Assistant Cook Joe Manuel Dominguez

Joe Dominguez, date unknown.

Photo by Maureen Keillor.

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Service Number: 290920

Birth and Early Life:
Joe was born on July 8, 1921. He was raised in California by his mother, Mrs. Golden Fornos. (1)

Enlistment and Boot Camp:
On August 3, 1940, Dominguez entered the United States Marine Corps from Los Angeles, California. He may have had some prior military training as he does not appear to have gone through the full course of boot camp; by September, he was en route to Cavite Navy Yard in the Philippines.

Wartime Service:
While at Cavite, Joe Dominguez was promoted to Assistant Cook. When the Fourth Regiment arrived in the Philippines, his barracks detachment at Cavite was re-designated as the regiment’s Third Battalion; Dominguez found himself with the headquarters group of Company L.

Dominguez was one of those captured by the Japanese at the fall of Corregidor on May 6, 1942. Like many of his comrades, he was sent to the prison camp at Cabanatuan, Luzon, Philippine Islands.

Date Of Loss:
Joe Dominguez died at Cabanatuan Camp #1 on July 16, 1942. The cause and circumstances of his death were not recorded.

Next Of Kin:
Mother, Mrs. Golden Fornos

Status Of Remains:
Unknown.

Memorial:
L’Unione Italiana Cemetery, Ybor City, Florida.
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.
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NOTES:
(1) Golden Fornos moved to Florida in the 1940s – her address as Joe’s next-of-kin was in Tampa.

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