James Ueal Williams
Died 13 November 1942
Officially declared dead on 14 November 1943
Memorialized at the Manila American Cemetery, Philippines
Seaman Second Class
Served on the U.S.S. Dixie and was transferred to the U.S.S. Cushing (DD376) on 15 September 1942. The U.S.S. Cushing was lost due to enemy action on November 13, 1942, about two miles to the southeast of Savo Island. The Cushing was heavily hit by enemy fire at about 02,00, and was stopped, lying dead in the water with no power on the ship. Shortly thereafter the ship again came under heavy enemy fire to which no adequate reply could be made. At about 0220, while under fire, the Commanding Officer ordered that the ship be abandoned, and about one half the crew (who were unwounded) and over sixty-five wounded men and six wounded and four unwounded officers left the ship. Due to the enemy fire the ship commenced to burn furiously forward, spreading aft. There was also a fire below decks aft.
At about 0315, the Commanding Officer left the ship and believes that he was the last man off the ship.
Father: Mr. James Alfred Williams, Rt 2, Dayton, TN