Lloyd Richard “Dick” Woellhof

Lloyd Richard “Dick” Woellhof

Clay Center, Clay County, Kansas, USA
Death 6 Aug 1944 (aged 20)
Wakayama, Japan
Memorial Site* Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA

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Aviation Radioman 2nd class, US Navy, captured on Chichi Jima Island (in the Bonin Islands Group) when his SB2C Helldiver airplane was shot down on July 4, 1944, during World War II. He was based on the aircraft carrier, USS Yorktown. On August 6, 1944, he was ordered to be taken to the Chichi Jima rifle range, where he was tied to a tree and used for bayonet practice by the Japanese Army. While Dick was still alive, Lt. Col. Kikuji Ito, who supervised the bayonet practice, beheaded him. After the war, on August 16, 1945, his body was dug up by the Japanese, cremated and the ashes disposed of, to hide the evidence of his death. General Yoshio Tachibana, the Japanese officer who ordered his death, and LTC Ito were tried for War Crimes in 1947, executed by hanging, and buried in an unmarked grave on the island of Guam (where the trial was held). Dick Woellhof was friendly and outgoing, and well liked by his fellow sailors. His life and death are described in the book, "Flyboys" by James Bradley.

  • Created by: Kit and Morgan Benson
  • Added: 30 Jul 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9204905
  • Kathie L. Webb Blair
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lloyd Richard “Dick” Woellhof (26 Jul 1924–6 Aug 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9204905, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Kit and Morgan Benson (contributor 46483611) .