LTC Frank George Aigrisse

Birth
Belgium
Death
4 Feb 1945 (aged 47)
Fukushima, Japan
Burial
Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot
Plot E Row 3 Grave 7
Memorial ID
56764500 View Source

Entered the service from Ohio.

Frank George Aigrisse died of acute colitis – the direct result of malnourishment and maltreatment – in a prisoner of war camp on Honshu Island, Japan.

Born in Belgium, Aigrisse came to the United States with his parents at an early age. His initial inability to speak English meant he experienced considerable difficulty in obtaining a formal education, and he also had to work to help support his family. But Aigrisse studied at night school and obtained a high school certificate. He then attended law school for two years and, after being tutored in the office of a local attorney, passed the Ohio Bar exam in July 1919. He was 22 years old.

Aigrisse was commissioned a captain, Judge Advocate General's Department Reserve in March 1933. He was very active in Reserve matters and, after being called to active duty in November 1940, was promoted to major and assigned to the 5th Division as Assistant Staff Judge Advocate. He served with that division at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana and Fort Custer, Michigan. In May 1941, Aigrisse sailed for the Philippine Islands.

When World War II broke out, Aigrisse was serving in Manila as the Assistant Department Judge Advocate, Philippine Department. After the Japanese attack on the islands on December 8, 1941, Aigrisse moved to Corregidor, where he continued to provide legal support to the command. He subsequently went to Bataan, where he served as Commanding Officer of II Corps' motor transport center. In this position, Aigrisse was in charge of soldiers unloading ammunition and other supplies sent from Corregidor to the fighting forces on Bataan. These supplies were transported and unloaded at night, and this meant Aigrisse worked under blackout conditions close to the fighting front. More than once, Aigrisse worked under Japanese artillery fire.

In early March 1942, Aigrisse returned to Corregidor and, when Gen. Wainwright surrendered all American forces there on May 6, he was taken prisoner along with more than 10,000 American soldiers. Aigrisse was in the Cabanatuan POW camp until November 1942, when he was transported to a prisoner of war camp on Honshu Island, Japan. He died there on February 4, 1945. The War Department posthumously awarded him the Bronze Star Medal in 1947 for his meritorious service in Manila, Bataan and Corregidor.

Entered the service from Ohio.

Frank George Aigrisse died of acute colitis – the direct result of malnourishment and maltreatment – in a prisoner of war camp on Honshu Island, Japan.

Born in Belgium, Aigrisse came to the United States with his parents at an early age. His initial inability to speak English meant he experienced considerable difficulty in obtaining a formal education, and he also had to work to help support his family. But Aigrisse studied at night school and obtained a high school certificate. He then attended law school for two years and, after being tutored in the office of a local attorney, passed the Ohio Bar exam in July 1919. He was 22 years old.

Aigrisse was commissioned a captain, Judge Advocate General's Department Reserve in March 1933. He was very active in Reserve matters and, after being called to active duty in November 1940, was promoted to major and assigned to the 5th Division as Assistant Staff Judge Advocate. He served with that division at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana and Fort Custer, Michigan. In May 1941, Aigrisse sailed for the Philippine Islands.

When World War II broke out, Aigrisse was serving in Manila as the Assistant Department Judge Advocate, Philippine Department. After the Japanese attack on the islands on December 8, 1941, Aigrisse moved to Corregidor, where he continued to provide legal support to the command. He subsequently went to Bataan, where he served as Commanding Officer of II Corps' motor transport center. In this position, Aigrisse was in charge of soldiers unloading ammunition and other supplies sent from Corregidor to the fighting forces on Bataan. These supplies were transported and unloaded at night, and this meant Aigrisse worked under blackout conditions close to the fighting front. More than once, Aigrisse worked under Japanese artillery fire.

In early March 1942, Aigrisse returned to Corregidor and, when Gen. Wainwright surrendered all American forces there on May 6, he was taken prisoner along with more than 10,000 American soldiers. Aigrisse was in the Cabanatuan POW camp until November 1942, when he was transported to a prisoner of war camp on Honshu Island, Japan. He died there on February 4, 1945. The War Department posthumously awarded him the Bronze Star Medal in 1947 for his meritorious service in Manila, Bataan and Corregidor.


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  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 56764500
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