Monday, November 25, 2013
While many of my ancestors and relatives have served in the military, there is probably only a handful who actually died while serving their country. One of those relatives is Charles James Chambers. Charles Chambers was a first cousin of my Grandpa Charlie Sherlock. Charles Chambers' parents were Michael Chambers (brother of Charlie's mother Bridget Chambers) and Winifred Callahan. Like my Grandpa Charlie, Charles James Chambers was born in Chicago, Illinois. He was 19 years younger than my grandpa, being born on 22 December 1919.
Charles J Chambers was a Staff Sargent in the 324th Infantry Regiment 44th Infantry Division during World War II. He died on 13 November 1944, probably somewhere in France. Charles received the Purple Heart Medal of Honor. He is buried in the Epinal American Cemetery in Lorraine, France. This cemetery was opened in October of 1944 to bury those Americans killed in combat in campaigns across northeastern France to Germany.