Monday, June 6, 2016
PFC James Merritt Padley
James entered the service immediately after his high school graduation in February 1943. He was then sent overseas in June of that same year and assigned to A Company 116th Infantry. He trained with that unit for the amphibious assault that was a planned part of the invasion and liberation of occupied Europe. PFC Padley was killed in action on 6 Jun 1944 while participating in that assault on the French beach code-named Omaha at the village of Vierville-sur-Mer. He was aboard LCA 911 when it sank and reportedly drowned. Originally reported missing in action his body was recovered and initially buried at the Blosville Cemetery.
PFC Padley was repatriated in 1948 and re-interred at Saint Georges Cemetery in Saint Georges, Delaware with many other family members.
His father died in 1953 and his mother died in 1998.