PFC Charles W Clay

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PFC Charles W Clay

Birth
Boyd County, Kentucky, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 19)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
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Memorial ID 56246195 · View Source
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He resided in Boyd County, Kentucky prior to the war.
Charles served as a Private First Class, 831st Bomber Squadron, 485th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

Enlisted in the U.S. Army on March 25, 1943 at Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky. Service # 35654866 He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in warehousing and also as Single, without dependents.

Charles 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.

Charles was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking during the war.
He was awarded the Purple Heart.

( 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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  • Maintained by: Rolling Thunder KY
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56246195
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Charles W Clay (27 Jul 1924–20 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56246195, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Rolling Thunder KY (contributor 49801517) .