James Baskin "Jack" Stanley Jr.
T/4 in Signal Co, Special : Radio A
Military occupational specialty: 740 (radio operator, intermediate speed)
Born 1925 in GA, Died 2012
County of residence at enlistment: Fulton County, GA
Other residence(s): Atlanta, GA; Madison, GA
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
College education after the war: Emory Univ.
Jack Stanley was born on April 11, 1925 in Macon, GA, the older of two children. His father worked for the federal government as an internal revenue agent. The family moved to Atlanta in his youth, and in 1943 he graduated from Tech High in Atlanta--a school known for its outstanding sports, academics, and ROTC. He registered for the draft the day after his 18th birthday, just before graduation, and enlisted that summer--on August 14.
He trained with the 42nd Infantry at Camp Gruber, OK. He had radio operations training and a high IQ, and that got him a transfer to Camp Forrest, TN and the Ghost Army. He was a member of the Signal Company Special and served in Europe; he was discharged with the rank of T/4.
After the war he enrolled at Emory University in Atlanta, graduating in 1949. That same year he married Beatrice Brewer.
Jack spent his career with the US Rubber Company. He and Beatrice raised three children: Janice, Gail, and James. He was a member of the Bethany Baptist Church in Madison, GA and of the VFW.
He died on December 22, 2012 in Covington, GA, and is buried at the Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery in Madison, GA.
1943 draft card
1943 enlistment record
1947 Emory University yearbook
2012 article in the Augusta Chronicle (GA) re his Ghost Army service
2012 Social Security death index
2012 Find a Grave record