Tec5 John D Gambrel

Tec5 John D Gambrel

Birth
Death 20 Apr 1944
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets of the Missing - Army
Memorial ID 56247118 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until April 21, 1945, 1 year and 1 day after he went missing as was the custom.

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John served as a Technician Fifth Grade, Ship's Complement, Hampton Rhodes Port of Embark, S.S. Paul Hamilton (Hull Number 227), U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Bronx County, New York prior to the war.

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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 32692639

( 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: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56247118
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tec5 John D Gambrel (unknown–20 Apr 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56247118, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .