Seaman Meringolo was captured by the Japanese and taken to Mukden, Manchuria and imprisoned in the Hoten prisoner of war camp. He and two others escaped, were recaptured and executed by the Japanese. My father told me of this many times as he was also a POW held at Hoten. The man memorialized here died for our freedom and is a true hero. God bless you Seaman Meringolo. Rest in honor and in peace. "June 21st, 1943 - Corporal Victor Paliotti USMC, Frederick Merringola USN and Sgt. Joe B. Chastain all escaped. July 12th, 1943 - Re-captured and brought back. July 31st, 1943 - The ones who escaped were shot."
MERINGOLO, Ferdinand Frank, Seaman 1c, USN. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Demetrio Meringolo, 570 E. 2d St., Brooklyn, NY
Japs Execute Marines In Manchuria
WASHINGTON—Two Marines and a sailor were condemned to death and executed by the Japanese July 31, 1943, according to a report to the Navy Dept. from the International Red Cross. They were Sgt. Joe B. Chastain, Corp. Victor Paliotti and Sl/c. Frank Merigolo. The three, held as prisoners of var, escaped from their Manchurian camp the night of June 21, 1943, and fled toward Russia, aclording to the Japanese Foreign Office.
They attempted to pass themselves off as German aviators whose plane had crashed. Enroute to the scene of the supposed accident one of the men killed a police inspector and another seriously wounded a Mongol, according to the Japanese version. The three were tried before a military court and condemned to death.
The New York Times said "Washington officialdom and high Army and Navy officers seriously doubted the authenticity of the Japanese assertions." However, it was pointed out that if the circumstances were true, international law had not been violated. It had not been previously known that American prisoners were being held in Manchuria. Sgt. Chastain enlisted in Dallas, Tex., Apr. 4, 1939, and was confirmed as a prisoner of war since June 18, 1943. Corp. Paliotti enlisted at Denver, Colo., Sept. 11, 1939, and has been confirmed as a prisoner since June 22, 1943.
Sgt. Joe B. Chastain Find A Grave Memorial# 6920592
Corp Victor Paliotti Find A Grave Memorial# 74221620
Gravesite Details Throughout the Pacific theater, the japanese treated POWs and civilians barbarically. It is a fact that while POWs died at a rate of 1.2% in Germany, they died at a rate of 37% across the Pacific