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Capt. Dwight T. Hunkins - POW

Fargo, ND
County: Cass
World War II - POW
Date of Capture: January 22, 1945 / Age: 29
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 31st Infantry Regiment

Died while in POW status. Fought on Bataan and became a POW at Camp O'Donnell and Cabanatuan. He was one of 1622 Japanese Prisoners of War boarded onto the Oryoku Maru at Manila on December 14, 1944. The ship sailed and was bombed at Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, by American planes while it was picking up Japanese personnel. The Japanese abandoned ship. Only 403 of the original POWs on the Oryoku Maru survived the war.

Memorialized at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial. Received Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart awards.

Medals and Honors

Silver Star