Corp John Henry Bode

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Corp John Henry Bode

Austinville, Butler County, Iowa, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 20)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
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Memorial ID 56245708 · View Source
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Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925
Residence Date: 1 Jan 1925
Residence Place: Washington, Butler, Iowa
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head: Son
Father: R C Bode
Father Birth Year: abt 1872
Father Birth Place: Illinois
Mother: Lena Voss [Leena Bode]
Mother Birth Year: abt 1885
Mother Birth Place: Illinois
Parents' Marriage Place: Minnesota
Household Members:
R C Bode 53
Leena Bode 40
Hazel Bode 19
Francis Bode 17
Cornelies Bode 15
Thomas Bode 13
Angeline Bode 10
Mary Bode 7
Harold Bode 5
Jeanne Bode 3
John Henry Bode 1

1930 United States Federal Census
Home in 1930: Washington, Butler, Iowa
Street Address: Village of Austinville
Attended School: Yes
Able to Read and Write: Yes
Able to Speak English: Yes
Household Members:
Richard C Bode 57
Lena Bode 45
Frances Bode 22
Cornelius Bode 20
Thomas Bode 18
Angeline Bode 15
Marion Bode 12
Harold Bode 10
Jeanne Bode 8
John H Bode 6

1940 United States Federal Census
Home in 1940: Washington, Butler, Iowa
Attended School or College: Yes
Highest Grade Completed: HS, 3rd year
Income Other Sources: No
Household Members:
Richard Bode 67
Hena Bode 55
Cornelius Bode 29
Marian Bode 22
Harold Bode 20
Jeanne Bode 18
John Henry Bode 16
Aage Neilsen 31

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
Name: John H Bode
Birth Year: 1923
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Iowa
State of Residence: Iowa
County or City: Butler
Enlistment Date: 2 Apr 1943
Enlistment State: Iowa
Enlistment City: Camp Dodge Herrold
Branch: No branch assignment
Branch Code: No branch assignment
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life
Education: 4 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Skilled mechanics and repairmen, motor vehicles
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 44
Weight: 127

World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas
Name: John H Bode
Inducted From: Iowa
Rank: Corporal
Combat Organization: 32nd Photo Recon Squadron
Death Date: 20 Apr 1944
Monument: North Africa
Last Known Status: Missing
U.S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal

A memorial is also posted for Corp. Bode:
John H. Bode 1923-1944
Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current
Death Date: 20 Apr 1944
Death Place: At Sea
Cemetery: North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial
Burial or Cremation Place: Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Cpl. John H. Bode MIA/KIA
Hometown: Iowa
Squadron: 32nd Photographic Squadron, 5th Reconnaissance Group
Service #37667687
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.

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This is an inscription on his parents' monument. He is not buried here.

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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56245708
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Corp John Henry Bode (6 Jul 1923–20 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56245708, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .