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James E. Earheart Jr.

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James Edward Earheart Jr.
Born(1913-04-25)25 April 1913
Cincinnati, Ohio
Died8 November 1942(1942-11-08) (aged 29)
Oran, Algeria
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1942
RankPrivate First Class
Battles/warsWorld War II
*Operation Torch
AwardsSilver Star

James E. Earheart Jr. (1913–1942) was a United States Marine killed in action during World War II who received the Silver Star posthumously for his actions.

Biography[edit]

James Edward Earheart Jr. was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on 25 April 1913 and was of German descent. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on 7 January 1942.

During Operation Torch, the Allied amphibious landings in North Africa, on 8 November 1942, Private First Class Earheart was a member of a naval antisabotage party embarked in a British warship which was damaged during the entry into Oran, Algeria. Heroically, he volunteered, in the face of continuous Vichy French shelling, to swim to a harbor tug whose movements were endangering the men abandoning the warship. He was killed in this effort.

Awards[edit]

Private First Class Earheart was awarded the Silver Star posthumously for his actions at Oran.

Namesake[edit]

The U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Earheart (DE-603) was named for Private First Class Earheart. She was converted during construction into the high-speed transport USS Earheart (APD-113), and was in commission as such from 1945 to 1946.

References[edit]

  • This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.


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