Rank and Name, Private John Avila.
Unit/Placed in, 192nd Tank Battalion, United States Army.
After he became a POW, he walked the DEATH MARCH to Camp O’Donnell
(Army Training Base, not yet in use), from there to Camp Cabanatuan(Pangatian)
(former HQ 91st Philippine army Division), then he went for Airfield Development to Davao with the “Hellship Erie Maru, then on Transport to a POW Camp in Japan with the “Hellship Arisan Maru were he died onboard a 7 September 1944.
John is born approx. on 8 Dec. 1914 in Erath County, Texas.
Parents and Siblings, No Record Available.
John enlisted the service in Texas with service number # 38041196.
John died on board the “Hellship Arisan Maru” on 7 Sept. 1944, 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.
John is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.
Walls of the missing.
Thanks to, https://bataanproject.com/
Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.
Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.
ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov
Seabees History Bob Smith https://seabeehf.org/
Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org
POW Info, http://www.mansell.com Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.
Navy Seal Memorial, http://www.navysealmemorials.com
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