G

Garrity, Francis
Gaulke, Avron D.
Gerritsen, William T.
Gibbs, Norman D.
Gilchrist, Archibald
Gillespie, Laurie J.
Gillman, Guy M.
Gordon, Jack D.
Graves, Clarence P.
Gross, Norman
Groves, Roger L.
Groves, Varnel E.
 

 

*indicates civilian pow
 

 

1,010 Yanks Thought Held by Japanese

WASHINGTON, (AP) – The navy department released Thursday a list of 1,010 navy and marine corps officers and enlisted men presumed to have been taken prisoner by the Japanese on the islands of Wake and Guam and at Peiping, Tientsin and Shanghai, China.

Lieut. Commander John T. Tuthill, Jr., public relations officer of the third naval district, also made public a roster of 1,200 civilians who were employed in defense construction work on the two Pacific islands and who also are presumed to be prisoners of war.

The navy department statement pointed out that “because of the interruption of communications and the eliminating of contact entirely when the various outposts were overwhelmed, the navy department cannot have absolute information of the exact status of all individuals who were serving in the armed forces and of civilians who were engaged on public works undertakings.

“However, from information that had been available up to the time or near the time of the capture of some of the groups, and from the rosters of personnel serving at the different places, it is presumed that those not otherwise accounted for are prisoners of the Japanese.”

Source: The Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Thursday, February 19, 1942

Transcribed by Sharon R. Becker, Jan 2013

15 IOWANS AMONG PRISONERS
RESCUED in CANANTUAN ATTACK

OTHERS MAY BE ADDED TO LIST

Some Names Given Do Not Include Address

Allied Headquarters, Luzon, (UP) – The list of American prisoners released in Tuesday’s attack on Canbantuan included the following Iowans:

NAME & RANK

ADDRESS

COUNTY

Amos, Sgt. Harold M.

Afton

Union County

Blair, Mason (rank not given)

Onawa

Monona County

Evers, Pvt. Eugene

Dyersville

Dubuque County

Gormandt, Cpl. Paul

Davenport

Scott County

Gwin, T/S George

Dubuque

Dubuque County

Goodbla, S/Sgt. Clinton

Westwind

Johnson County (?)

Herron, Joseph, U.S.N.

Preston

Jackson County

Hibbs, Capt. Ralph

Oskaloosa

Mahaska County

Kringler GWT 2/C Orvin

West Bend

Kossuth County

Moore, Pfc. John

Woodbine

Harrison County

Peterson, Cpl. William

Lake Park

Dickinson County

Tuppy, Pfc. Charles C.

Waucoma

Fayette County

Vitek, Pfc. Lester

Chelsea

Tama County

Waller, Pvt. Lawrence

Sioux City

Woodbury County

Witzel, Pvt. Oliver

Spencer

Clay County

Source: The Globe-Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Friday, February 02, 1945, Page 7

NOTE: On January 30, 1945, the U. S. Army Rangers, the Alamo Scouts and Filipino guerrillas liberated more than 500 Allied prisoners of war from a Japanese POW camp located near Cabanatuan City, The Philippines. Many of the POWs had survived the Bataan Death March and feared execution upon General Douglas MacArthur’s forces return to Luzon. The liberation of Cantanataun has been depicted in several motion pictures, most recently in “The Great Raid.”
~ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raid_at_Cabanatuan

Transcription & Note by Sharon R. Becker, Apr 2013


 

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