Hospital Apprentice 2c James Madison Wheeler enlisted in Nashville, Tennessee on 24 July 1917. He shipped aboard the USS Cyclops Collier No.4. The ship departed Barbados 4 March 1918 and disappeared into the Western Atlantic. It was declared lost on 14 June 1918. The disappearence is one of the great mysteries of the sea.

Sister: Jessie C. Ratliff

Also lost from Knox County: Joe Parks and William Pope.

Photo of Wheeler is courtesy of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Tennessee World War One Gold Star Records.


  • Rank: Hospital Apprentice 2nd Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 11 April 1892
  • Date of death: 14 June 1918
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Mascot
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: USS Cyclops
  • Conflict: World War I
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Lost at sea
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar IV, Top Panel
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