GOODROE, JAMES E., Master Sergeant, # 672208, USAAF
James E. Goodroe was born in 1906 in Georgia to Goodroe and Clara Goodroe (1878- ). In 1910, he lived with his mother in Social Circle, Walton County, Georgia, with his sister, Obelia Goodroe (1899- ). On 12 January of 1920, he was living with his aunt, Mattie Anglin (1881- ), her husband, James M. Anglin (1874- ) and their children in Atlanta, Georgia.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1929 and stayed in the service through when he was killed over Japan. In 1930 he was a Private, assigned to Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas, while he was trained. On 11 November 1931, he transported on the Army ship, Republic, from the debarkations Army port in Brooklyn, New York, to Fort McDowell, California, and on 2 December 1931, he was transferred from Fort McDowell, California, on the Army transport, Republic, Deck F, bound for the Philippines, assigned to Fifth Company. He subsequently re-enlisted but, into the USAAF, on 1 November 1941, at Eglin Field, Florida (now Eglin AFB), while living in Bullock Co., Alabama. He had been an infantryman and was trained by the USAAF as a gunner (.50 caliber Browning aerial machinegun) on the B-29. He served as the left blister gunner on the date he was killed. During 15 to 16 June 1944, a 20th Air Force, 58th Bombardment Wing, 468th Bomb Group, 792nd Bomb Squadron, Kharagpur A.A.B., India, a B-29, # 42-6230, the “Limber Duggan,” departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, on a combat mission and did not return. They were shot down by an enemy fighter over Wakamatsu Fukuoka, Japan (the first to be shot down over Japan). All of the crew were killed in action. His remains were buried in a single casket group grave at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery on 8 August 1949 (Sec. 82, Grave 209). He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.