James Carlton Cruggs died as a Prisoner of War at PW Camp #4 – O’Donnel Tarlac Luzon Philippines 15-120. He is buried at Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines, Plot H, Row 12, Grave 12.
He was the son of Rufus Lee Scruggs and Cansada Mariah Duckett.
The Knoxville News-Sentinel, September 21, 1945
Staff Sgt. James Carlton Scruggs died in a Japanese prison camp in the Philippines on May 28, 1942, as result of malaria. This is the War Department notification just received by the parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Scruggs, 321 B Avenue, South Knoxville. Since 1942 they had only known that their son was missing in action. Sgt. Scruggs entered the Army in 1937 and was in the Philippines at the outbreak of the Pacific war. Survivors are: the wife, Mrs. Annette Bowman Scruggs, and son, James Elton Scruggs, of Converse, La.; the parents; two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Moore, of Knoxville, and Miss Dixie Scruggs of Orlando, Fla.; and two brothers, R.L. Scruggs, of Knoxville, and Pvt. Fred Scruggs, stationed in Europe.
- Rank: Staff Sergeant
- Date of birth: 5 September 1915
- Date of death: 28 May 1942
- County: Knox
- Hometown: Knoxville
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 16th Bomber Squadron, 27th Bomber Group, Light
- Theater: Pacific
- Conflict: World War II
- Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
- Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Middle Panel
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