SGT Lawrence Emmett Durfey

SGT Lawrence Emmett Durfey

Essex, Page County, Iowa, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 33)
At Sea
Cenotaph Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
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Memorial ID 7834982 · View Source
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U.S. Army World War II Veteran. Born at Essex, Iowa and moved to the Laird community, Colorado with his parents in 1918. He enlisted into the service on March 11, 1941 and served as a Sergeant with the 32nd Photographic Squadron, 5th Reconnaissance Group, 15th Air Force. He was a passenger on the Liberty ship S.S. Paul Hamilton, a part of convoy UGS38, which was sunk, with all hands when attacked by German bombers near North Africa in the Mediterranean Sea. A total of 580 men, 47 crew, 504 Army Air Force personal and 29 Armed Guards, lost their lives. The loss of the Paul Hamilton produced the largest casualty list of any Liberty ship sinking in World War II. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

NARA War Department records list this soldiers Home of Record as Yuma County, Colorado...Killed In Action.

***My deepest appreciation goes out to John "J-Cat" Griffith (#46568383) for his transfer of this memorial to my care as well as adding his photos***



  • Maintained by: Eric Ackerman
  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 4 Sep 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 7834982
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SGT Lawrence Emmett Durfey (4 Oct 1910–20 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 7834982, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Eric Ackerman (contributor 48445240) .