CAMP LEJEUNE, July 19 – (UP) – Death struck three persons here within 48 hours, the MP Lejeune public information office revealed today.
One of the dead hanged himself, one was struck by lightning and another died of a heart attack, officials said.
The body of Sgt. James Starr, a native of Boston, was discovered [July 17, 1950] hanging in an abandoned barracks at Onslow Beach. Authorities said a note with the body indicated the man had been having domestic troubles. They said Starr had reached the rank of lieutenant during World War II, and had been awarded the Navy Cross.
Historian’s note: To date there is no evidence to confirm that Sgt. Starr was ever award the Navy Cross.