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Durham, James Lee (P2, C2, L15)

James L. DurhamJames Lee Durham of Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky, was born 5 February 1921. He joined Service Company of the 149th Infantry of the Kentucky National Guard in April 1939. Private First Class Durham was inducted into federal active duty with his unit in January 1941. He listed his civilian occupation as student likely owing to his having just completed high school. On active duty during World War II, Durham was promoted to Second Lieutenant and served with Company B of the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division. He was killed on D-Day, 6 June 1944 in Normandy, France by friendly fire and is buried in the Fairview Cemetery, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Lieut. Durham Is Missing
First Warren Casualty In Invasion Is Reported

Unknown newspaper, 28 June 1944.

First casualty of the invasion among Warren County soldiers was reported today when Mr. & Mrs. A. H. Durham, Cemetery road, received a message from the War Department that their son, Lieut. James L. Durham, 22, was missing in action since June 6 in France.

Lieut. Durham was a member of the Airborne Engineers Corps. He was a member of the National Guard and left with the outfit when it
was called for active duty in January, 1941, at Camp Shelby, Miss. Prior to his entering the service he was employed by the Central Tire Company, Tenth and College streets. . .

Local Man Is Declared Dead By War Department

Unknown newspaper, 12 June 1945.

Lieut. James L. Durham, son of Mr. & Mrs. A. H. Durham, Cemetery road, missing in action since June 6, 1944, when he parachuted from an airplane over Northern France in the D-Day invasion, has been declared officially dead by the War Department, his parents were notified yesterday. Lieut. Durham entered active duty with the National Guard in January, 1941, and went overseas in March, 1944, with an engineering corps.

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