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7.1 US POW DEATHS

It is generally agreed that 131 US POWs died during the construction of the Thai-Burma Railway. An additional 2 died of TBR-related conditions in different locations (Saigon & Singapore) soon after the TBR was completed.

Actually, the first 3 soldiers to die were KIA before the 131 FA Rgt was taken as prisoner. When they arrived on Java in early Jan 1942, they affiliated with a squadron of B-17s at an airport near Malang where they began to assist the AAC crews. These men had evacuated from the Philippines but had had to do so without their ground crews. So the 131 members assumed those duties. The B-17s had access to some bombs and ammunition so they continued to fly recon and interdiction raids of Japanese shipping. The first 2 deaths occurred when one of the B-17s was shot down during the first of many air raids on that airfield. Five additional AAF died of wounds received in such raids.

As the Japanese invasion force landed on Java, the B-17s flew off to Australia taking 23 members of the FA men and 3 others from the US Forces (Java) contingent. It is an interesting side-story that two of these men were KIA and another became a POW in the European Theater.

The USS Houston (CA-30) was sunk in the early morning hours of 1 Mar 1942 with an assigned crew 937 Sailors and 74 Marines. All of the crew members who made it to shore were soon captured by the Japanese who were just beginning their attack on the island of Java (334 Sailors & 33 Marines). The first sailor to die, Lt(jg) Francis Weiler, succumbed to wounds he received in the sinking of the ship but he was officially a POW at the time of his death. A second crewman succumbed to Dysentery on Java in May ‘42.

The Dutch government officially surrendered to the invading Japanese on 8 Mar. The US ARMY contingent evaded capture for a few days to weeks but with no way off the island they too all became POWs. The Army and Navy personnel first met each other when they were moved to the Bicycle Camp near the city of Batavia (modern day Jakarta).

A few months later (OCT 42), a small group (about 200 US personnel) were selected by the guards at the Bicycle Camp as having technical skills. Under the command of Army CPT Lundy Zeigler, they boarded a ship bound for Japan via Singapore. They were scattered to a number of different camps in southern Japan. Of those, only two died there; both on the same day (12 DEC 43) but in different places. GM3c Gene Fanghor died of diphtheria in Ohasi and EM3c Alfred Seidel died of bronchitis at the Hokadate camp. The third, fourth and fifth sailors (in sequence) died of diseases in Japan in Nov-Dec 1942.

Also in October of 1942, the first group of Americans (about 200) under the command of ARMY CPT Fitzsimmons (aka Group 3) departed from Java for an unstated destination. After short stay at the Changi POW camp in Singapore, they were sent into the jungle in southern Burma to work the railway. In stark contrast to the experience of the Tharp Group, almost all of the deaths in this group occurred after the completion of the TBR as they were moved first into the Burmese highlands then on to the ‘rest camp’ at Kanchanaburi.

It wasn’t until Jan 1943 that the majority of the US POWs (a mix of soldiers, sailors and marines) along with the command staff of the 131st FA Rgt under LTC Tharp were sent to Burma as Group 5. A small number of the US POWs were left behind on Java, most of whom were too ill to travel. Two sailors died there in Apr 43. The first six deaths while working the TBR were among sailors (3) and marines (3) who died of malaria or dysentery. The first soldier to die in Burma (Jun 43) was killed by an errant bomb as the Allies began attacking the railway bridges.

US Military deaths on the TBR during the height of the construction and the Speedo period. These were almost exclusively in the Tharp Group working in the Burmese highlands.

Over the course of the next six months (Jun 43 to Jan 44) 121 US POWs died at one of two camps called 80 Kilo and 100 Kilo where the Tharp Grp 5 spent the bulk of their time in the middle of uncharted jungle in the Burmese highlands. Complications from Tropical ulcers accounted for the majority of these deaths (50) followed by Dysentery (38), Beri-beri (21) and Malaria (4). Interestingly, no US POW was killed by a direct assault by the Japanese and none died of cholera which ravaged some of the other camps along the TBR. The Americans were never alone. That is, they were always a small part of the total number of prisoners (British, Australian and Dutch) at the southern Burmese camps. Overall, 682 US POWs worked the railway making them roughly 1% of the TBR prisoners.

The TBR was built from both ends at Nong Pladuk Thailand and Thanbyuzayat Burma and the two sections were joined in OCT 1943 marking the completion of the construction phase which had begun about JUN 42 by about 3000 Australian POWs who were moved overland from Changi to Ban Pong.

Following the construction phase, the POWs began to be consolidated, many – including most of the Americans – were moved down the railway to various camps in and around Kanchanaburi where the now famous Bridge over the River Kwai is located. Interestingly, of the total of 13 deaths that occurred in the Fitzsimmon’s Party, only two took place during the construction phase [SM2c Musto (Jul 43) & PVT Pfeil (Aug 43)] at the 30 Kilo camp. The other 11 died post-TBR: 7 at the Songkurai camp between NOV 43 and Jan 44 and 4 at Kanchanaburi / Nakorn Pathom after the consolidation.

Life at these ‘rest camps’ became much better than what they had experienced in the jungle camps. Between NOV and MAY 44, only 6 more US POWs (2 ARMY & 4 NAVY) died of either Dysentery or Beri-beri.

For the few dozen POWs left behind on Java, life was nowhere near the ordeal experienced by those in Burma. Only 1 soldier died of Dysentery (in Oct 43). But that was all to change in JUN 44. Fourteen soldiers and two sailors aboard the Hellship Tamahoko Maru[1] died when it was torpedoed while en route to Japan. Then in SEP 44, the Hellship Junyo met a similar fate, killing 2 soldiers. These 18 deaths accounted for the highest death toll of US POWs from these two main groups.

Following the completion of the railway, the POWs continued to be employed to do maintenance or to repair bomb damage along the course of the railway, but no US POWs died there after MAY 44. Many of those who had worked the railway were reassigned to other places. A fairly large contingent were sent to Saigon where they worked unloading ships and building a railway tunnel. Only one sailor died there of Dysentery. Some of the TBR POWs were sent back to Changi prison camp in Singapore where one TBR veteran died of cancer in MAY 45. A third large group of POWs were sent via Hellships to Japan where they were finally liberated after the war. Here, too, only one soldier who had come from the TBR died of Beri-beri. His death in AUG 45 was the final POW death of this group.

Of the 954 US POWs (including 29 Merchant Marines and 9 USN reserve sailors who were on the SS Sawolka and 1 civilian volunteer to the Flying Tigers Sqn), 792 (83%) were liberated. But the insidious effects of their time as POWs continued to take their toll. Over the ensuing years, as many as 39 former POWs have died of causes that could be attributed to their POW status.

Within three years after the war, TB and the effects of malnutrition caused the deaths of 4 former POWs. In 1958 (14 years after liberation), one of these men died of what his doctor termed Beri-Beri heart disease. Over the years, alcoholism and suicide claimed the lives of 11 of these men. Two former POWs have died of cancer. Oddly the first was in OCT 45 – just weeks after liberation – in a 31yo sailor. The other died at age 90 (65 years after his liberation), but his daughter (in a private communication) is convinced that that cancer was a result of the years he spent working the coal mines in Japan as a POW. It is possible, then, in addition to the 3 who were KIA before becoming POWs that 202 US military men died as a direct or indirect result of their POW status. As of this writing (JAN 2022), only 2 (both USN Veterans) of these former POWs are still alive.


[1] Tamahoko Maru sailed on 20 June 1944 with 772 POWs (197 British, 42 American, 258 Australian and 281 Dutch) from Takao for Moji in convoy HO-02. There were also some 500 Japanese soldiers on board. On 24 June 1944 at 11:50 pm, in the Koshiki Straits 40 miles SW of Nagasaki, the Tamahoko Maru was torpedoed by USS Tang and sank in less than 2 minutes. 560 POWs, 35 crewmen and an unknown number of Japanese soldiers were lost. Among the lost were 13 Merchant Marines from the SS AMERICAN LEADER.


