Corp Victor Paliotto

Corp Victor Paliotto

Cranston, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Death 31 Jul 1943 (aged 23)
Shenyang, Liaoning, China
Burial Cranston, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Plot Section 13, # 246
Memorial ID 74221620 View Source
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Corporal Paliotti was captured by the japanese and taken to Mukden, Manchuria and imprisoned in the Hoten prisoner of war camp. He and two others escaped, were recaptured and executed by the japanese. My father told me of this many times as he was also a POW held at Hoten. The man memorialized here died for our freedom and is a true hero. God bless you Corporal Paliotti. Rest in honor and in peace. "June 21st, 1943 - Corporal Victor Paliotti USMC, Frederick Merringola USN and Sgt. Joe B. Chastain all escaped. July 12th, 1943 - Re-captured and brought back. July 31st, 1943 - The ones who escaped were shot."
Cpl. Victor Paliotti enlisted in the Marine Corps from Cranston, Rhode Island in 11 September 1939. He did basic training at the MCRD San Diego, California. Then to the Marine Naval Air Station Barracks, San Diego.

In February 1940, he was with Company "D", First Battalion, Fourth Marines, Shanghai, China. (July 1940 rated PFC. His unit stayed with the Shanghai Settlement until they were withdrawn in 27-28 November 1941 and sent to Manilla Bay, Philippines. His unit was sent over to Corregidor on 27 December 1941 to defend the island.

After fierce fighting up to the last minute, his unit was surrendered to the japanese on 6 May 1942. In early October 1942, he, along with other prisoners, was shipped to the POW camp at Mukden, Manchuria aboard the japanese "Hell Ship", Tottori Maru.

On 21 June 1943, he, Marine Cpl. Joe Chastain, and Navy Seaman 1/C Frank Meringolo managed to escape. They were recaptured attempting to reach the Russian border and returned to Hoten on 6 July 1943. They were executed by the japanese after a "trial" for reportedly killing a Manchurian police officer who tried to recapture them.

Those lost:
Cpl. Joe Bill Chastain, USMC, 3rd Battaliion, 4 Marine Regiment (on Corregidor)
Cpl. Victor Paliotti, USMC
Sn1C Frank Meringolo, USN (Served aboard the USS Canopus until he was sent over to Corregidor and served with the Marines there until the surrender)
PALIOTTI, Victor, 274301, CoD, 1stBn, 4thMar, Philippine Is, July 31, 1943, killed in action (mc) + PALIOTTI, Victor, Cpl., USMC. Mother, Mrs. Julia Paliotti, 23 Mathewson St., Cranston, Providence, RI (Died as POW) (na)
Throughout the Pacific theater, the japanese treated POWs and civilians barbarically. Survivors of camps in Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Burma and Laos all reported experiencing tremendous cruelty, torture, disease and starvation. It is an astounding fact that while POWs died at a rate of 1.2% in Germany, they died at a rate of 37% across the Pacific.
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Sgt. Joe B. Chastain Find A Grave Memorial# 6920592

Ferdinand Frank Meringolo Find A Grave Memorial# 2756624

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