SSgt Fredrick W Sleyster

SSgt Fredrick W Sleyster

Missouri, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 20)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets of the Missing - Army
Memorial ID 56250372 · View Source
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Fredrick served as a Staff Sergeant, 32nd Photographic Squadron, 5th Reconnaissance Group, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Chariton County, Missouri prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on August 13, 1940, prior to the war, at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the manufacture of automobiles and also as Single, without dependents.

Fredrick 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.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 17007050

Fredrick also has a "cenotaph" in the Dalton City Cemetery, Bowling Green Township, Missouri that displays, in error, that he was on the U.S.S. Lansdale (DD-426) and also in error that he died in the "Line Of Duty" when he was actually "Missing In Action".
( see family links below for that memorial )

( 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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  • Find a Grave Memorial 56250372
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt Fredrick W Sleyster (22 Jun 1923–20 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56250372, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .