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 Gardner Baker Gross

Gardner Baker Gross

Birth
Bowdle, Edmunds County, South Dakota, USA
Death 27 Nov 1970 (aged 63)
Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Bowdle, Edmunds County, South Dakota, USA
Plot Lot 111, Grave 3
Memorial ID 100047079 · View Source
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As a Major, Gardner B. Gross was held as a POW in the Philippine Islands.
In December 1944, he was boarded onto the Oryoku Maru for transport to Japan. The ship sailed on December 13th and came under attack from American planes on December 14th. As evening approached, the attack was called off. The next day the planes returned and continued the attack. When the pilots saw the large number of men climbing from the ship’s holds, they realized the ship was carrying POWs and called off the attack. After the POWs were off the ship, the attack resumed and the ship was sunk by American planes at Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, on December 15, 1944.
The surviving POWs were boarded onto the Enoura Maru which sailed on December 27th and reached Takao, Formosa, by the New Year.
While docked it was bombed by American planes on January 9, 1945, killing many of the POWs. The surviving POWs were boarded onto the Brazil Maru which sailed on January 13th and reached Japan on January 29, 1945. In Japan, he was held at Fukuoka #1.
He was later sent to Jinsen, Korea, where he was liberated at the end of the war.


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  • Originally Created by: RobMinteer57
  • Added: 2 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100047079
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gardner Baker Gross (6 Nov 1907–27 Nov 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100047079, citing Bowdle City Cemetery, Bowdle, Edmunds County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Memory Lane (contributor 47935911) .