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 Collin Batson Whitehurst, Jr

Collin Batson Whitehurst, Jr

Virginia, USA
Death 24 Oct 1944 (aged 30)
At Sea
Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Plot Sec MA3 Site 32
Memorial ID 78654342 · View Source
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Major Collin B. Whitehurst Jr. POW/DIS
Hometown: Cincinnati Ohio,
45th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts
Service #0-021351
Awards: Bronze Star, Purple Heart

Biography gleaned from
Graduate United States Military Academy Class of 1938

Collin B. Whitehurst Jr. was born on 3 February 1914 at Richmod, Virginia, the son of Collin B. Whitehurst, Sr. and Adelaide Rawls Whitehurst. His family moved to Cincinnati Ohio, where Collin attended Washington School and Hughes High School. Graduating from Hughes High School, Collin entered the University of Cincinnati as a pre-medical student, and at the end of his second year in the University he secured an appointment to West Point. Accordingly he entered the Academy in June 1934, and graduated with the class of 1938.

Collin was in the Chapel Choir four years, the Glee Club one year, was Manager of Goat Football for two years, and was a Pistol Marksman. His first assignment after graduation was at Fort Thomas, Kentucky, with Headquarters Company 10th Infantry, and while at this post he was married to Miss Rose Kneubel, daughter of Colonel and Mrs. John Kneubel.

Collin and Rose sailed for the Philippines in June 1940, and he was stationed at Fort McKinley. Their son was born there on 28 October 1940. Collins wife and son were evacuated to the States in April, 1941. Collin was then transferred to Cebu, and promoted to Major.

During the battle of Bataan Major Whitehusrt may have been given a field promotion to Colonel. When the Allies surrendered Whitehurst was made prisoner of war by the Japanese. He was seen September of 1942, in the Japanese Prison Camp in Mindanao. Whitehurst parents received cheerful prisoner of war cards from Collin while he was at Mindanao Prison. They also received a letter, under date of 20 September 1945, from Major Robert B. Blakeslee, advising them that be had been in Mindanao Prison with Collin, and that on Christmas, 1943, Capt. Monett, Chaplain for the Episcopalians, conducted an appropriate service, and that Collin organized and trained a choir for this occasion.

Some time later, Colonel Whitehurst was transferred to Cabanatuan Prison, and then on to Manila where he was placed on a prison ship. By 1944 the Japanese were evacuating American POW's to Japan on what became known as "HELL" ships. The vessel sailed from Manila, Philippine Islands on 11 October 1944 with 1,775 prisoners of war aboard. On 24 October 1944 the vessel was sunk by submarine action in the South China Sea, 200 miles from the Chinese coast which was the nearest land. Five of the prisoners escaped in a small boat and reached the coast. Four others have been reported as picked up by the Japanese, and all others were lost. Colonel Whitehurst Died in Service as a POW on 24 October 1944.

Major Collin B. Whitehurst Jr. appears Tablets of the Missing Manila American Cemetery Manila, Philippines. His memorial Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery San Antonio Bexar County Texas is a cenotaph, his body was never recovered.

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