The News Palladium carried an article on page one of the 22 Nov 1943 edition which reads: “Sailor Drowns At Hampton Rds. James Roy Templeton Reported Lost Washed overboard from hi ship at Hampton Roads on the morning of Nov. 19, James Roy Templeton S 1/C, must be presumed to be drowned, according to an official telegram received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. U. G. Templeton, RFD 2, Crystal avenue, from the commanding officer of the Norfolk, Va., naval base. Young Templeton, only 23, was lost at 7:30 Friday morning, and his body has not yet been recovered, the telegram said, adding the Navy department is making a thorough search with all possible speed. Seaman Templeton enlisted in the Naval Reserves in September, 1942, and transferred into the Navy last April. Since then he has been assigned to duty at the Norfolk station. Before entering the service he was employed at the Kingsbury Ordnance Plant, Kingsbury, Ind.”
The News Palladium carried another article on page one of the 19 Jun 1944 edition which reads: “Hold Services For Sailor Who Lost Life In Accident Funeral services took place Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Reiser chapel for James Roy Templeton, seaman first class, who was washed overboard from his ship at Hampton Roads, Nov. 19, 1943. His body, recently recovered by the Navy department, arrived here last Thursday evening. He enlisted in the Naval Reserves in September, 1942, and transferring to the Navy in April, 1943, was assigned to duty at the Norfolk station. Speaker for the services Saturday was E. G. Whitmyer of Elkhart, Ind. Mrs. Marvin Cenway and Mrs. Oscar Burtzlaff sang ‘In the Sweet Bye and Bye’ and ‘Rock of Ages.’ Accompanied by Mrs. M. J. White, who presided at the organ. Among the large attendance were the Navy mothers and the Mothers of World War II, each group attending in a body. There was a profusion of flowers. One large floral piece in the form of a ship;s anchor was sent by Templeton’s shipmates. The casket bearers were Ben Neuman, Alfred Kroenig, Oscar Burtzlaff, Glenn Freeman, Warren Alderf and Thomas Dickson. Burial was in Crystal Springs cemetery.”
James was the son of Ulyses S. G. and Emma Z. Templeton of Benton harbor, MI.