James Warren Lemmond 086880144451
James Warren Lemmond, 1st Lieutenant, 0-868014-451 BM SQDN 8th Air Corps
Fathers Name - Walter F. Lemmond, Monroe, N.C.
Mothers Name - Lula Mae Lemmond, Monroe, N.C.
James Warren Lemmond, 1st Lt., was born in Monroe, N.C. August 6th, 1921. On the night of July 8, 1944 he volunteered to fly his B-26 Bomber on a night mission to bomb a robot platform in France. The target was between Abbeville and Dollens, France. he unloaded his bombs but his plane did not get back to his base in England. Burial information dated April 28, 1947 from the War Department stated that he was killed in action July 8, 1944 and buried in Burdon, France. A letter dated May 11, 1947 stated that
after being definitely identifed by his dental chart, he was given his last resting place in a government cemetary in St. Laurent, France, Plot C, Row 22, Grave 8, Headstone Cross.
Lieutenant Lemmond graduated from Monroe High School on May 25, 1939. While in his last year in high school, he stood the highest in his class and was elected president of the National Honor Society. He was a star foot ball player, a baseball player and a boxer. In his high school boxing, he won ten, lost two on points, drew eight, and was TKOd once. He entered N.C. State College in Raleigh for the 1939-40 term.
He was a member of the Central Methodist Church at Monroe, N.C. and a devout Christian. He was very active in the young peoples groups of his age. He leave six brothers: E.W., S.F., M.W., K.T., J.L., and V.R. Lemmond; two sisters: Mrs. Ruby Moore and Frances Burgess.
In the summer of 1940 he enlisted in the Home Guard at Monroe and was inducted into the National Guard September 16, 1940. His training was taken at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. While there, Sgt. Lemmond was transferred to the 8th Air Corps. He obtained his wings at Ellington Field, Houston, Texas.
On December 5, 1942, Lt. Lemmond and Miss Carrie Broom, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Broom of Monroe, were married in Houston, Texas.
Early in 1943, he flew his B-26 plane to England with his crew and was based near London. His targets were railroad round houses and yards, trains, and robot bomb platforms. He was promoted to Operational Officer and was up for the rank of captain when he was reported missing in action. He was awarded the Air Medal, Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart, which were presented to his wife here in Monroe.
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