Thomas served as a Private First Class, Coast Artillery Corps, U.S. Army during World War II.
He resided in Tuscarawas County, Ohio prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army on February 6, 1941, prior to the war, at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Single, without dependents.
Thomas became a POW of the Japanese Army during the "Fall Of the Philippines" in 1942.
He "Died While A POW" of the Japanese Army at Hoten Pow Camp, Mukden, Manchuria 42-123 (China) during the war.
He was awarded the Prisoner Of War Medal and the Purple Heart.
He was originally interred in the POW Camp in China and was later repatriated here in October 27, 1947.
Service # 15017303
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett
PFC, COAST ARTY CORPS WORLD WAR II
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