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2LT Burt C Gay

2LT Burt C Gay

Death 16 Feb 1945 (aged 25)
Burial New London, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 129402785 · View Source
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Burt served as a 2nd Lt., 91st Coast Artillery Regiment, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Merrimack County, New Hampshire prior to the war.

Burt was held as a POW of the Japanese 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 POW's and called off the attack. After the POW's 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 POW's 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 POW's. The surviving POW's 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 Camp #3.

Burt "Died While A POW" of the Japanese Army at Fukuoka POW Camp 3, Yawata No, Kyushu Island during the war.

He was awarded the Prisoner Of War Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-408833

Special thanks to JimO for submitting POW info for Burt's record!

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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 8 May 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 129402785
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Burt C Gay (17 Apr 1919–16 Feb 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 129402785, citing Old Main Street Cemetery, New London, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .