Rank and Name, First Lieutenant G. D. Ashton.
Unit/Placed in, Quartermaster Corps.
Davao – Small port city on southeast coast of Mindanao. The POW camp was located some ten miles northwest of the port. Camp was closed in 1944 and the POWS were sent first to Cebu on the Yashu Maru. In Cebu, they were transferred to the Singoto Maru and moved to Manila and into Bilibid.
The Hell Ships Shinyo Maru left Manila for Japan.
On Sep. 7, 1944 the ship was hit by 2 Torpedoes from the American Submarine USS Paddle off the Mindanao Coast.
Presumed of the 750 POW onboard, 668 were killed by the Japanese guards and impact of the torpedoes and sinking of the ship.
G.D. is born approx. on 1916 in Quail, Texas.
Parents and Siblings, No Record Available.
G.D. enlisted the service in New Mexico with service number # 19048886.
G.D. was KIA when he tried to escape the Torpedoed Shinyo Maru, but got shot by the Japanese Guards on Sept. 7, 1944/died on, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.
G.D. 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
Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com