FITZPATRICK, JAMES ROBERT, Captain, # 0-1285730, U.S. Army, Quartermaster Corps
James R. Fitzpatrick was born 17 January 1921 in Kenton, Hardin County, Ohio, to Randoplh George Fitzpatrick (1888-1968) and Flora (Wenner) Fitzpatrick (1889-1968). Siblings included Clarence Wenner Fitzpatrick (1911-1971), William Forrest Fitzpatrick (1914-1992), and Ruth Edna Fitzpatrick (1915-1982). He was married to Edith Amelia (Ries) Fitzpatrick (1918-2002). Final rites for Captain James R. Fitzpatrick were held at 10 a.m., 8 June, 1950. His widow, Mrs. Edith A. Fitzpatrick, Kenton, attended. He was survived by his mother, Mrs. Flo Fitzpatrick, Kenton, and his father, R.G. Fitzpatrick, Kenton, two brothers, Forrest, Boston., Mass., and Clarence, Lima, and a sister, Ruth, of Kenton.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard in Kenton, Ohio, on 15 October 1940. He was assigned to the infantry. On 18 January 1944, a C-47A troop carrier, 41-19476, assigned to the 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, departed Dinjan, India, on a food packet drop mission to Burma. It was last contacted by radio. It was shot down by enemy fighters in Burma. All aboard were killed in action. Graves Registration recovered mixed remains of the named servicemen and returned the remains to the U.S. for burial. On 8 June 1950, a single casket group burial of several remains is at Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois, Section E, Site 407.