Tec5 James Charles Gray

Tec5 James Charles Gray

Birth
Claiborne County, Tennessee, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 34)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets of the Missing - Army
Memorial ID 56247326 · View Source
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James served as a Technician Fifth Grade, 228th Medical Dispensary, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Claiborne County, Tennessee prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on January 6, 1943 at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Divorced, with dependents.

James 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 34504295

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

( 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 56247326
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tec5 James Charles Gray (9 Oct 1909–20 Apr 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56247326, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .