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Jim Lattmann


Date and Place of Birth: circa 1925, Jamaica, NY
Date and Place of Death:    July 31, 1944, Tinian, Pacific Ocean
Baseball Experience: Amateur
Position: Pitcher/Outfield
Rank: Private First Class
Military Unit: USMC
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations

James F. "Jim" Lattmann, son of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Lattmann, was born in Jamaica, New York in 1925. He was attending Andrew Jackson High School and pitching for the St. Albans Americans of the Queens Alliance League when he enlisted with the Marines in 1942.

Lattmann trained at Parris Island and New River before heading to the Pacific in January 1944. A Private First Class, he was wounded on Saipan on June 16, 1944, but returned to his unit in time for the assault on Tinian.

James Lattmann, a machine gunner, was killed in action on July 31, 1944, when a Japanese mortar shell hit his gun position. He was just 19.

Wartime reports indicated that Pfc. Lattmann was buried at Tinian. His name appears on the Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii.

His twin brother, Private First Class Richard V. Lattmann, who was with the Marines at Bougainville, Guadalcanal and Augusta Bay, was back in the United States recovering from malaria at the time of James' death.

Long Island Daily Press, May 6, 1942
Long Island Daily Press, August 19, 1942
Long Island Daily Press, October 18, 1944
Brooklyn Eagle, November 17, 1944

Thanks to Matthew Lattman for help with this biography.

Date Added: February 8, 2014. Updated May 27, 2018

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