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PFC John Ernest Adams, Jr

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PFC John Ernest Adams, Jr

  • Birth 1921 Delaware, USA
  • Death 7 Sep 1944 At Sea
  • Cenotaph Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
  • Plot Tablets of the Missing
  • Memorial ID 56774513

Son of John Ernest Adams, Sr. and Bertha E. Morris Adams who resided in Laurel, Sussex County, Delaware.

John served as a Private First Class, 803rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He enlisted in the Army on August 3, 1940, prior to the war, in Baltimore, Maryland. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Single, without dependents.

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

John 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 # 13000729

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

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Soldiers & Sailors who died on the "Shinyo Maru":
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( 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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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56774513
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC John Ernest Adams, Jr (1921–7 Sep 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56774513, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .