John O GILLESPIE

 

gillepsie john
NUMBER OF SERVICE 24888780
AGE19 yo
DATE OF BIRTH31 may 1925
ETATMarshall County  TENNESSEE
FAMILYParent : Roy Urbane GILLESPIE & Annie Pearl DIES GILLESPIE
RANKPFC
FONCTIONInfantry
JOB BEFORE ENLISTEMENT-TN
DATE of ENLISTEMENT-
COMPANYCompany L
REGIMENT262nd Infantry Regiment
DIVISION66th Infantry Division
DATE OF DEATH24 Décembre 1944gillespie john o mur
STATUSMIA
PLACE OF DEATHAboard in USS Léopoldville, In Manche(Channel), off Cherbourg
CEMETERYNORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY from Colleville Map Normandy American Cemetery
GRAVE
PlotRowGrave
Wall of Missing
DECORATION
Purple HeartPhoto FDLM
Combat Infantryman combat infantryman badge
 

  

us army div 66 262ir

 

STORY
gillepsie john presse

Arrived on November 26th, 1944 in England, the division polishes up its training until December 24th

In the daytime of the departure and the crossing towards France and Normandy.

The division embarks on two ships of which the SS Leopoldville which receives 262th and 264th regiment Infantry and leaves Southampton in training(formation) accompanied with four escort ships.

Arrived unless 5 miles from Cherbourg, a German submarine U-Boat 486 is in ambush and sends a torpedo to the ship.

He is touched on the starboard beam before.

802 soldiers over the 2235 which he(it) transported are killed in this drama.

Leopoldville is marine cemetery today.


memorial plaqueSee History of Leopoldville (Click on the picture)


SOURCE INFORMATION & PHOTOClive TIRLEMONT - Frédéric LAVERNHE - Leopoldville.org
PROGRAMMERFrédéric & Renaud