Name and Rank, Technician Fifth Grade Ellis C. Yoder Jr.
Unit/Placed in, 5307th Composite Unit “Merrill’s Marauders”.
Merrill’s Marauders were special Forces, that was a United States Army long Range Penetration special operations jungle warfare unit, which fought in the South-East.
Ellis was born approx. in 1924 in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Father, Ellis C. Yoder Sr.
Mother, Mabel P. Yoder.
Sisters, Edna, Ruth and Mildred Yoder.
Brothers, Raymond and Charles Yoder.
Ellis entered the service from Pennsylvania with service number # 13124716.
Ellis C. Yoder Jr. was a Technician Fifth Grade in the 5307th Composite Unit.
Ellis was KIA in Myanmar, Burma on April 5, 1944, and he is honored with the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.
Ellis is buried at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila,
National Capital Region, Philippines.
He also has a Memorial Grave at Saint John’s Germants Cemetery, Leesport, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA.
Thanks to http://www.marauder.org/marauder.htm
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
Navy Seal Memorial, http://www.navysealmemorials.com
Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org
Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com
Merrill’s Marauders, made up of a series of light infantry assault units (lacking heavy weapons), was ordered to take up position at Nhpum Ga and hold it against attacking Japanese forces in April of 1944. Ill equipped for this holding action, the Marauders were put under siege and often time surrounded by the Japanese.
Faced with poor health conditions and limited supplies, the Marauders managed to hold. At the end of the battle, 400 enemy were confirmed dead with 57 dead marauders and hundreds more wounded or incapacitated.