George Garnett McCauley

Birth
McKinney, Collin County, Texas, USA
Death Jul 1944 (aged 36)
Burial Body lost at sea, Specifically: WWII - Indian Ocean
Memorial ID 99622249 · View Source
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Excerpts from McKinney Gazette - July-August 1944
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Mrs Ola McCauley of this city has been notified that her son George Garnett McCauley, who was with the General Motors Corp, under the U.S. Navy's supervision, is missing.

George sailed with the overseas division of General Motors early in May, have been sworn into the Navy as a Civilian technician. The Merchant Marine ship on which he was a passenger was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine somewhere in the Indian Ocean about two days out of Ceylon. As soon as the ship was sufficiently disabled that the deck guns could not be used, the enemy submarine came to the surface and shelled the ship.

Only seven passengers where reported to have escaped and were adrift in the water when picked up by a patrol plane and service ships which came in to answer the SOS. The planes and ships patroled the area until they were sure there were no other survivors. It was reported that the ship was not near enough any island for any of the survivors to have landed.

Word of this tragedy is felt with much sorrow in McKinney where this young man was born and reared. He was 36 years old, having been born here on April 25, 1908. He has been away from here for several years however, having been employed by the General Exchange Insurance Corporation, branch office in Houston. For a year or longer he was an instructor in the Anti Aircraft School of the GMIC, at Michigan at the time he received his assignment to go overseas.

Besides his mother in McKinney he is survived by his wife, who resides in Dickinson, Texas; two sisters and two brothers.
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Additional information from the McCauley family - George was among those taken prisoner by the submarine crew after the attack and chained to the deck of the sub which submerged when rescue craft appeared.


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  • Created by: ejmii
  • Added: 26 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 99622249
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Garnett McCauley (25 Apr 1908–Jul 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 99622249, ; Maintained by ejmii (contributor 47950271) Body lost at sea, who reports a WWII - Indian Ocean.