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Keeling, Birchell

Rank and Name, Technician Fourth Grade Birchell Keeling.

Unit/Placed in, 194th Tank Battalion.


The Imperial Japanese began their Invasion in the Philippines on 8 Dec 1941.

The 194th Tank Battalion resorted to fighting together among American and Filipino forces when compelled to surrender on 9 Apr 1942.

Tec4 Keeling became a POW and was imprisoned at Pow Camp Cabanatuan, he survived the Bataan Death March, but died shortly after it.


Birchell is born approx. on May. 9, 1923 in Washington County, Kentucky.

Father, Cecil J. Keeling.

Mother, Rose R. (Fowler) Keeling.

Sister(s), Ann and Juanita Keeling.

Brother(s), Curtis, J.C. and Billy E. Keeling.


Birchell enlisted the service in Kentucky with service number # 20523481.


Birchell died as a POW in Camp Cabanatuan on July 1, 1942, he is honored with a Purple Heart, POW Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


Birchell 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

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






Camp Cabanatuan
Birchell Keeling
His rank Technician Fourth Grade