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North Dakota's Heroes: Prisoners of War

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1942
Valley City, ND
World War II - POW
Branch of Service: Marines
Date of Capture: May 6, 1942

Was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 6 May 1942, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his death while still in captivity.

Richard Beebe Williams
1942
Fargo, ND
World War II - POW
Branch of Service: Navy
Date of Capture: May 6, 1942

The gunboat Oahu operated in Manila Bay on inshore patrol and in support of US forces on Bataan until Bataan fell on 5 April 1942, and then continued to operate about the island fortress of Corregidor until sunk by enemy gunfire 5 May 1942.  Lieutenant

Joseph L. Smith
1942
World War II - POW
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 194th Tank Battalion
Date of Capture: April 15, 1942 / Age: 27

Died while in POW status. Took part in the Bataan Death March, where he was killed by a Japanese guard and buried. After the war his remains were recovered.

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1942
Williston, ND
World War II - POW
Branch of Service: Marines
Date of Capture: April 9, 1942

Was captured by the Japanese at Fort Mills, Philippine Islands and was held as a Prisoner of War until his death while still in captivity.

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1942
Grand Forks, ND
World War II - POW
Branch of Service: Navy
Date of Capture: February 28, 1942

Died while in Prisoner of War status on Sep 12, 1943.

World War II - POW
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Air Corps

POW: Cabanatuan Prisoner of War Camp, Luzon, Philippine Island.

Died of dysentery and malnutrition on October 24, 1942. Buried in mass grave at POW Camp.

Remains recovered October  1952.

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