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PFC John Ernest Adams, Jr
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Birth: 1921
Delaware, USA
Death: Sep. 7, 1944, At Sea

Son of John Ernest Adams, Sr. and Bertha E. Morris Adams who resided in Laurel, Sussex County, Delaware.

He enlisted in the Army on August 3, 1940, prior to the war, in Baltimore, Maryland. He was noted as being Single, without dependents.

He served as a Private First Class in the 803rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He was taken prisoner in the capture of the Philippines in December of 1941.

John was declared "Missing In Action" while a POW of the Japanese Army in the sinking of the "Shinyo Maru".

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.

688 POW's died when the ship sank, leaving only 82 survivors. 47 of 52 Japanese guards also died.

His remains were not recovered and he was awarded a Purple Heart.

Service # 13000729

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 Parents:
  John Ernest Adams (1897 - 1957)
  Bertha E. Morris Adams (1901 - 1956)
 
Note: Entered the service from Delaware.
 
Burial:
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Manila
Metro Manila
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# 56774513
PFC John Ernest Adams, Jr
Added by: Kay and Duane Douglass
 
PFC John Ernest Adams, Jr
Added by: Kay and Duane Douglass
 
PFC John Ernest Adams, Jr
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Added by: Paul Hyde Schott
 
 
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- Kay and Duane Douglass
 Added: Jul. 10, 2014
Rest in Peace.
- Kathy Adams
 Added: Mar. 25, 2013

- Russ Pickett
 Added: Oct. 9, 2010
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