Here are the names, dates and causes of death plus what I call “the ordinals” = the order of events as they pertain to their deaths:

POW nameRANKFINAL STATUSdate of deathCAUSEordinalCAMP
Barnes Don HenryPVTnot POW-dec3-Feb-42KIA1 131 KIA JvPRIOR
Bingham John Edward            “Red”PFCnot POW-dec3-Feb-42KIA2 131 KIA JvPRIOR
RHODES Bruce Edward         “Dusty”PVTnot POW-dec5-Mar-42GSWPRIOR
WEILER FRANCIS BrooksLT(jg)OTH-V-dec26-Mar-42KIA1 USN DOW JvBicycle
HILL DONALD WaynePVTOTH-V-dec31-Mar-42DYS1 MC dis JvBicycle
ROSS RUSSELL ROOSEVELTLTOTH-V-dec4-May-42DYS1 USN dis JvBicycle
West BrysonPVTnot POW-dec1-Jul-42KIA1 131 KIA-othOTH
GRIFFIN GORDON ROBERTPFCOTH-V-dec23-Oct-42DYS1 131 DIS JvBicycle
ALDERMAN HARMON PRICECRMOTH-ZgJ-dec26-Nov-42GI1 USN at sea ZgAT SEA
Fraser William Gerard JrPFCnot POW-dec5-Jan-43KIA2 KIA-oth 131OTH
YOUNG KENNETH ASAS1CTBR-Th-dec22-Jan-43BB1 USN dis Th100 KILO
HERNANDEZ Abileno (Abelonoa)PVTOTH-EV-dec2-Feb-43TB1 Ebat dis JvBicycle
KONDZELA LAWRENCE FrancisS1CTBR-Th-dec13-Mar-43MAL1 131 dis Th80 KILO
LUSK JOE Martin True  “Egghead”SGTTBR-Th-dec22-Mar-43MAL1 MC dis Th80 KILO
WHITE JAMES HENRYSFICTBR-Th-dec13-Apr-43MAL2 USN dis Th80 KILO
FELIX IRVING ARTHURYM1COTH-V-dec18-Apr-43TBBicycle
DUPLER HARLEY HAROLD1SGTTBR-Th-dec14-May-43DYS2 MC on TBR 1SG ThTHAN hosp
LINDSLEY ALBERT JOHNS1CTBR-Th-dec1-Jun-43DYS1 SPD Th100 KILO
WILLIAMS DAVID MARVINS1CTBR-Th-dec1-Jun-43DYS2 SPD ThKAN
WILSON Edwin ParisCPLTBR-Th-dec12-Jun-43KIA1 131 Th KIATHAN hosp
BENNER CALVIN WILLIAMEM3CTBR-Th-dec26-Jun-43DYS100 KILO
DRAKE James PPVTTBR-Th-dec1-Jul-43TU80 KILO
HUTCHINTOKSON BILL MARTINS2CTBR-Th-dec5-Jul-43DYS80 KILO
ANDERSEN Julius APVTTBR-Th-dec17-Jul-43BB100 KILO
ARMOUR FLOYDSM1CTBR-Th-dec17-Jul-43DYS100 KILO
MUSTO JAMES WILLIAMS2CTBR-Fz-dec17-Jul-43DYS1 131 dis Fz30 KILO
JAMES EDWARD RichardEM2CTBR-Th-dec21-Jul-43DYS80 KILO
CARNEY Wendell DPVTTBR-Th-dec22-Jul-43DYS 100 KILO
GRAHAM RICHARD GRESHAMY3CTBR-Th-dec23-Jul-43TU80 KILO
TREMONTE Ted JoePVTTBR-Th-dec29-Jul-43TU80 KILO
HAMPTON Robert W1LTTBR-Th-dec31-Jul-43DYS100 KILO
LUMPKIN SAMUEL HCPTTBR-Th-dec1-Aug-43DYS 100 KILO
HALL Howard LSGTTBR-Th-dec2-Aug-43DYS100 KILO
