Childs, Curtis, Pvt

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Chemical Corps
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 29th Chemical Decontamination Company
Service Years
1941 - 1944


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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Dawson, Terrell County, Georgia

Casualty Date
May 21, 1944
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Other Accident
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
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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 Unit Assignments
29th Chemical Decontamination Company
  1944-1944, 29th Chemical Decontamination Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - American Theater/West Loch Explosions (1944)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Private Curtis Childs enlisted on 13 September 1941 at Fort Benning, Georgia.  His home in 140 was in Dawson, Terrel County, Georgia.

He was Killed in Action on May 21, 1944, at West Loch, Pearl Harbor, Oahu Hawaii, while loading mortar ammunition that 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:  Born approximately in 1923, was 17 in the 1940 Census.
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