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1Lt Paul J Jordan

1Lt Paul J Jordan

Ilion, Herkimer County, New York, USA
Death 4 Dec 1944 (aged 24)
Burial Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
Plot Plot B Row 4 Grave 21
Memorial ID 56291179 · View Source
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Husband of Angela Cavagnaro Jordan.

Father of 11 month old daughter.

Paul served as a First Lieutenant in Company G, 317th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Lewis County, New York prior to the war.

He "Died Of Wounds" in a hospital in England. He had suffered a leg injury in action on September 20 near Dieulouard, Meurth-et-Moselle, France and was transfered to the 67th General Hospital in England where he died of blood poisoning after surgery performed December 3. He was awarded a Purple Heart.

Service # O-443770


Article submitted by Chris Stout:

Transfusing blood remains an inexact science today, despite substantial progress in the past century. As early as the year Columbus discovered America doctors were administering blood transfusions to the ill and injured but only in 1818 was the first successful transfusion of human blood to a patient performed.

Nearly a century later, in 1907 it was determined that the safety of a transfusion could be improved by matching blood types between donors and recipients to exclude incompatible mixtures.

In 1916, because of the exceptional needs arising out of World War I, the British established the first blood "depot" and in 1937 the first hospital blood bank in the United States was established. Three years later the Rh Blood group system was discovered and determined to be the cause of the majority of adverse reactions to blood transfusions and the dangers of blood transfusions quickly subsided.

Have we progressed over the past 60 years? It is an understatement to say that World War II saw an increase in the demand for blood. The public constantly saw posters with slogans like "Give Blood Now," "Your Blood Can Save Him," and "He Gave His Blood. Will You Give Yours?" The response was massive. During World War II, some 13,000,000 units were donated in the United States in addition to 68,500 gallons in London. Then, as now, blood transfusions carried a number of health risks. One unfortunate witness to this problem was Paul Jordan, one of Ridgewood's 113 Honored Dead.

Paul was born November 16, 1920 and grew up in Lyons Falls with his parents and brother. He did his early schooling there. Upon graduation, he was in the insurance business before entering the service.

He attended Plattsburg Civilian Training Camp which enabled him to get his commission and he joined the Army April 12, 1942. In August of that year he married Angela Cavagnaro, a Ridgewood High School graduate in the class of 1936, at Mount Carmel Church in Ridgewood. They met when she was teaching at Lyons Falls High School. Before he went overseas they lived off-base at Camp Croft, SC and later had a daughter. Their Ridgewood address was at her parent's home at 68 Wildwood Road. Paul was an expert pistol marksman and could have represented the USA in that venue at the 1944 Olympic Games, had circumstances been different.

Paul went overseas in July 1944 with Company G, 317th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division (the "Blue Ridge Division"). They landed in Greenock, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, trained in Northwich, England and crossed the Channel to land on Utah Beach August 2. The 80th went into combat August 8 at Le Mans and during the next nine months served in General Patton's 3rd Army fighting its way across Northern France, Belgium and into Germany. Lt. Jordan suffered a leg injury in action on September 20 near Dieulouard, Meurth-et-Moselle, France.

What should have been his ticket home turned into a tragedy. He was transferred to the 67th General Hospital in England where his brother-in-law was stationed. Despite optimistic letters home from both of them, Paul died December 4, 1944 of blood poisoning after surgery performed December 3. He is buried in Plot B, Row 4, Grave 21 in the Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England. At death he was 24 years old.

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56291179
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt Paul J Jordan (16 Nov 1920–4 Dec 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56291179, citing Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .