Lieutenant James W. Currence

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World War II

US Army
Liaison Pilot Course, FA School, Fort Sill, OK
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Born: October 1921, Wray, Colorado
Inducted: before 1944
Died: November 29, 1945 in plane crash at Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Buried: Lot E 267-1, Park Hill Cemetery Vancouver, Washington

Bronze Star Medal

Son of Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Currence formerly of Wray.

Lawton, Oklahoma newspaper, Nov 30, 1945

Pilot Killed in Crash Near Cache

First Lt. James W. Currence, 24, Caldwell, Idaho, was killed late yesterday afternoon while on a routine training flight when his liaison plane crashed and burned near Cache, Col. Charles W. Gallaher, post commander, announced today.

Wearer of the Bronze Star Medal, he had served in the European theater of operations with the 278th field artillery battalion from July 15, 1944 to May 19, 1945; and participated in the north France, Rhineland and central Europe campaigns.

At the time of his death, he was a student in the liaison student pilot course at the department of air training, Field Artillery School.

Next of kin has been notified of his death.

A board of officers will investigate to determine the cause of the accident.

Vancouver, Washington newspaper - December 1945


November 29, 1945, at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, Lt. James W. Currence, formerly of Vancouver, aged 24 years. Born 1921 at Wray, Colorado. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Currence, Caldwell, Idaho.

Funerals - CURRENCE

Funeral services for the late Lt. James W. Currence, formerly of Vancouver, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, Dec 4, 1945 at Hamiltons' chapel. Interment Park Hill Cemetery.

Vancouver, Washington newspaper - December 1945

Lt. Currence is Summoned

Lt. James W. Currence, 24, formerly of Vancouver, died last Thursday at Fort Sill, Okla., it was announced today. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Currence, Caldwell, Idaho; the brother of Doris and Shirley Currence, Caldwell; the grandson of Mrs. Ila Currence, Vancouver, and of Mrs. Steinmitz, St. Louis, Mo.; the nephew of Mrs. Merle O'Day and Mrs. Grace Wilson, Vancouver. Lt. Currence was born at Wray, Colo.

Full military services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 4, in Hamilton's chapel, with Chaplain thomas Lusk officiating. Interment will be at Park Hill Cemetery [Vancouver].

Yuma Pioneer December 13, 1945


Mrs. Robert Jewell received word her cousin, Lieutenant James W. Currence, 23, met death in an airplane crash. Details are lacking. Lt Currence served with the Third Army under General Patton throughout the war, and shortly after hostilities ceased was transferred to the United States for further training. Jimmy was a former Yuma county boy, Wray being his birthplace, later moving to Van Couver, Washington, with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Currence, and two sisters, Doris and Shirley, of Caldwell, Idaho. Burial was at Van Couver, Wash. Dec 4.

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