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PFC Dexter C Woodman

PFC Dexter C Woodman

Massachusetts, USA
Death 13 Dec 1941 (aged 21)
Burial Henniker, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 54234957 · View Source
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Dexter served as a Private First Class, 27th Material Squadron, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

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

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on September 30, 1940, prior to the war, in Manchester, New Hampshire. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Single, without dependents and also as a High School Grad.

Dexter was "Killed In Action" at Nichol's Army Air Force field in the Philippines during the war. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 11014680

Pvt. Dexter C. Woodman, 11014680, 27th Material Squadron, Far East Air Force. Killed in Action on 13 December 1941 during a Japanese air raid on Nichols Field, Luzon, Philippine Islands. Born on 24 June 1920, he entered the service on 30 September 1940 from Henniker, New Hampshire with two other friends.

Pvt. Woodman was one of the first casualties of World War II for the United States, being killed less then a week after Pearl Harbor during the Japanese invasion of the Philippine Islands. He shipped out to the Philippines aboard the USAT "U.S. Grant" around February 1941as he spent a week on sick call during the journey as did many soldiers sailing across the world's ocean. He was killed during a Japanese air raid on Nichols Field on 13 December 1941. The chaotic time surrounding the first weeks of the war, especially in the Philippines, led to several issues arising about Pvt. Woodman's death such as establishing his correct name and date of death, which did not happen until 1946.

His body was returned home and buried on 21 October 1948. He was buried along with his high school friend Douglas Rush, who joined the Army Air Corps at the same time as Pvt. Woodman, served with him in the Philippines, died as a prisoner of war of the Japanese, and returned home at the same time to be buried. The town of Henniker honored Pvt. Woodman in 7 November 1942 by naming a small park in front of town hall Woodman Park.



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  • Find A Grave Memorial 54234957
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Dexter C Woodman (24 Jun 1920–13 Dec 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 54234957, citing Henniker Cemetery, Henniker, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by ShaneO (contributor 47009366) .