Glenn C Frazier Jr.

Glenn C Frazier Jr.

Birth
Athol, Smith County, Kansas, USA
Death 24 Feb 1945 (aged 19)
Japan
Burial Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA
Plot Section N, Grave 275
Memorial ID 9206855 · View Source
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Aviation Gunners Mate 3rd class, US Navy, captured on Chichi Jima Island (in the Bonin Islands Group) when his SB2C Helldiver airplane was shot down during World War II on February 18, 1945. After five days of hiding out without food, he surrendered to Japanese soldiers. On February 24, 1945, he was beaten to death with a club by Army Captain Noburu Nakajima, an often drunken and violent man, who was interrogating him and did not like his answers. He was placed in an unmarked grave and it was only after the war, that his body was identified. After the war, his remains were recovered by American soldiers, and returned to New Mexico. Captain Nakajima, the Japanese officer who killed him, was 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). Glenn was friendly and outgoing, and well liked by his fellow sailors. His life and death are described in the book, "Flyboys" by James Bradley. He was 18 years old when he was killed.


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  • Created by: Kit and Morgan Benson
  • Added: 31 Jul 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial 9206855
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Glenn C Frazier Jr. (20 Feb 1926–24 Feb 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 9206855, citing Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA ; Maintained by Kit and Morgan Benson (contributor 46483611) .