2Lt Burton Randolph Richard

2Lt Burton Randolph Richard

Birth
Pennsylvania, USA
Death 25 Jan 1945 (aged 26–27)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56773860 · View Source
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Burton served as a Second Lieutenant, 3rd Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group , U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Washington County, Maryland prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on September 9, 1940, prior to the war, in Baltimore, Maryland. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the manufacture of automobiles and also as Single, without dependents.

Burton became a POW of the Japanese Army during the "Fall Of the Philippines" in 1942 and was held at the Japanese POW Camp 2, Davao, Mindanao, Philippines 7-125.

While a POW, in December, 1944, he was boarded onto the "Oryoku Maru" for transport to Japan.

The "Oryoku Maru" was sunk by American planes at Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, on December 15, 1944. The surviving POW's ( Burton was a survivor ) were boarded onto either the "Enoura Maru" or the "Brazil Maru" which also reached Takao Harbor, Formosa.

Burton "Died While A POW" of the Japanese Army while on the "Brazil Maru" along with an estimated 500 other POW's on the journey to Japan.

He and was awarded the Prisoner of War Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-411733

He also has a "Cenotaph" in his honor at the Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, Maryland.

"Click Here" to view that record.

( Bio: by Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56773860
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Burton Randolph Richard (1918–25 Jan 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56773860, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .