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James Wallace Cameron (1908 - 1942)

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James Wallace Cameron
1908 - 1942
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c. 1908
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February 15, 1942
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James Wallace Cameron was born c. 1908. He died on February 15, 1942 at 34 years of age.
Updated: September 30, 2013
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Service number: 6169 Rank: Lance Corporal Regiment: Federated Malay States Volunteer Force Unit/ship/squadron: 1st (perak) Bn.
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James Wallace Cameron died on February 15, 1942 at 34 years old. He was buried in Singapore Memorial Column 391., Singapore. He was born c. 1908. We have no information about James' surviving family.
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In 1908, in the year that James Wallace Cameron was born, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was established as the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States; it simultaneously served as the nation's prime federal law enforcement agency. Stanley Finch was the first Chief (now called Director).

In 1915, at the age of only 7 years old, James was alive when the Superior Court in Fulton County Georgia accepted the charter for the establishment of the new Ku Klux Klan, succeeding the Klan that flourished in the South in the late 1800's. This iteration of the Klan adopted white clothing and used many of the code words from the first Klan, adding cross burnings and mass marches in an attempt to intimidate others.

In 1923, at the age of merely 15 years old, James was alive when the A.C. Nielsen Company was founded in Chicago. It provided an audience measurement system that could provide radio station owners with information on their listeners and the popularity of their shows. Later, the Nielsen company became the basis for the fate of television programs.

In 1938, at the age of 30 years old, James was alive when on June 25th (a Saturday) the Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt (along with 120 other bills). The Act banned oppressive child labor, set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents, and established the maximum workweek at 44 hours. It faced a lot of opposition and in fighting for it, Roosevelt said "Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, ...tell you...that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry."

In 1942, in the year of James Wallace Cameron's passing, from January 7th through April 9th, the Battle of Bataan was fought in the Philippines. At the end of the battle, the U.S. and Filipino forces surrendered and a three-year occupation of the Philippines by Japan began. Between 60,000 and 80,000 American and Filipino soldiers surrendered and were marched around 60 to 69 miles - most were beaten, abused, or killed. Named the Bataan Death March, it was later declared to be a war crime.

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