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J. W. Ashcraft
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Birth: Jun. 2, 1915
Dawson County
Texas, USA
Death: Jun. 14, 1999
King County
Washington, USA

Technical Sergeant J.W. Ashcraft (service #38012469) served with Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion of the 515th Coast Artillery Regiment-AntiAircraft (POW Rolls).

The 200th Coast Artillery Corps was posted to the Philippines when Imperial Japanese began their invasion on 8 Dec 1941. The 200th was divided to form the 515th Coast Artillery Regiment to provide for the defense of Manila. After Japanese aerial attacks destroyed the artillery, the 515th and 200th resorted to fighting as infantry. Both units were among American and Filipino forces on the Bataan Peninsula when compelled to surrender on 9 Apr 1942. J.W Ashcraft survived the Bataan Death March that followed. On 7 May 1942 he was reported as a POW in the Philippines. He was liberated from Fukuoka POW Camp #1, Kashi (Pine Tree Camp), Kyushu Island, Japan where he was used as slave labor. [Information provided by Find A Grave member truchasnm.]

Family links: 
  Elbert D. Ashcraft (1892 - 1971)
  Unity Buna Ashcraft (1891 - 1973)
  Fay Ashcraft McDonald (1913 - 2006)*
  J. W. Ashcraft (1915 - 1999)
*Calculated relationship
4-9-42 TO 9-13-45
Delta Cemetery
Delta County
Colorado, USA
Plot: Lot 12, Space 1, Block 8 (Cremains)
Created by: Lynn Williams
Record added: Jun 07, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11120567
J. W. Ashcraft
Added by: Lynn Williams
J. W. Ashcraft
Added by: Lynn Williams
J. W. Ashcraft
Added by: Lynn Williams
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May the ordeal of your honored service never be forgotten.
- truchasnm
 Added: Apr. 8, 2013

 Added: Aug. 10, 2009

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