Donald L. Bernardy

NAME
Donald Louis Bernardy
NICKNAME
SERVICE NUMBER
280239
HOME OF RECORD
833 Parnell Street, Marinette, WI
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Nellie Bernardy
DATE OF BIRTH
April 25, 1920
ENTERED SERVICE
January 8, 1940
DATE OF LOSS
August 9, 1942
REGION
Philippines
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Cabanatuan
CASUALTY TYPE
Died as POW
UNIT
E/2/4th Marines
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
PFC Donald Bernardy was captured in the fall of Bataan, 9 April 1942, and interned at Cabanatuan Camp #1.
A few months into his captivity, Bernardy contracted a terrible combination of malaria and dysentery. He succumbed to illness at the Cabanatuan Camp Hospital, around 2300 hours on 9 August 1942. The following morning, Bernardy was buried with nine other victims in Grave 110.

When the grave was exhumed in 1946, only one individual could be positively identified. The remainder – probably including Donald Bernardy – are buried in Manila American Cemetery as unknowns.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS
Buried as an unknown, Manila American Cemetery
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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