Corp Henry P Schmidt

Birth
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 7 Sep 1944 (aged 25)
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 56768852 · View Source
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Henry served as a Corporal, 34th Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on September 24, 1940, prior to the war, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Stock clerk and also as Single, without dependents.

He became a prisoner of the Japanese Army while fighting in the Philippines during the war in 1942. He was held at Japanese POW Camp 2, Davao, Mindanao, Philippines.

Henry 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 # 13006907

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

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Soldiers & Sailors who died on the "Shinyo Maru":
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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 56768852
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Corp Henry P Schmidt (22 May 1919–7 Sep 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56768852, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .