James Ernest Stone was born in Whitley, Kentucky, the son of Lewis Prinston Stone and Sarah Jane “Sallie” Rodgers.
He was a casualty of the S.S. Paul Hamilton. On 20 April 1944 the Liberty Ship SS Paul Hamilton was hit by an aerial torpedo off Algiers and sunk with 504 men and officers killed near Cape Bengut.
The LaFollette Press, June 1, 1944
James Ernest Stone, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Stone, was one of the 498 passengers listed as missing from a transport which was sunk in the Mediterranean area April 20th.
He entered the army in February 1943. He took his training as radio operator at Scott Field in Illinois, and Truax Field in Wisconsin. Before going across Stone was stationed at Fairmont AAB, Neb.
Pfc. Stone was a graduate of LaFollette High School and was employed as truck driver for the LaFollette Laundry before enter into the service.
Memorialized at North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia
- Rank: Private First Class
- Date of birth: 17 February 1923
- Date of death: 20 April 1944
- County: Campbell
- Hometown: La Follette
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 831st Bomber Squadron, 485th Bomber Group, Heavy
- Theater: North Africa
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia
- Location In Memorial: Pillar VII, Middle Panel
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