Rank and Name, Steward’s Mate First Class Domingo Aquino.
Unit/Placed in, Naval Base Guam.
Naval Base Guam (for 1941 Piti Navy Yard)
So, on 8 December 1941 Japan attacks/invaded Guam’s shores and by 10 December 1941 they took over the island for the duration of World War II. The Americans who survived the Japanese attack were taken prisoner of war to Dorn Hall and a Warehouse In January 10, 1942, 242 Marines, 159 Navy men, five nurses, as well as, a number of civilians were forced to board the Argentina Maru in Piti for prisoner-of-war camps in Japan. Where it arrived at January 25, 1942, (Yokosuka)with about 450 POW’s.
The US started to build NAS Guam after the WWII, but the Seabees were already begun to build it.
U.S. Navy men, American military personnel and members of the Insular Force Guard were held in the Agana Cathedral or Dorn Hall.
Domingo is born in the Philippines.
Parents and Siblings no record available.
Domingo enlisted the service in the Philippines with service number # 4205813.
Domingo died as a POW at no record on May 6, 1942, he is honored with a POW Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal, Army & Air Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.
Domingo is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.
Walls of the missing.
Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.
Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.
ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov
Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org
POW Info, http://www.mansell.com Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.
Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org
Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/ Geoffrey Roecker
Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org
Philppine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com
The Battle of Guam: 1941
Part of the plan of the Empire of Japan during World War II was to capture Guam. By March of 1941, the Empire of Japan was already flying photo reconnaissance over the island. By September of that year, the plans for an invasion of Guam were completed. The US government did not think it would be practical or possible to defend the island of Guam if the Japanese attacked it. Even with the low priority given to Guam, small steps were taken to increase its defenses. By December 8th of 1941, George McMillin received notice about the Pearl Harbor attack. By 8:27 the same day, the Japanese were already attacking the Piti Navy Yard, the Marine Barracks and Libugon Radio Station as well as Panamerican Hotel and the Standard Oil Company. The USS Penguin, which was the largest vessel for the US Navy at the time, was sunk. By December 10th, the Marines surrendered after some resistance. The official surrender came from Governor McMillin at 6 pm that day. The toll of the Battle of Guam hit the Guam Insular Force Guards which saw 4 killed as well as 22 wounded. The US Marines reported 5 killed in addition to 13 wounded while the Navy reported 8 killed. For the Japanese side, only one naval soldier died in action while 6 were wounded. After the surrender, Pfc Kauffman was killed by Japanese troops. Back in 1938, the Navy asked for permission for new fortifications on Guam but the proposal was rejecte