James Edward Medley
Mother: Mrs. Ella Marie Warwick, 306 8th Avenue, Fountain City, Knoxville

Seaman Medley was a member of the Naval Armed Guard shipped aboard the freighter Jack. On 31 May 1942 while in transit through the Caribbean, the Jack was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U 155 about 100 miles southewst of Haiti. Three of the nine-man armed guard were lost. The others were rescued by the U.S. submarine Grunion.

Memorialized at the East Coast Memorial, New York, NY

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, June 14, 1942
From the Atlantic war area, tragic news has reached Mr. and Mrs. S.E. Warwick, of Fountain City. A Navy Department telegram yesterday informed them that their son, Seaman James E. Medley, 2nd class is among those missing since his ship went down on May 27. Seaman Medley, 18, former Central High student, joined the Navy in January and had been on active duty since training, his mother said. His last letter was postmarked, Puerto Rico, May 23. It reached his parents the day his ship was reported to have been sunk.

  • Rank: Seaman Second Class
  • Date of death: 31 May 1942
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: USAT Jack
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: East Coast Memorial, New York, NY
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Middle Panel
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