CPL James Oliver Adams

CPL James Oliver Adams

Birth
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 21)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
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Memorial ID 56245246 · View Source
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James served as a Corporal, 831st Bomber Squadron, 485th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

1930 Census has him living with his parents James Oliver and Clara Adams. His father died in 1933 and his mother maiden name Ernst remarried. He list her as Clara Kolloch on his WW II draft registration card.

He resided in Marion County, Indiana prior to the war.

U.S., World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
Name: James O Adams
Race: White
Marital status: Single, without dependents (Single)
Rank: Private
Birth Year: 1922
Nativity State or Country: Indiana
Citizenship: Citizen
Education: 2 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Semiskilled occupations in fabrication of metal products, n.e.c.
Enlistment Date: 21 Jan 1943
Enlistment Place: Indianapolis, Indiana
Service Number: 35582823
Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life
Height: 74
Weight: 165

James was a passenger on the S.S. Paul Hamilton (Hull Number 227).

On her fifth voyage the S.S. Paul Hamilton left Hampton Roads, Virginia on April 2, 1944 as part of convoy UGS 38, carrying supplies and the ground personnel of the 485th Bombardment Group and the 5th Reconnaissance Group of the United States Army Air Forces to Italy.

On the evening of April 20th the Hamilton and other ships in the convoy were attacked 30 miles (48 km) in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Cape Bengut near Algiers by 23 German Ju 88 bombers.

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. A total of approximately 580 men where lost.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 35582823

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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The U.S.S. Lansdale (DD-426) and the S.S. Royal Star were also sunk in this attack.
The Lansdale had a loss of Forty-seven officers and men.
The Royal Star lost only one member of their crew.

The Lansdale received four battle stars for World War II service.

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Member of 831st Bomb Squadron, 485th Bomb Group, USAAF. The Liberty ship he was aboard, SS Paul Hamilton, bound for Italy, was attacked by 23 German bombers off Algiers, Mediterranean Sea. It exploded and sank in 30 seconds with the loss of all aboard.


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  • Maintained by: MAJ Jimmy Cotton
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56245246
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPL James Oliver Adams (8 Nov 1922–20 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56245246, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by MAJ Jimmy Cotton (contributor 48803557) .