WT2 James Madison Early, Jr

WT2 James Madison Early, Jr

Birth
Delta County, Texas, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 22)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets Of The Missing ~ Navy
Memorial ID 56246742 · View Source
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James served as a Water Tender Second Class, U.S.S. Lansdale (DD-426), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Delta County, Texas prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Navy on August 26, 1942 and was assigned to the U.S.S. Lansdale on January 11, 1943.

The Lansdale, while escorting Convey UGS 38 bound from Norfolk to Bizerte, was first attacked by two or three waves of German Heinkel He 111s Aircraft. One successfully released a torpedo which struck the Lansdale's starboard side forward, wrecking the forward fireroom and opening both sides to the sea.

The Lansdale's skipper, Lt. Cdr. Douglas M. Swift, ordered her abandoned when he feared the stricken ship might roll "completely over." Five minutes later she broke in half, and the stern section quickly sank. The forward section sank 20 minutes later.

Forty-eight (48) officers and men were carried down with Lansdale.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 6173687

James also has a "cenotaph" in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
" Click Here " for that record.

The Lansdale received 4 Battle Stars for it's World War II Service.

The S.S. Paul Hamilton and S.S. Royal Star were also both sunk in this attack.
The Royal Star had only 1 crewman lost.
The S.S. Paul Hamilton, however, had a loss of approximately 580 men. "533" on the Hamilton that were lost were U.S. Soldiers and Sailors!

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


Family Members

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Texas.

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56246742
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for WT2 James Madison Early, Jr (7 Jun 1921–20 Apr 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56246742, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .