|James North and the men of E Company, 273rd Regiment, 69th Division|
James U. North could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on January 2, 1917 in Georgia to Georgia born parents. According to the census records he had two older sisters, three older brothers, and one younger brother.
By 1940 he was a high school graduate, married, and working as a carpenter. His wife Marion Lois North was 17 years old.
James became a private in Company E, 2nd Battalion, 273 Regiment of the 69th Infantry Division. The unit began training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Many of the original troops were pulled out of the unit and sent to other units as replacements. North stayed with the 273rd Regiment.
His unit was late getting into the action in Europe. Private North's regiment landed in Le Havre on January 23, 1945. They moved up to the front by mid-February. Their assignment was to attack through the Siegfried Line. During the attack, Company E withstood heavy artillery and mortar fire as they captured the city of Rescheid on February 28. That was the day Private North died, most likely participating in this action. 17 other men from Company E were also killed serving in WW2.
Thank you James for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for James.
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