Sunday, June 25, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Coast Watcher Judge Trammell

Sgt. Judge Trammel was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. 
UPDATED 8/13/2017

Seventy-five years ago today newspapers across the country ran headlines about the early success of American servicemen in the Solomon Island.  At home the favorite song was Jingle Jangle Jingle by Kay Kyser. Folks were going to the movies to watch Cary Grant in Talk of the Town or Gary Cooper in Pride of the Yankees. That Thursday night, families could listen to The Rudy Vallee Show or Death Valley Days on the radio.

August 13, 1942 was also a day that would see the demise of at least 53 Americans who died serving their country that day. One of them was Judge Y. Trammell, Jr.

Judge was profiled here on his 100th birthday back in June. If you missed it, here is his story told on the 75th anniversary of his death.

He was born on June 25, 1917 in North Carolina. His mother also born in North Carolina while his father was born in Alabama. His father ran a grocery store and later worked as a realtor. Judge had three older sisters, one older brother, one younger brother and one younger sister. 

He enlisted in the army in 1939. At some point after the 1940's census, Judge married his wife Hilde. They had one son.

He became a sergeant in the headquarters battery of the 4th Field Artillery Battalion. Sgt. Trammel volunteered to set up a scouting outpost on an enemy held island in the South Pacific. During July and August 1942 Sgt. Trammell was able to forward intelligence reports to American forces regarding Japanese movements that assisted the Guadalcanal campaign. While hiding out in the jungle for weeks on end, Sgt. Trammell succumbed to jungle fever and died on August 13, 1942. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his important coast watching operation.

His grave is at Carolina Memorial Park in Concord, North Carolina. His widow remarried after his death. She died in 1964.

Thank you Judge for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Judge.

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