Does anyone have any information on Pvt James W. Pate. This is my grandfather who was a survivor of the Leopoldville and woke in the Cherbourg hospital. He has passed now and I cannot get any information from him but would love to tell my mom any information. I know he would get choked up if asked. Thanks, Ellen
Pvt. James W. Pate was assigned to Company F, Company Headquarters platoon, 262nd Regiment, 66th Infantry Division.
They were quartered where the torpedo struck the Leopoldville. Pvt. Pate was one of 2 survivors from his platoon and both survivors were hospitalized. There were 3 bodies from the platoon recovered and the bodies of 21 soldiers from the platoon were never found. Stats are from my copy of National archive official army Leopoldville casualty lists prepared on 12/29/1944 & 01/05/1945.
Leopoldville disaster author/historian