SILVA Eugene JohnPVTTBR-Th-dec3-Aug-43TU100 KILO
ROTH JOHN THOMASMM2CTBR-Th-dec5-Aug-43DYS100 KILO
TUCKER WILLIAM EDWARDMUS2CTBR-Th-dec9-Aug-43TU80 KILO
PYE GUY EDGARGM3CTBR-Th-dec13-Aug-43TU1 USN Th ampu100 KILO
PARISH BARTOW HARRISONAMM2CTBR-Th-dec16-Aug-43BB100 KILO
BRANHAM LAWRENCE RANDOLPHS2CTBR-Th-dec17-Aug-43TU100 KILO
HITTLE ROBERT GLENNSK3CTBR-Th-dec17-Aug-43TU80 KILO
DEMPSEY Austin ElmoPVTTBR-Th-dec20-Aug-43BB100 KILO
KELM ALBERT MCPLTBR-Th-dec21-Aug-43DYS100 KILO
HANSEN RALPH ROBERTS1cTBR-Th-dec22-Aug-43DYS80 KILO
PETERSON LENNART OLEYGM2CTBR-Th-dec22-Aug-43DYS100 KILO
PFEIL STANLEY ArthurPVTTBR-Fz-dec22-Aug-43DYS2 131 dis Fz39 KILO
KUNKE CZESLAUS JohnGM2CTBR-Th-dec23-Aug-43TU100 KILO
MANION TOMMY JRS1CTBR-Th-dec23-Aug-43TU100 KILO
REED CLARENCE OSCARRM2CTBR-Th-dec23-Aug-43DYS80 KILO
YATES DONALD RALPHMM3CTBR-Th-dec24-Aug-43BB80 KILO
HOCH JOYCE WPVTTBR-Th-dec25-Aug-43TU80 KILO
SHAW Edwin Earl  “Jack”M SGTBR-Th-dec25-Aug-43TU100 KILO
WHATLEY Hiram Jefferson JrPVTTBR-Th-dec26-Aug-43TU100 KILO
DOIRON Llyod WPVTTBR-Th-dec27-Aug-43MAL100 KILO
ROSZELL LYLE THOMASS1CTBR/H-dec29-Aug-43DYS1 USN on HINTOK disHINTOK
BUSHNELL EDGAR WAYNECSKTBR-Th-dec30-Aug-43TU100 KILO
PULLEN ROBERT HAROLDS1CTBR-Th-dec31-Aug-43TU100 KILO
WATERS Nelson HCPLTBR-Th-dec3-Sep-43TU80 KILO
KETMAN ROBERT Earl JRS1cTBR-Th-dec5-Sep-43DYS100 KILO
BUHLMAN CLARENCE NELSONS1CTBR-Th-dec6-Sep-43DYS80 KILO
SHAVER HARVEY DPVTTBR-Th-dec6-Sep-43DYS100 KILO
RUSSELL CHARLES E JRPVTTBR-Th-dec7-Sep-43TU100 KILO
BRAY Charles BruceSGTTBR-Th-dec8-Sep-43TU100 KILO
FAULKNER Harold LCPLTBR-Th-dec8-Sep-43TU80 KILO
GARWOOD EDWARD DERINGRM2CTBR-Th-dec9-Sep-43TU80 KILO
SOULE IRVIN George TGM3CTBR-Th-dec9-Sep-43DYS80 KILO
GUTHRIE William LPVTTBR-Th-dec10-Sep-43BB100 KILO
WIDMEYER HARRY CLARKS1CTBR-Th-dec10-Sep-43DYS80 KILO
JONES SAMUEL APVTTBR-Th-dec11-Sep-43TUamputation80 KILO
KOELLING VERNON LOUISMUS2CTBR-Th-dec11-Sep-43TU80 KILO
GUY JAMES ANDREWS2CTBR-Th-dec12-Sep-43BB100 KILO
BAXTER Billy RayPFCTBR-Th-dec13-Sep-43TU80 KILO
DEATS Louis Frank JrCPLTBR-Th-dec13-Sep-43TU80 KILO
CARTER FREDRICK LESTER JRQM3CTBR-Th-dec14-Sep-43TU80 KILO
DEMOEN ACHIEL RENECEMTBR-Th-dec14-Sep-43TU80 KILO
