Corp Chester E Sexton

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Corp Chester E Sexton

Pulaski County, Kentucky, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 18)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
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Memorial ID 56250249 · View Source
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Chester served as a Corporal, 831st Bomber Squadron, 485th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Pulaski County, Kentucky prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on December 10, 1942 at Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky. Service # 15394155 He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Single, without dependents.

Chester 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 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.

Chester was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking during the war.
He was awarded the Purple Heart.

( 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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  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Corp Chester E Sexton (27 Dec 1925–20 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56250249, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Rolling Thunder KY (contributor 49801517) .