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James Elton Carithers


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A World War II Purple Heart awarded to Sgt. James Carithers, was found rattling around in a record player bought at the Anderson Jockey Lot, a flea market in Belton, South Carolina. The unnamed man who made the find wanted to return the medal to its rightful heirs, so he began a search online. A visit to the genealogy site connected him with Andrew Staton, a 17-year-old site volunteer, who eventually united the medal with the recipient's family. Staton was able to find a post dating back to 2000, from a woman who was searching for information about her family, including her uncle James E. Carithers. Arrista Pottle, Carithers' niece, was overjoyed to make a connection with the uncle she was never able to meet. Pottle said that she couldn't be more proud that her mother's brother was a war hero saying, "I was so excited when I opened it. It was so beautiful. It just, it amazed me."



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    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 47th Bomb Group

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Born Anderson, SC 10 July 1919
Lived in Anderson, SC 16 October 1940

109 Farmer Street

Worked for Gassett Mills

Died Sciacca, Sicily 6 July 1943
Buried Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery 24 June 1949

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA


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15 January 2021 00:00:35 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations