James M. Whiteman
James M. Whiteman was born on April 10, 1921 to Edward Paul and Mary Patchell Whiteman. He had two siblings, Catherine and John, and the family lived on Conestoga Road in Radnor.
Mr. Whiteman graduated from Radnor High School in 1939. While in school, he was a member of the Glee Club and the Rifle Club. He was also on the football and track teams and loved golf. His number one ambition was to be “the next Bobby Jones.”
Mr. Whiteman served in the United States Army. During his time in World War II, he served in the 358th Infantry, 90th Division under General Patton fighting. He and his fellow soldiers were stationed in Czechoslovakia, which is where he was eventually wounded in combat.
He was admitted to a hospital on April 28, 1945, however his wounds were too severe and he succumbed to his injuries on May 5, 1945. He is buried at Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, PA.
Mr. Whiteman was awarded the Purple Heart, given in the name of the president to those who are wounded or killed while serving the United States. He also received the Silver Star, the third highest military decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces.
Mr. Whiteman is survived by nieces and nephews, who went to visit his grave for the first time in 2013. There are currently six remaining members of Mr. Whiteman’s family.