SCHANDUA EDGAR JPVTTBR-Th-dec14-Sep-43TU100 KILO
KALOUS EDWARD BPFCTBR-Th-dec16-Sep-43TU1 USF100 KILO
OMOTH ROBERT ENGMANS1CTBR-Th-dec16-Sep-43CVD100 KILO
GRAY HarryPFCTBR-Th-dec17-Sep-43DYS1 1314 (med)80 KILO
HOLSINGER FRANK OSCARCPLTBR-Th-dec18-Sep-43TU3 MC on TBR Th80 KILO
JOHNSON EDWARD IRVINSK3CTBR-Th-dec18-Sep-43TU80 KILO
YELL Archie BCPLTBR-Th-dec18-Sep-43DYS80 KILO
EBAUGH FOREST VERGILS2CTBR-Th-dec19-Sep-43NEU100 KILO
WYNN MARVIN ANGLOUSS1CTBR-Th-dec19-Sep-43DYS100 KILO
LEE EARL HENRYS1cTBR-Th-dec21-Sep-43BB100 KILO
WARD FRANK CalvinEM3CTBR-Th-dec21-Sep-43TU100 KILO
LUNA ELTONPVTTBR-Th-dec22-Sep-43BB100 KILO
GILLIAM Robert EPVTTBR-Th-dec23-Sep-43TU100 KILO
CANTRELL JAMES ALBERTS2CTBR-Th-dec26-Sep-43TU80 KILO
IVEY DAN RPVTTBR-Th-dec26-Sep-43TU80 KILO
BAERMAN DONALD GEORGES2CTBR-Th-dec27-Sep-43DYS80 KILO
COOPER DALE ROGERSPHM3CTBR-Th-dec27-Sep-43TU 100 KILO
FORGEY Jed DillmasCPLTBR-Th-dec27-Sep-43TU100 KILO
ALEXANDER James GarlandSGTTBR-Th-dec29-Sep-43TU80 KILO
SEWELL Dan HomerCPLTBR-Th-dec29-Sep-43TU80 KILO
HENDRICKS ROBERT HarryS1CTBR-Th-dec30-Sep-43DYSKAN
BATCHELOR WILLIAM CHARLES JRS1CTBR-Th-dec1-Oct-43TU80 KILO
HALL ERVIN LEROYS1CTBR-Th-dec2-Oct-43TU100 KILO
COX Charles ACPLTBR-Th-dec4-Oct-43TU100 KILO
GODFREY DONALD FRANCISS1CTBR-Th-dec6-Oct-43DYS100 KILO
WILLIS DONNIS WAYNES1CTBR-Th-dec6-Oct-43DYS9 USN on TBR80 KILO
WOLTZ Donald GlennPFCTBR-Th-dec6-Oct-43NUT80 KILO
UPPERMAN MaxSGTTBR-Th-dec9-Oct-43DYS100 KILO
MOORE GLEN Everett  “Cy”PFCTBR/H-dec10-Oct-43DYS1 131 on HINTOK disHINTOK
KITCHINTOKGS HARRY ACPLTBR-Th-dec14-Oct-43TU80 KILO
JOWELL JOHNNY DPVTTBR-Th-dec17-Oct-43TU9 131 on TBR (med)80 KILO
THOMAS BillyPVTTBR/H-dec28-Oct-43BB3 EBat at HINTOK disHINTOK
STOUT George WasHINTOKgtonPVTTBR-Th-dec31-Oct-43TU80 KILO
Rich Robert LPFCTBR-Th-dec1-Nov-43BB80 KILO
BROTHERS FRANK WHEELERS1CTBR-Fz-dec8-Nov-43MALFz3 pTBR114 KILO KILO
ABRAMS RUSSELL EUGENEY3CTBR-Th-dec9-Nov-43BB100 KILO
SPENCER MASON DALES2CTBR-Th-dec9-Nov-43DYS80 KILO
Boren Lemuel Maxey1LTTBR-Th-dec13-Nov-43MAL80 KILO
BOYLE Algers CarlingCPLTBR-Th-dec16-Nov-43TU80 KILO
MATTFELDT WILLIAM FullerPVTTBR-Fz-dec16-Nov-43CVDFz4 pTBR114 KILO KILO
PARKER ALLARD THOMASPVTTBR-Th-dec17-Nov-43TU80 KILO
