1LT Henry Garnsey Lee

1LT Henry Garnsey Lee

Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 9 Jan 1945 (aged 30)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Buried in unmarked, mass grave
Memorial ID 9452936 · View Source
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Soldier Poet. His poems were found hidden in the Cabanatuan POW Camp in the Philippine Islands, when the camp was liberated by the American Army. A lieutenant in the 31st US Infantry Regiment, he was posted to the Philippine Islands in early 1940. When Japan attacked the US in Dec 1941, the US Army was unprepared to defend the Philippines, and Lee was captured when the Japanese overran the Bataan Pennisula. Forced to endure the Bataan Death March. In Dec 1944, Lee and 1617 other POWs were packed into a Jap cargo ship, which was promptly bombed by US Navy planes (the Japanese did not mark their POW ships, making them legitimate targets). Approximately 1350 POWs survived that bombing, and the survivors were reloaded aboard another unmarked freighter, Enoura Maru, which was sunk in Formosa on January 9, 1945, where Lee was killed. Only 300 of the original 1618 POWs would survive the war. His body was recovered by the Japanese and buried in an unmarked mass grave with the other dead American POWs. In 1948, his parents, Thomas and Mable G. Lee, published his poems and a few letters he had written in a book, "Nothing But Praise." His name is listed on a wall at the American Military Cemetery in Manila, Philippines.

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  • Originally Created by: Kit and Morgan Benson
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Henry Garnsey Lee (26 Aug 1914–9 Jan 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9452936, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Find A Grave .