James Edward Eslick (1926-1946)
Fireman Second Class James Edward Eslick was born in 1926 in Dustin, Oklahoma, the son of James Perry Eslick and his wife Anna Mae Crist. He was with his parents in the 1930 census and with his widowed father and four brothers in the 1940 census. He joined the United States Naval Reserve in the state of Washington, service number 7835507.
James lost his life in combat in the Pacific. His ship was reported missing on 5 May 1945 at which point he was identified as missing in action. His official date of death is listed as 5 May 1946. He is commemorated on the Honolulu Memorial along with 28,800 other soldiers and sailors missing in action in the Pacific during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. The inscription reads:
In these gardens are recorded the names of Americans who gave their lives in the service of their country and whose earthly resting place is known only to God.
James was awarded the Purple Heart for his sacrifice.
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