2Lt Paul A Sanks

Birth
Missouri, USA
Death 7 Sep 1944 (aged 35–36)
At Sea
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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Memorial ID 56757607 · View Source
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Paul served as a Second Lieutenant, Ordnance Department, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Los Angeles County, California prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on September 21, 1940, prior to the war, at Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, California. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a miner and also as Single, without dependents.

He became a prisoner of the Japanese Army while fighting in the Philippines during the war in 1942.

Paul was declared "Missing In Action" while a POW of the Japanese Army in the sinking of the "Shinyo Maru".

He was awarded the "Bronze Star", Prisoner Of War Medal and the Purple Heart.

The Japanese ship "Shinyo Maru" was loaded with 750 U.S. POW's in the cargo holds. The U.S.S. Paddle (SS-263), not knowing that American POW's were on board, fired torpedoes at the ship off the coast of Mindanao and sank it. Some Japanese guards shot prisoners as they struggled from the holds after the attack or were in the water.

668 POW's died when the ship sank, leaving only 82 survivors. 47 of 52 Japanese guards also died.

His remains were not recovered.

Service # 0-890196

( Bio by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )

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Soldiers & Sailors who died on the "Shinyo Maru":
( Last name staring with: A through D )
( Last name staring with: E through L )
( Last name staring with: M through R )
( Last name staring with: S through Z )

Survivor of the "Shinyo Maru"
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( Above listings created by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )

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  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56757607
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Paul A Sanks (1908–7 Sep 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56757607, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .