MM1 Bernard Paul La Flamme

MM1 Bernard Paul La Flamme

Birth
Death 20 Apr 1944
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Memorial ID 56248331 · 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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Bernard served as a Machinist's Mate First Class, U.S.S. Lansdale (DD-426), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Hampshire County, Massachusetts prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Navy prior to the war on July 2, 1940 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was assigned to the U.S.S. Lansdale on October 15, 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 2125672

Husband of Virginia Louise La Flamme who resided in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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 )

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Massachusetts.

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56248331
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for MM1 Bernard Paul La Flamme (unknown–20 Apr 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56248331, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .