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
Navy Seal Memorial, http://www.navysealmemorials.com
Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org
Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com
Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/