Sgt John Albert Quade

Sgt John Albert Quade

Michigan, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 20–21)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets of the Missing - Army
Memorial ID 56249792 · View Source
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John served as a Sergeant, 32nd Photographic Squadron, 5th Reconnaissance Group, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Wayne County, Michigan prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on December 7, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Machinist and also as Single, without dependents.

John 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 16152017

( 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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Previously added to Find A Grave,
Source unknown and wrong ship is noted:

The U.S.S. Lansdale was a destroyer and not a troop ship.


Sgt John Quade, 20, son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Albert Quade, former Iron Mountain, Michigan residents, lost his life April 20, when the troopship U.S.S. Lansdale was sunk by enemy action in the Mediterranean, according to the United States War Department.

His sister, Mrs. W. Harkness, Detroit, has been told he was missing. A later telegram established that Sgt Quade, a camera repairman, lost his life on the day he was reported missing,

Sgt Quade was well-known in Iron Mountain where he attended school. He assisted his father, manager of the old Felch Hotel & later worked with his brother Stanley, who is now a SSgt. In the United States Army, in his photographic studio.

Sgt Quade left Iron Mountain to work in Detroit in 1942 & lived with his sister. He enlisted in the service Dec. 2, 1942 on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor & was trained stateside before being assigned overseas.

The sister & brother are his only survivors.
Memorials are at North African American Cemetery & Memorial in Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia & Cemetery Park, Iron Mountain, Michigan. His actual body was lost at sea.

(June 13, 1944, The Daily News, Iron Mountain, Dickinson, Michigan.)

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt John Albert Quade (1923–20 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56249792, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .