Pvt Isham Ford

Pvt Isham Ford

Virginia, USA
Death 11 Nov 1943 (aged 34–35)
At Sea
Cenotaph Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Courts of the Missing
Memorial ID 56130444 · View Source
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Isham served as a Private with the 855th Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Calvert County, Maryland prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on November 2, 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in construction and also as Single, without dependents.

Isham was a passenger on the U.S.A.T. Cape San Juan.

The Cape San Juan, while transporting servicemen from San Francisco, California to Townsville, Australia, was hit & sunk by a Japanese torpedo fired from IJN Submarine I-21 approximately 300 miles southeast of Fiji. A reported 117 of those on board were declared missing.

Isham was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 33382051

The 855th Engineer Battalion, Aviation, reportedly lost 99 soldiers in this sinking.

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For a listing of those that perished on the U.S.A.T. Cape San Juan: " Click Here "

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Those on board the Cape San Juan included: 57 Merchant Crewmen, 42 Navy Armed Guards, 3 radio operators, 21 “permanent” army personnel (3 officers and 18 enlisted men), 1 civilian, and 1,340 passengers. A total of 1,464.

The passengers included:

811 Officers & Enlisted men of the 855th Engineers (Aviation) Battalion.

367 Officers & Enlisted men of the 1st Fighter Control Squadron.

162 Officers & Enlisted men of the 253rd Ordnance (Aviation) Company.

( Bio & notes by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
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