Pvt Elmer E Searll

Birth
Rhode Island, USA
Death 7 Sep 1944 (aged 21–22)
At Sea
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

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Memorial ID 56763311 · View Source
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Elmer served as a Private, 803rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Massachusetts prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on October 8, 1940, prior to the war, in Fall River, Massachusetts. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Usher and also as Single, without dependents.

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

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

He was awarded the 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 # 11018745

( 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 56763311
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Elmer E Searll (1922–7 Sep 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56763311, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .