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Bart Francis Shea

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

32205176

120th Infantry Regiment
30th Infantry Division

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: January 15, 1945
Buried at: New St. Mary's Cemetery
                  515 West Browning Road
                  Bellmawr NJ 08031
Awards: Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster


STAFF SERGEANT BART FRANCIS SHEA grew up in Oaklyn NJ, at 300 Beechwood Avenue, and attended Collingswood High School in Collingswood NJ. After High School, he worked at United Engineers and Constructors, and married Eileen Dymond. They lived at 513 White Horse Pike, in Oaklyn. 

Bart Shea entered the Army on January 27, 1942 at Fort Dix NJ, did his basic training at Fort McClellan AL, and received training at Fort Benning GA as part of the 124th Infantry Regiment, the training unit of the Officers candidate School. He was later sent to Fort Jackson SC, Camp Attterbury IN, and Fort Miles Standish in MA before going overseas, as a member of Company G, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division. He went overseas in January of 1944, and landed with his unit in France in June of 1944. He was wounded outside of St. Lo France on July 17, 1944 when he stepped on a land mine, he was evacuated and sent to a hospital in the U.K. where he rehabilitated, and returned to active duty on November 27, 1944. Shortly after his return he was wounded again, this wound, however, was minor and did not require hospitalization. 

On January 15, 1944 Bart Shea was killed in action during the final days of the Battle of the Bulge. His body was returned after the war to the United States, and a Mass was held for him at St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in Oaklyn NJ. He was survived by his parents, Mr. Bartholmew J. Shea of Camden, and Mrs. Raye Shea M. Shea of 300 West Beechwood Avenue, Oaklyn, his wife, and a brother, John P. Shea, who was in the Navy with the Seabees.

Bart Shea was brought home to New Jersey. He was buried at new St. Mary's Cemetery in Bellmawr NJ on December 13, 1947 where he now rests with his father, who passed in 1950, and his mother, who joined them in 1963.



Camden
Courier-Post

December 11, 1942

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