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James D Grahnert
Birth: Oct. 28, 1921
Rapid City
Pennington County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Dec. 14, 1944

Palawan Massacre
During World War II, in order to prevent the rescue of prisoners of war by the advancing allies, on 14 December 1944, the Japanese herded the remaining 150 POWs at Puerto Princesa into three covered trenches which were then set on fire using barrels of gasoline. As prisoners tried to escape the flames they were shot down. Some escaped by going over a cliff that ran along one side of the trenches, but were later hunted down and killed. Only 11 men escaped the slaughter and between 133 and 141 were killed. The site of the massacre can still be visited. The massacre is the premise of the recently published book "Last Man Out: Glenn McDole, USMC, Survivor of the Palawan Massacre in World War II" by Bob Wilbanks, and the opening scenes of the 2005 Miramax movie, "The Great Raid".


Cpl James Dewey Grahnert US Marine Corps
State: Washington

Name: James D Grahnert
Military start date: 6 May 1942
Military stop date: 14 Dec 1944
Residence: Washington

He was also a China Marine - Company ''F'', Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, Shanghai, China


His parents were Wilhelm/William Leimund Grahnert and Bessie Bell Brown Grahnert 
 
Burial:
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Oakville (St. Louis County)
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Plot: SECTION 85 SITE 63
 
Created by: Eric Kreft
Record added: Apr 22, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19050214
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