Donald Louis Bernardy
|HOME OF RECORD
833 Parnell Street, Marinette, WI
|NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Nellie Bernardy
|DATE OF BIRTH
April 25, 1920
|DATE OF ENLISTMENT
January 8, 1940
|DATE OF LOSS
August 9, 1942
|CAMPAIGN / AREA
Died as POW
|CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
PFC Bernardy was captured in the fall of Bataan, 9 April 1942, and interned at Cabanatuan POW Camp.
He died of malaria on 9 August, 1942. The exact location of his burial is not known.
Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal
|LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
|STATUS OF REMAINS
Manila American Cemetery
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Articles and Records:
PFC Bernardy’s war almost ended on 2 January 1942, when he was wounded in a bombing raid. Remarkably, he was fit for duty within days, and on 15 January was detached to serve with HQ/USAFFE on the Bataan Peninsula. Excerpt from the January 1942 muster roll for E/2/4th Marines.
Log of Operations of the 4th Marines, January 2, 1942. In addition to Bernardy, PFC Verden G. Andrews was buried by debris and asphyxiated, Warren H. Smith was wounded in the left foot, and Howard Haase was hospitalized for shellshock.
Bernardy was carried as a POW until 12 May 1943, when a report confirming his death reached USMC Headquarters. Excerpt from the Prisoners of War and Missing Persons Detachment muster roll, May 1943.
The Green Bay Press Gazette, 11 May 1942. The statement that Bernardy was wounded in China is erroneous.
The Escanaba Daily Press, 13 May 1942.
The Green Bay Press Gazette, 20 May 1943.
The Chicago Tribune, 23 May 1943.
The Sheboygan Press, 28 May 1943.
Bernardy’s enlistment photo. Uploaded to FindAGrave by Rick Lawrence.
Donald Bernardy, date unknown.