<

James Frank Dumas



James Frank Dumas was born on June 20, 1923, in Allen, Alabama. He went by Frank. He was inducted into the US Navy at the Naval Recruiting Station in Birmingham, Alabama, on March 03, 1943. On March 11 he was transferred to the Naval Training Station in Bainbridge, Maryland. Poor Frank contracted the chicken pox only 13 days after being inducted. Then two months later he contracted the mumps! So he spent a good bit of his time in the hospital not long after he joined the Navy!

Frank was transferred to the Armed Guard Naval Training Station in Little Creek, Virginia, for training on July 09, 1943. After training there he was transferred to the Armed Guard Center in Brooklyn, New York, on August 06, 1943. His rating was changed from S2c to S1c.

He was then detached to S.S. THORNSTEIN VEBLEN on August 12, 1943, and served on this ship until July 13, 1944. He was then detached to S.S. HENRY WYNKOOP on August 14, 1944, where he served until March 27, 1945. He was in two convoys that went to Russia.

On April 06, 1945, he was advanced in rank to GM3c. He was then sent home for leave of 23 days. On May 04, 1945, he was transferred to the USN Armed Guard Center, Treasure Island, San Francisco, California. He was detached on board S.S. FORT JUPITER on August 29, 1945, and served on this ship until November 21, 1945. He was sent home on rehabilitation leave for 17 days on November 24, 1945. He was received back at the Naval Recruiting Station in Birmingham on December 14, 1945. He was then transferred to the US Naval Receiving Station, NOB, Terminal Island, San Pedro, California, and arrived there on December 20, 1945. On December 21, 1945, he was classified "WSF." He was transferred to the US Naval Intake Center, San Pedro, California, FFT Separation Center, on January 14, 1946. He was discharged from the Navy on January 23, 1946.

Frank died on August 20, 1946. Family history says that something happened on one of his ships that affected his lungs, ultimately causing his death. I have been told that he was on a ship that was bombed and he was in cold water for a long time and that is what damaged his lungs. I have found no evidence of any of the ships he served on being bombed. I believe whatever happened must have happened on the last ship in which he sailed as he was sent home for rehabilitation after serving on S.S. FORT JUPITER. We may never know exactly what happened to him. I am his great-niece and never knew Frank. I have been doing family research on the Dumas family and since a lot of the people in my family want to know what happened to Frank, I have been studying his military career. I have his military records and medical records but so far they have not helped in determining what happened to him. If anyone remembers Frank and served with him, please contact me at lddwatson78@yahoo.com.

(Contributed by Diane Dumas Watson, Jackson, AL, May 2010)

Frank Dumas

photograph of Frank Dumas photograph of Frank Dumas holding his nephew

Portrait (left); holding his nephew (right)

Frank Dumas, shipboard photographs

Frank Dumas at 20mm machine gun Frank Dumas as talker

Frank Dumas at 20mm machine gun (left); Frank Dumas as "talker" (right)

Assorted shipboard photographs

deck activities deck activities convoy as seen from ship 3-inch gun

Left to right: Deck activities; deck activities; convoy as seen from ship; 3-inch gun

Shipmate photographs

shipmate at signal lamp shipmates on flying bridge shipmates on gun deck

Left to right: Shipmate at signal lamp on flying bridge; shipmates on flying bridge; shipmates on gun deck

Shipboard photographs were likely taken on a Liberty ship, either THORNSTEIN VEBLEN or HENRY WYNKOOP

Click to return to Honor Pages

Click to return to Home Page