|Birth: ||Jun. 28, 1908|
|Death: ||Feb. 16, 1945|
1SG Erwin started his military service at the age of 22, when he was attending training at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas in April, 1930. He re-enlisted as a SSG on 06 January, 1941 in Curry, New Mexico for US Army National Guard Coastal Artillery. He was assigned to the 200th Coastal Artillery, a New Mexico National Guard unit. In August, the 200th was notified that it had been selected for overseas assignment to the Philippines. By September, 1941 the 200th arrived in the Philippines was assigned to the United States Army Forces in the Far East, commanded by GEN Douglas MacArthur.
On 9 April, 1942, the 200th was one of many units that surrendered to the Japanese 14th Army and forced to endure that Bataan Death March and years of captivity as a Prisoner of War.
1SG Erwin was assigned to HQs Battery when he was taken captive by the Japanese; Records indicate he was held at Fukuoka POW Camp #1 - Kashii (Pine Tree Camp) Kyushu Island 33-130. He may have been transported there as early as 1943. He died 16 February 1945 during captivity.
He is the recipient of the Purple Heart Medal.
James Walter Erwin (1876 - 1953)
Emma Eunice Patterson Erwin (1881 - 1962)
Bernice Iona Skaggs McCollom (1916 - 1985)*
Dorothy Louise Erwin Boyd (1934 - 1995)*
Anna Frances Erwin Smith (1936 - 2009)*
Jewel Maurine Erwin Gibbs (1903 - 1976)*
Jack Guest Erwin (1908 - 1945)
Frances Susane Erwin Long (1913 - 1989)*
David Wilson Erwin (1918 - 1969)*
James Walter Erwin (1921 - 1961)*
Note: Entered the service from New Mexico.
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot: B 5 148
Maintained by: Charles & Ann
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56787959