WILSON JAMES Raydell  “Goon”PVTTBR-Fz-dec17-Nov-43MAL4 MC at pTBR Fz5114 KILO KILO
MORRISON CLINTON DouglasPFCTBR-Th-dec18-Nov-43TU80 KILO
OFFERLE IRVIN OSCARSGTTBR-Th-dec18-Nov-43TU80 KILO
BROWN Joseph Roy Jr    “Georgia”CPLTBR-Th-dec24-Nov-43BB100 KILO
HIRSCHBERG LOUISFC1CTBR-Th-dec26-Nov-43TU100 KILO
FEELY JAMES JOHNS2CTBR-Th-dec28-Nov-43BB80 KILO
BALDWIN Ray GPVTnot POW-dec29-Nov-43KIA1 131 ETOETO
KALICH Nolan Oscar FrederickCPLOTH-EJ-dec3-Dec-43NEU1 Ebat dis JapanJAPAN
BOWEN Glenn MarionSGTTBR-Th-dec11-Dec-43TU105 KILO
TRIM DONALD PAULCOXTBR-Th-dec11-Dec-43TU115 KILO
FANGHOR GENEGM3COTH-ZgJ-dec12-Dec-43INF1 USN Japan ZgJAPAN
SEIDEL ALFRED GLENN “Bus”EM2COTH-ZgJ-dec12-Dec-43INF2 USN Japan ZgJAPAN
TIEMANN Elton WilliamPVTTBR-Th-dec14-Dec-43BB100 KILO
HATLEN EDWIN ArthurSM1CTBR-Th-dec21-Dec-43BB100 KILO
DALESIO FrankPVTTBR-Fz-dec25-Dec-43DYSFz6 pTBR133 KILO
PISTOLE FRANK LYLE HOWARDAMM3CTBR-Th-dec26-Dec-43BB100 KILO
DICKENS William HPVTTBR-Fz-dec1-Jan-44BBFz7 pTBR114 KILO
EKLUND Rudolph Leroy    “Swede”PVTTBR-Fz-dec3-Jan-44BBFz8 pTBR114 KILO
CALLAHAN MELVIN CARLS1CTBR-Th-dec4-Jan-44TU133 KILO
BUSSEY Sam MPVTTBR-Th-dec9-Jan-44DYSKAN
PITTS Gaston EPVTTBR-Fz-dec14-Jan-44BBFz9 pTBR114 KILO
ROGERS JOHN WilliamPVTTBR-Fz-dec21-Jan-44DYSFz10 pTBRKAN
BOWLEY Raymond JPVTTBR-Fz-dec26-Jan-44TUFz11 pTBRKAN
EASTWOOD Howard WCPLTBR-Th-dec28-Jan-44NUTKAN
WILLIAMSON Babe RuthCPLTBR-Th-dec28-Jan-44DYSKAN
SIMPSON Ward HelveyPVTTBR-Fz-dec30-Jan-44TB3 pTBR12 Fz TBKAN
ELLIS FRANK DOPSONCWTTBR-Th-dec24-Feb-44DYS105 KILO
COLLINS Columbus MPFCTBR-Th-dec29-Feb-44DYSKAN
Bartee J. W.PVTnot POW-dec6-Mar-44KIA2 131 ETOETO
BLAIR KENNETH SUTHERLANDCBMTBR-Th-dec23-Mar-44BBKAN
SCHUELKE JOHN HENRYSC2CTBR-Th-dec12-Apr-44DYSKAN
HERRERA LIVORIO Montana “Lolo”PVTTBR-Th-dec7-May-44DYS9 at TBR 131KAN
BENDER GEORGE FREDERICKS2CTBR-Fz-dec22-May-44DYSFz13 pTBRKAN
ALLEVA JOSEPH GEORGES1COTH-V-dec-sea24-Jun-44SEAAT SEA
GLATZERT PAUL APVTOTH-V-dec-sea24-Jun-44SEAAT SEA
HAMNER HARRY BurnerPVTOTH-V-dec-sea24-Jun-44SEAAT SEA
HARRISON JAMES WalterPFCOTH-V-dec-sea24-Jun-44SEAAT SEA
JASTER ADOLPH HermanPVTOTH-V-dec-sea24-Jun-44SEAAT SEA
