James Frank Goble, World War II CasualtyPorter County Data on World War II Casualties . . . .

James Frank Goble
Private First Class, 513th Parachute Infantry, 17th Airborne Division
Date of Birth: July 1, 1924
Date of Death: March 30, 1945
Burial: Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
Cause of Death: Died of Wounds (Germany)
Date of Enlistment: July 14, 1943
Awards: Purple Heart
Hometown: Valparaiso

Newspaper Notices:

Dies March 30

Another Porter county boy -- the 80th to die in World War II since Pearl Harbor -- has paid the supreme sacrifice.

James Frank Goble, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orval J. Goble, 701 Union street, Valparaiso, died on March 30 of wounds received in Germany March 26, his parents were advised Tuesday night in a message from the war department.

Young Goble was a member of the 513 paratroops group of the 17th Airborne Division.

He had been in army service for two years, leaving here just before he was to graduate from Valparaiso high school. His diploma was awarded to his parents at the exercises held at Boucher gym while he was in service.

Born at Monon, Ind., on July 1, 1924, he came to Valparaiso with his parents when two years of age.

Surviving besides his parents are a sister, Mrs. Shirley Lee Nelson, of this city, whose husband, Earl G. Nelson, is in the armed forces, and two brothers, William, 17, and Ronald, 6, both at home.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; April 11, 1942; Volume 18, Page 1, Column 1

Goble's Remains To Be Returned To Valparaiso

The body of Pfc. James F. Goble will be returned to Valparaiso for burial, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. J. Goble, 701 Union, said today following receipt of a telegram Thursday notifying them that the body is being transported to this country.

The decedent enlisted in the army in March, 1943, and died March 30, 1945, in Germany, four days after being wounded. After receiving his parachutist wings, Pfc. Goble was sent to England with the 513th Parachute Infantry, regiment 17, airborne division. He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously, and was buried at Margarten cemetery in Holland.

A graduate of Valparaiso high school, he will receive a military burial when his body is returned here. Surviving are his parents; a sister, Mrs. Shirley Nelson of Kokomo, and two brothers, William and Ronald, both living at home.

[Note: Contrary to this newspaper item, James Frank Goble is reported in government records as having enlisted in the US Army on March 12, 1943.]
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; March 11, 1949; Volume 22, Number 210, Page 6, Column 3

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Information abstracted and transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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