PFC Jim Huggans


PFC Jim Huggans

Stevensville, Ravalli County, Montana, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 24)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
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Memorial ID 56247820 View Source
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Jim served as a Private First Class, 228th Medical Dispensary, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Ravalli County, Montana prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on May 20, 1942 in Missoula, Montana. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Farm hand and also as Single, without dependents.

Jim 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 39606595

( 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.
Weight: 145
Complexion: Light
Eye Color: Hazel
Hair Color: Brown
Height: 5 9

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Jim Huggans (16 Nov 1919–20 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56247820, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .