Pvt William Henry Bovell, Jr

Pvt William Henry Bovell, Jr

Birth
Camden, Camden County, New Jersey, USA
Death 16 Jun 1942 (aged 24)
Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot D, Row 9, Grave 48
Memorial ID 56786999 · View Source
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Private Bovell was the son of William H., Sr.
and Mary Bovell.

He was inducted into the Army in March, 1941.

After undergoing basic training, Private Bovell
was assigned to the 803rd Engineer Battalion,
Aviation, and sent to the Philippines in
September. He only wrote home once, the letter
reaching his family in December of 1941.
Private Bovell was serving on Bataan when the
Japanese attacked the Philippines in December
of 1941. Taken prisoner by the Japanese, he was
imprisoned at the Bilibid Prison in Manila when
the islands fell in May of 1942.

While imprisoned at Bilibid, he suffered an
attack of appendicitis in June of 1942.
Operated on without anesthetic by Japanese
doctors, he was pushed off the operating table
and forced to walk immediately after the
operation. He died as a direct result of this
maltreatment by the Japanese on June 16, 1942.
The circumstances of his death were revealed
during the war crimes trial of Japanese
General Homma.

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Gravesite Details Entered the service from New Jersey.

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  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56786999
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt William Henry Bovell, Jr (10 Dec 1917–16 Jun 1942), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56786999, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Tim Cook (contributor 46481904) .