Bingham, James Cable, T/5

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Last Rank
Technician Fifth Grade
Last Service Branch
Chemical Corps
Last Primary MOS
809-Decontaminating Equipment Operator
Last MOS Group
Chemical (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1944, 809, 29th Chemical Decontamination Company
Service Years
1941 - 1944

Technician Fifth Grade


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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1912
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Philadelphia
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
May 21, 1944
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Reason
Other Accident
Location
Hawaii
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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World War II Fallen
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 Unit Assignments
29th Chemical Decontamination Company
  1942-1944, 809, 29th Chemical Decontamination Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - American Theater/West Loch Explosions (1944)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Technician Fifth Grade James Bingham was killed on 21 May 1944, He was killed on 21 May 1944, at West Loch, Pearl Harbor, Oahu Hawaii, while loading mortar ammunition.  This ammunition subsequently exploded aboard LSTs destined for the invasion of Saipan (as part of Operation Forager).

There was a black out of news regarding this incident, though followed two months later by the Port Chicago Disaster in California, and the details of the tragedy remained shrouded in secrecy for many years.

LST 480 remains at the site where the explosions and fires occurred that Sunday afternoon. This incident came to be known as The West Loch Disaster.

Note:
"The West Loch Disaster was a previously secret American World War II maritime accident during which six ships docked at the West Loch peninsula in Pearl Harbor sank and 163 service members loading the vessels with munitions and supplies were killed. Operations at West Loch served as a staging area for ships in preparation for Operation Forager, the invasion of Japanese-held Mariana Islands. In addition to the Sailors and Marines that prepared the ships for the upcoming operation, Army personnel from the predominantly African-American 29th Chemical Decontamination Company also loaded the ships."
Source:
http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=53604
   
Comments/Citation
Note: Enlisted at Fort Meade, Maryland on 9 July 1941. Married to Eleanor Bingham. of Philadelphia.
   
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