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Pysz, Walter Chester

Name and Rank, Staff Sergeant Walter Chester Pysz.

Unit/Placed in, Signal Corps, Far east Force (Warning Service Company).


Camp Cabanatuan(Pangatian)

(former HQ 91st Philippine army Division)

After the Japanese occupation in 1942, the camp was converted by the Imperial Japanese Army into the Cabanatuan POW Camp. At its height, 8,000 prisoners were detained at this location. The prisoners also included some civilians including one British and one Norwegian citizen.  This POW Camp detained prisoners until liberated during the night of January 30, 1945.

The rectangular camp spanned roughly 25 acres and was 800 yards deep by 600 yards wide, divided by a road in the center. The camp consisted of a barracks for Japanese guards, barracks for prisoners, a hospital and water tower enclosed by barbed wire with guard towers.


Walter was born  in 1916 in Providence, Kent County, Rhode Island.

Father, Andrew Pysz.

Mother, Kundra Pysz.

Both born in Poland.

Sisters, Camelia and Celia Pysz.

Brothers, Eugenie, Mitchell, Henry and Edwin Pysz.


Walter entered  the service from Rhode Island with service number # 06143411.


Walter C. Pysz was a Staff Sergeant in the Signal Corps.


Walter died as a POW in Camp Cabanatuan on July 11, 1942 he is honored with a POW Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


Walter is buried at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila,

National Capital Region, Philippines.

He is also Mentioned at Cabanatuan Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines.


Thanks to Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far_East_Air_Force_(United_States)

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

POW Camp Cabanatuan
Camp Layout
P.O.W. Medal
Camp Memorial
His rank Staff Sergeant
His Unit Signal Corps Far East Force (Warning Service)
Prisonhut Cabanatuan