Stanley J. Hart (1945/03/16)
Jungle disease in the Pacific injured Stanley's body and a car in Modesto destroyed it.
Stanley Jackson Hart was born in Modesto, California on February 7, 1922. He was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hart who later moved to Santa Cruz. Stanley attended Branciforte Junior High School and in 1937 entered Santa Cruz High School. In 1938 he left high school and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps of the US Forest Service. In 1940 Hart was working as a commercial vehicle driver.
Stanley Hart enlisted in the Regular US Army on December 23, 1940, and was assigned to the 120th Field Artillery. His basic training took place at the Presidio of Monterey and at Fort Lewis, Washington. When the war began, he was sent to Australia where he volunteered for radio reconnaissance service. This took him to the South Sea island locations of Milne Bay, New Guinea, Goodenough Island, Saidor, Buna, Yammy, Singor, Mott River and Finchaven. During the latter of these engagements, he was blasted from a foxhole and wrote his mother that the muzzle blast from the big guns had caused one eardrum to be broken and an abscess to form in the other ear.
After contracting malaria, Hart was returned to the United States in March 1944 for rest and medical attention at the Hammond Hospital in Modesto, California. On March 16, 1945, while traveling to Santa Cruz on a furlough, Stanley Hart was killed in an automobile accident near Modesto. He was returned home and buried in the Oakwood Memorial Park in Santa Cruz.
(NARA2, SCHSC Pg. 10, SCSn March 27, 1945 1:2)