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Pvt John Avila
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Birth: Dec. 8, 1914
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Death: Sep. 7, 1944, Philippines

Pvt. John Avila was a member of B Company, 192nd Tank Battalion. The company was made up of Illinois National Guardsmen. He volunteered to join the battalion as a replacement for a National Guardsman who was released from federal service.
John fought in some of the first tank battles of World War II involving American tanks. On April 9, 1942, he became a Prisoner of War and took part in the Bataan Death March. He was held as a POW at Camp O'Donnell and Cabanatuan. John was sent to Davao, Mindanao with other POWs to build runways at an airfield.
As American forces approached the Philippines, John and the other POWs were put on the Shinyo Maru for Manila. The ship was attacked by an American submarine. As the POWs attempted to escape the ship's holds, they were shot. The Japanese used small boats to hunt down the POWs who had made it safely into the water. When they found a POW, they shot him. It is not known when or how he died, but Pvt. John Avila is listed as dying in the sinking of the Shinyo Maru.

For more information, go to:
Proviso East High School Bataan Commemorative Research Project

Note: Entered the service from Texas.
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Metro Manila
National Capital Region, Philippines
Maintained by: JimO
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
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Pvt John Avila
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Pvt John Avila
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NARA records list this soldiers Home of Record as Dallas County, Texas...Killed In Action...Your service and sacrifice must never be forgotten.
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