Bryan J. TURNER

 

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NUMBER OF SERVICE14191062
AGE21 yo
DATE OF BIRTH19 July 1923, Humphreys County
ETATTENNESSEE
FAMILYParents:Samuel Bryan TURNER & Laura Johnson de Bell TURNER
RANKPVT
FONCTIONInfantryman
JOB BEFORE ENLISTEMENT TN
DATE of ENLISTEMENT 
DIVISION GROUPInfantry
ARMYU.S Army
DATE OF DEATH13 Marh 45turner bryan tombe
STATUSMIA - Inhumed at sea
PLACE OF DEATHNorth-west of the Azores Archipelago
CEMETERYBRITTANY AMERICAN CEMETERY of St James

Map of St James American Cemetery

GRAVE
PlotRowGrave
Wall of Missing
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STORY

Private Turner's Obituaries


Private Turner, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Turner Sr. of Hurricane Mills was lost at sea March 13, 1945, according to a letter received from the War Department by his parents last week. Turner was nearly twenty two, a very bright scholar in high school and a very much loved young man of his community. Following is the death notice.


« Your son was aboard the U.S. Army Transport J.W. McAndrew enroute to the European Continent. On the morning of March 13, 1945 about 4 A.M., northwest of the Azores Islands, thsi vessel was struck by the French Aircraft Carrier Bearn, which was in the convoy and off course due to a mechanical failure.



The McAndrew suffered a gaping hole in No.1 hold in which one hundred and thirty-four (134) enlisted men were quartered .


Eighty-one (81) of these were washed out to sea by the onrushing waters. The prevailing conditions at the time, heavy seas, darkness and poor visibility made rescue operations difficult. Two escort destroyers managed to rescue (13) enlisted men. The remaining sixty-eight (68), including your son perished despite all efforts to effect their rescue. »

One of Turner's friends saw him climbing up one of No.1 hold's ladders, he had a severe head wound, this may have made him lose consciousness after so many efforts.


Bryan Turner Jr


USAT J.W McAndrew in November 1942 in Casablanca.

The French Aircraft Carrier "Bearn"


SOURCE INFORMATION & PHOTOJF PELLOUAIS - Find A Grave - US Navy Armed Guard WWII Veterans - F LAVERNHE
PROGRAMMERGarrett, Clive, Frédéric & Renaud