Voor Informatie over Soldaten gesneuveld in Europa. Tijdens de 2e Wereldoorlog.


Deze website is opgedragen aan de mannen en vrouwen van de geallieerde strijdkrachten die in de Asia-Pacific Regio zijn omgekomen tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog.

informatie over iets

op deze Website, of anders.


Gaston, James Elliott

Rank and Name, Motor Machinist’s Mate Second Class James Elliot Gaston.

Unit/Placed in, USS YMS-409, Mine-Sweeper, United States Navy.


On September 13th, 1944, U.S. motor minesweeper YMS-409 founders and sinks in a storm, off the Atlantic Coast. YMS-409 and her 33 men are believed to have gone down roughly 3 miles East of Cape Hatteras


James is born approx. on 18 Aug. 1924 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Father, William E. Gaston.

Mother, Minnie L (Rhodes) Gaston.

Sister(s), Catherine (Gaston) Hare.


James enlisted the service in Alabama with service number # 8373118.


James died when the YMS-409 was foundered and sunk in the Hurricane on 13 Sep. 1944, he is honored with a Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


James is buried/mentioned at East Coast Memorial, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA.

Tablets of the Missing

He also has a Memorial Grave at Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, USA.


Thanks to, https://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?137056


Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com and Europe 1940-1945 on Facebook.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

USS YMS-409 Mine-Sweeper
Crew Elliot with Pipe
James Elliot Gaston
Hi rank Motor Machinist;s Mate Second Class
Casualty List Alabama
Rank former Apprentice