NAME
William Alford James
alt. William Alfred James
NICKNAME
MCSN
379240
HOME OF RECORD
Mills Branch, Denison, TX
NEXT OF KIN
Father, Mr. Willie James
DATE OF BIRTH
March 28, 1925
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
March 9, 1942
DATE OF LOSS
August 8, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Gavutu / Hill 148
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA / Declared Dead
August 9, 1942
UNIT
M/3/2nd Marines
DUTY
Machine Gunner
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Private James’ 4th Platoon of M/3/2 landed on Gavutu, British Solomon Islands, at 1025 on 8 August, 1942. This platoon, attached to K/3/2, participated in mopping up operations in the vicinity of Hill 148.
At 1330, as 3/2 relieved a unit of Paramarines atop the hill, they were mistakenly attacked by an American SBD pilot. The bomb struck K Company positions on the northwest nose of the hill, wounding nine and obliterating Privates James, William Pollock, and Merlyn Thompson.
The three privates were listed as Missing In Action, and declared dead on 9 August 1943.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private
STATUS OF REMAINS
“Missing as result of aerial bomb his position.
Body not recovered.”
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

Biography:
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Composite of excerpts from the August, 1942 muster roll of M/3/2nd Marines.

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