Alton HOWELL

 

abbott leslie
NUMBER OF SERVICE34988774
AGE18 yo
DATE OF BIRTH1926 MISSISSIPPI
ETATGeorge County MISSISSIPPI
FAMILYParent Lewis H & Hulda HOWELL
RANKPFC
FONCTIONInfantry
JOB BEFORE ENLISTEMENTFarm handMI
DATE of ENLISTEMENT26 april 1944 Camps Shelby MISSISSIPPI
COMPANYCompany H
BATTALION 
REGIMENT262th Infantry Regiment
DIVISION66th Infantry Division
DATE OF DEATH24 Décember 1944howell alton tombe
STATUSMIA
PLACE OF DEATHAboard in USS Léopoldville, In Manche(Channel), off Cherbourg
CEMETERYNORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY
GRAVE
PlotRowGrave
Wall of Missing
DECORATION
 
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Photo FDLM
 
us army div 66 262ir
STORY

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)


INFORMATION SOURCEClive TIRLEMONT - Leopoldville.org
PICTURE SOURCEClive TIRLEMONT - Frédéric LAVERNHE - Leopoldville.org
PROGRAMMERFrédéric & Renaud
TRADUCTION