LAWSON THOMAS LafayettePVTOTH-EV-dec-sea24-Jun-44SEAAT SEA
LOONEY FRANK AudiePFCOTH-V-dec-sea24-Jun-44SEAAT SEA
McMAHON ROBERT WoodrowPVTOTH-EV-dec-sea24-Jun-44SEAAT SEA
REDWINE Ardell LPFCOTH-V-dec-sea24-Jun-44SEAAT SEA
ROBBINS Howard SamuelPVTOTH-V-dec-sea24-Jun-44SEAAT SEA
SALZMAN MELVIN FrancisPVTOTH-V-dec-sea24-Jun-44SEAAT SEA
SEWELL HAROLD ThomasPVTOTH-V-dec-sea24-Jun-44SEAAT SEA
SHULTS LUCIAN DPFCOTH-V-dec-sea24-Jun-44SEAAT SEA
SPARKMAN LEON StephenSGTOTH-V-dec-sea24-Jun-44SEAAT SEA
WILLERTON ROBERT PAULY2COTH-V-dec-sea24-Jun-44SEAAT SEA
WILSON THOMAS AltonPFCOTH-V-dec-sea24-Jun-44SEAAT SEA
WISMANN EDWARD JrPVTOTH-EV-dec-sea24-Jun-44SEAAT SEA
MILLER Gordon Rowe           “Brodie”SGTOTH-V-dec-sea218-Sep-44SEAAT SEA
SOKOLOWSKI JOSEPH FPFCOTH-V-dec-sea218-Sep-44SEAAT SEA
JOHNSON HAROLD MARTINS1COTH-Bo-dec10-Oct-44TBBOR
TANBERG ALBERT NealBKR3CTBR-Th-VN-dec2-Nov-44DYS9 Vn TBR  USNVIETNAM
STAVER Lavern PeterPVTTBR/H-Sg-dec28-May-45NEU9 Sg HINTOK EbatSINGA
HELEMAN DonaldSGTOTH-EJ-dec12-Aug-45BB9 POW EbatJAPAN

Also a tribute to those fallen and entombed in the wreck:

https://www.facebook.com/jerry.ranger.9/videos/10220497802627841/

“outlier” death date clarified:

One of the outlier facts (of which there are quite a few) with regard to these POWs was the official date of death of PFC Wm Fraser. It was listed in many places as 12 DEC 1945 – after the end of the war. But the story line was that he had been shot down (or crashed) in a B-17 over Papua-New Guinea. He had transferred to the AAF in Feb 1942.

Just recently I found serial number of the B-17 that he was assigned to and that led me to his REAL story as listed here:

https://pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/b-17/41-24458.html

I could never understand why his death would have been three months after the end of the war and yet he was listed as KIA. It seems that he was indeed KIA on 5 Jan 1943, but the crew were officially listed as MIA until Dec 45 when they were declared KIA. Neither their remains nor the aircraft were even located. PFC Fraser is memorialized on the plaque of the missing at Fort William McKinley in Manila.

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