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Cardwell, James H. S/Sgt.

Discussion in 'All Hands Club & Canteen Discussion Area' started by Alex Smart, May 16, 2017.

  1. Alex Smart

    Alex Smart Active Member

    Quick question.
    Seeking burial/or memorial details of -
    S/Sgt. James H. Farewell - 37615911.
    Tail Gunner in 340BG/488BS.
    MIA - 03/20/1945
    B25J - 43-4038 - MACR 13205.
    He must have been an airman ?
    But is recorded as " Army"on the National WW2 Memorial, no mention of air force duty
    Why would this be ?

  2. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

  3. Alex Smart

    Alex Smart Active Member

    Hello good to hear from you
    This was the one I saw, that prompted my question.


    National Archives & Records Administration
    War Department Files

    S SG James H. Cardwell

    ID: 37615911
    Branch of Service: U.S. Army
    Hometown: Butler County, MO
    Status: Killed In Action

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  4. Lucky Partners

    Lucky Partners Well-Known Member


    Remember, the National WW II Memorial site is 'self posted', this has no 'official' standing. The postings are made by friends and relatives who may not be aware of the finer points of the information they are posting.

  5. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

  6. Alex Smart

    Alex Smart Active Member

    Hello Hal,
    Many thanks for the update on the National WW2 Memorial.
    I would have though that even the relatives would have known he was in the Air Force ?
    Hello King man,
    Yes that is the page that I tried to place in my earlier post, don't know how it came out different ?
    As you can see it just says US Army.
  7. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    Hello Alex,
    I am not sure there is a good answer here. In fact at the time the Air Forces were a branch of the U.S. Army. One would think the U.S. National Archive would also have this added Air Forces detail for S/Sgt Cardwell. Here is his Headstone Application
    S Sgt James H Cardwell_Headstone_Application.jpg

  8. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member


    Attached Files:

  9. Alex Smart

    Alex Smart Active Member

    Thank you Scott, that seals the airman's final resting place.

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