William served as a Coxswain, Submarine Tender, U.S.S. Canopus (AS-9), U.S. Navy during World War II.
He resided in Missouri prior to the war.
The Canopus was scuttled in Mariveles Bay, Bataan by her own crew, to deny her use to the enemy in the "Fall of Bataan" during the war.
William then became a POW of the Japanese Army in April, 1942.
He "Died While A POW" at sea while en-route to the Japanese Prison Camp at Hoten Pow Camp, Mukden, Manchuria 42-123 (China) while still on board a ship during the war.
He was awarded the Prisoner Of War Medal and the Purple Heart.
His remains were thrown overboard.
Service # 3370756
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett