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Mitchell James Charles “Buster”

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Name:
James Charles “Buster”  Mitchell
Rank:
Staff Sergeant
Serial Number:
Unit:
557th Quartermaster Raildhead Company
Date of Death:
1944-04-28
State:
Texas
Cemetery:
Ridge Park Cemetery, Hillsboro, Texas
Plot:
Section 31
Row:
Grave:
Decoration:
Purple Heart
Comments:

James Charles “Buster” Mitchell was born on December 7, 1920 in Monticello, Drew County, Arkansas. He was the son of James Monroe Mitchell and Annie Lee Moore Mitchell. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a Staff Sergeant in the 557th Quartermaster Raildhead Company. He was killed during the Exercise Tiger--one of the large-scale rehearsals for the D-Day invasion of Normandy. This took place in April 1944 in Slapton Sands, Devon in the UK. An Allied naval convoy involved in the exercise was attacked by German submarines, and coordination and communication problems resulted in friendly fire deaths. At least 749 American servicemen were killed. Because of the impending invasion of Normandy, the incident was highly classified and the full story did not come out until years later after the war. He died on April 28, 1944 at the age of 23 and is now buried in Ridge Park Cemetery, Hillsboro, Hill County, Texas, USA.