Staff Sgt Harvey D. Hinricks was killed in action 20 April 1944 in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Algiers while serving with the 831st Bomber Squadron, 485th Bomber Group, Heavy. He was 28 years old.
His unit was being shipped overseas when on the night of April 20th their convoy was attacked by JU 88 torpedo bombers. Three ships were sunk, including the liberty ship SS Paul Hamilton on which Harvey was traveling. The Hamilton exploded and sank within 30 seconds and all 580 officers and men aboard were lost. It would later become recognized as one of the greatest Liberty Ship disasters of WWII.
Harvey was the son of William and Alma Hinricks, born 25 July 1915 in Minnesota where he spent his childhood. It is uncertain when he came to Stevens County,however we know that he married Ethel Young here in 1940 and we find his brother Albert living in Colville that same year. Harvey was awarded the Purple Heart and his name appears on the Tablets of the Missing at the North Africa American Cemetery in CarthAGE