PFC William G. R. Boyer

PFC William G. R. Boyer

Birth
Muir, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 24–25)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets of the Missing - Army
Memorial ID 56245781 · View Source
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William served as a Private First Class, 228th Medical Dispensary, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on January 28, 1943 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a mining-machine operator and also as Married.

William 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 U.G.S. 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 33489274

Son of Ralph Boyer who resided in Ashland, Pennsylvania.

( Bio by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )

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The U.S.S. Lansdale (DD-426) was also sunk in this attack with a loss of Forty-seven officers and men.

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


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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56245781
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC William G. R. Boyer (1919–20 Apr 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56245781, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .