John Weldon HARRIS

 

Harris John Weldon
NUMBER OF SERVICE34989029 
AGE18 yo
DATE OF BIRTH30 October 1926 Marion County ALABAMA
ETATFayette county ALABAMA
FAMILY

Parents: Marion Arther & Ethel Kerr HARRIS 

RANKP F C 
FONCTIONInfantryMan
JOB BEFORE ENLISTEMENT AL
DATE of ENLISTEMENT27 April 1944 Camps Shelby MISSISSIPPI 
COMPANY 
REGIMENT262nd Infantry Regiment
DIVISION66th Infantry Division
"Black Panther Division"
DATE OF DEATH24 Décembre 1944harris john w mur
STATUSMIA
PLACE OF DEATHAboard in USS Léopoldville, In Manche(Channel), off Cherbourg
CEMETERYNORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY from Colleville Map Normandy American Cemetery
GRAVE
lotRowGrave
Wall of Missing
DECORATION

Purple Heart

Photo FDLM

 

  

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STORY
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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 - Findagrave.com
PROGRAMMERGarrett, Clive, Frédéric & Renaud