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Pvt William M Ferguson

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Pvt William M Ferguson Veteran

Birth
Death
20 Apr 1944
At Sea
Burial
Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot
Tablets of the Missing - Army
Memorial ID
56246913 View Source

William served as a Private, 32nd Photographic Squadron, 5th Reconnaissance Group, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

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

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on January 24, 1941, prior to the war, in Richmond, Virginia. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a sheet metal worker and also as Single, without dependents.

William was a passenger on the S.S. Paul Hamilton (Hull Number 227) when the ship was sunk off Algiers in the Mediterranean Sea by a aerial torpedo dropped by a German Ju 88 bomber. The ship sank within 30 seconds due to the high amount of explosives on board. 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 # 33783204

( 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.

William served as a Private, 32nd Photographic Squadron, 5th Reconnaissance Group, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

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

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on January 24, 1941, prior to the war, in Richmond, Virginia. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a sheet metal worker and also as Single, without dependents.

William was a passenger on the S.S. Paul Hamilton (Hull Number 227) when the ship was sunk off Algiers in the Mediterranean Sea by a aerial torpedo dropped by a German Ju 88 bomber. The ship sank within 30 seconds due to the high amount of explosives on board. 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 # 33783204

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

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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