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James E. Cahill
Name: James E. Cahill Rank: Technician 4th Grade Service Number: 31018206 Service: 493rd Quartermaster Depot Company, US Army Date of Birth: July 23, 1916 Place of Birth: Halifax, NS Date of Enlistment: February 27, 1941 Place of Enlistment: Boston, Massachusetts Address at Enlistment: Roxbury, Suffolk Co., Mass. Age at Enlistment: 24 Height: 5 feet, 5 inches Complexion: Light Hair Color: Brown Eye Color: Blue Marital Status: Single Date of Death: September 17, 1943 Age: 28 Cemetery: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii, US Grave: Section P, Site 1141 James E. Cahill (middle name recorded as Evert and Everett) was the son of Patrick Joseph Cahill (1891- 1974) and Mary Letitia Barry (1892-1923). Both his parents were born in Halifax, NS. He had a sister Mary Letitia who died an infant in 1917, and a brother William Joseph (1914-1993). James’ mother passed away in 1923, and James immigrated to the US permanently aboard the SS Newfoundland from Halifax to Boston in November 1930. He registered for the US Draft on October 16, 1940 at 20 Whitter St. in Roxbury, Boston, Mass. At the time he was living at 36 Guerney St. in Roxbury, Mass. and working MacLellan Brothers on Columbus Ave in Boston. He listed his next of kin as his aunt Catherine Barry who lived at the same address. He applied for US citizenship May 10, 1941, in Boston, Mass. After his enlistment in 1941, James was assigned to the 493rd Quartermaster Depot Company of the US Army. The 493rd participated in the Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (February 22, 1943- November 21, 1944) during the Second World War. Technician James Cahill died of non-battle causes in the Pacific and was interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii.
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James (left) Family Photo 1941