James Bernard Cavanagh - Sergeant

Rank: Sergeant
Date Of Birth: Oct 31, 1915
Date Of Death: Feb 10, 1943
War / Conflict: WWII
Hometown: Neola, Iowa
Gold Star Hall - Wall Location: West Wall
Service Branch: Army


Sgt. Cavanagh, of Neola, was taken prisoner by the Japanese in the Philippines and died of disease in the Karenko prison camp on Formosa in October, 1943. 

Master Sgt. James Cavanaugh was the first Neola service man to be returned for burial. He was the son of Mrs. Angela Cavanaugh. James was 1 of 8 children.

James' brother Paul (born 1921) also served in WWII. Paul died at age 92 in 2014. Paul and his wife Mary also both attended ISU.