Tablets of the Missing North Africa American Cemetery Carthage, Tunisia. His memorial Calvary Cemetery Wadena Minnesota is a cenotaph, his body was never recovered.


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IN MEMORY OF
CAPT. CYRIL L. ALDEN 0 423684
32ND PHOTO RCN. SQDN.
BORN JULY 3, 1916
LOST HIS LIFE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AREA
APR. 20, 1944

Gravesite Details Sources: MN Birth Certificates Index, FamilySearch.org

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  • Maintained by: ღ T Burt
  • Originally Created by: Marjorie
  • Added: 26 Jul 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 55454271
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Cyril Lawrence Alden (3 Jul 1916–20 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 55454271, citing Calvary Cemetery, Wadena, Wadena County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by ღ T Burt (contributor 47009168) .