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Dolphia Michael "Dave" Boyce
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Birth: Mar. 16, 1893
Shelton
Buffalo County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Oct. 5, 1943
Wake Island, UMI

Civilian, Wake Island NAS

Lost life on Wake Island, October 1943. W W II
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Death Of Dave Boyce On Wake Island Is Confirmed by Navy
Was One of 96 American Civilians Killed By Japs
In a letter to members of the family, the Navy Department at Washington, D.C., has confirmed the death of Dave Boyce, better known to his Shelton friends as "Mike."

He was one of the 96 American civilians on the island, at the time it was taken by Japs Dec. 23, 1941, who were killed in a mass murder in October, 1943. Evidence produced at a U.S. Navy trial indicated that the men were led from their barracks to the beach where their hands and feet were tied. They were blindfolded and ordered to face the ocean. Three platoons of Japanese soldiers stood to the rear of them with rifles and machine guns and the command was then given that ended the lives of all of the men.

The Japanese admiral and ten other Japanese naval officers were convicted of the mass murder in the U.S. Navy court early in January of this year and sentenced to hang for the crime. The Americans, most of them from the western states, had been building a navy base when the Japs took the island.

Boyce, who formerly lived in Shelton, had been working at the carpenter trade and in April, 1941, he signed for nine months at Wake Island. He was working there as a carpenter foreman. The island was captured by the enemy before his time was up.

Boyce's parents who lived here many years ago, and later moved to Fleming, Ohio, both preceded him in death. He is survived by four children, two sons and two daughters, living in Denver, Colo. He is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. Esta Miller, living at the Soldiers Home in Grand Island, Mrs. Nona McKee and Mrs. Nora Pickering, both of Shelton, and two brothers, W. H. Boyce, Shelton, and Ed Boyce who lives at Johnstown, Colo. 
 
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 Parents:
  Isaac R. Boyce (1858 - 1924)
  Louesa Virginia Hornbeck Boyce (1856 - 1937)
 
 Spouse:
  Eppie Mae Adamson Lotz (1895 - 1996)
 
 Children:
  Doris N. Boyce Williams (1919 - 2001)*
 
 Siblings:
  Esta A. Boyce Miller (1880 - 1958)*
  Cora E. Boyce Pickering (1881 - 1965)*
  Carris Delbert Boyce (1884 - 1940)*
  Nona Victoria Boyce McKee (1886 - 1974)*
  William Henry Boyce (1889 - 1974)*
  Ethel Orrie Boyce Albee (1892 - 1932)*
  Dolphia Michael Boyce (1893 - 1943)*
  Dolphia Michael Boyce (1893 - 1943)
  Edward Ray Boyce (1895 - 1972)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Civilian from Nebraska.
 
Burial:
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific *
Honolulu
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA
Plot: G 68
*Cenotaph [?]
 
Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 3770153
Dolphia Michael Dave Boyce
Added by: Ralph H. and Hilda Sayre, Upshur-WV-USA
 
Dolphia Michael Dave Boyce
Added by: Ralph H. and Hilda Sayre, Upshur-WV-USA
 
Dolphia Michael Dave Boyce
Added by: Ralph H. and Hilda Sayre, Upshur-WV-USA
 
 
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One of 98 civilians executed by the Japanese military on October 7, 1943, on Wake Island.
- Kathy Margrave
 Added: Mar. 24, 2012
 
 
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