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James F. Colley, naval shipyard retiree

 James F. Colley, 82, of 228 Zwecker Circle, New Holland, formerly of Norfolk, Va., died Sunday at Veterans Administration Medical Center, Coatesville, after a lengthy illness.
   Colley retired in 1980 from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, where he was a pipe fitter.
   A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Airborne Division. He belonged to Post 7362 Veterans of Foreign Wars of New Holland and 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment.
  He was a member of First Church of God, Anderson, Norfolk, and an active non-member of Calvary Church, Lancaster.
   Born in English, W.Va., he was the son of the late Jasper F. and Mary Ann Payne Colley. He was married to Vada Marie Holmes Colley for 48 years on Aug. 5.
   Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Rita J., wife of David T. Kauffman of Atglen; three grandchildren; and a sister, Frances Marshall of Stuarts Draft, Va.

[Intelligencer Journal, Lancaster, PA, 23 Feb 1999, Tue, Page 17]

[courtesy of "Miabeth"]

Grave marker for James F. Colley in the New Holland United Methodist Cemetery, New Holland (Lancaster county), Pennsylvania.

James enlisted in the Army at Ft Thomas, Newport, KY on 3 December 1942 and was assigned to the Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 508th PIR.

Pfc Colley jumped into Normandy on 6 June 1944 and was taken prisoner that same day. He was liberated from Stalag 4B on 14 May 1945.

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