Erskin served as a Private First Class, Headquarters, 59th Coast Artillery Corps, U.S. Army during World War II.
He resided in Arkansas prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army Coast Artillery Corps on February 1, 1941, prior to the war, in New Ulm, Minnesota. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Farm Hand and also as Single, without dependents.
Erskin became a POW of the Japanese Army during the "Fall Of the Philippines" in 1942.
He "Died While A POW" of the Japanese Army at Hoten Pow Camp, Mukden, Manchuria 42-123 (China) during the war.
He was awarded the Prisoner Of War Medal and the Purple Heart.
He was originally interred in the POW Camp in China and was later repatriated here on February 3, 1949.
Service # 17016216
At the families request, his state of birth was added to his headstone (Mississippi) instead of his state of residence, as was normally done, (Arkansas).
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett
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