New York, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 7, 1944, At Sea|
George served as a Sergeant in the 31st Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army during World War II.
He resided at 1768 Lake Avenue, Rochester, Monroe County, New York prior to the war. He enlisted in the Army on August 13, 1939, prior to the war. He was noted as Single, without dependents.
He became a prisoner of the Japanese Army while fighting in the Philippines during the war in 1942.
George was declared "Missing In Action" while a POW of the Japanese Army in the sinking of the "Shinyo Maru".
He was awarded the "Bronze Star", Prisoner Of War Medal, and the Purple Heart.
The Japanese ship "Shinyo Maru" was loaded with 750 U.S. POW's in the cargo holds. The U.S.S. Paddle (SS-263), not knowing that American POW's were on board, fired torpedoes at the ship off the coast of Mindanao and sank it. Some Japanese guards shot prisoners as they struggled from the holds after the attack or were in the water.
668 POW's died when the ship sank, leaving only 82 survivors. 47 of 52 Japanese guards also died.
His remains were not recovered.
Service # 6976410
( Bio by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )
Soldiers & Sailors who died on the "Shinyo Maru":
( Last name staring with: A through D )
( Last name staring with: E through L )
( Last name staring with: M through R )
( Last name staring with: S through Z )
Survivor of the "Shinyo Maru"
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( Above listings created by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
Maintained by: Russ Pickett
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56751701
Added: Jan. 25, 2016
31st Infantry Regiment - George Eckhardt was captured on Bataan and took part in the death march. He was sent to Mindanao as a POW. In September 1944, the Japanese began shipping POWs to Manila as American forces approached the Philippines. The POWs we...(Read more)|
Added: Jan. 2, 2015
NARA Home of Record: Monroe County, New York...Killed In Action as Japanese Prisoner Of War aboard the Shinyo Maru...31st Infantry Regiment...Memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing in Manila...Your service and sacrifice must never be forgotten.|
Added: Aug. 22, 2014
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