Pvt Stephen E. Chathams

Pvt Stephen E. Chathams

Birth
Pennsylvania, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 29–30)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets of the Missing - Army
Memorial ID 56246137 · View Source
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Stephen served as a Private, 228th Medical Dispensary, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Santa Clara County, California and was previously a member of the Army prior to the war.

He re-enlisted in the Army on September 11, 1941, prior to the war, at Moffet Field, California. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Retail manager and also as Single, without dependents.

Stephen 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 6883258

( 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 56246137
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Stephen E. Chathams (1914–20 Apr 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56246137, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .