James G. Barna

NAME
James George Barna
NICKNAME
Jimmy
MCSN
280701
HOME OF RECORD
8710 St. Aubin Street, Detroit, MI
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Barbara Samborec
DATE OF BIRTH
~1923
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
January 15, 1940
DATE OF LOSS
May 6, 1942
(January 7, 1946)
REGION
Philippines
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Corregidor / Palawan POW Camp
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA (Declared Dead)
UNIT
M/3/4th Marines
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
PFC Barna was captured in the fall of Corregidor on 6 May 1942. Although not officially reported as a POW, he was reportedly held at Palawan in the Philippine Islands.
Numerous eyewitnesses state that Barna, along six other prisoners, were accused of smuggling food and communicating with friendly Filipinos outside the prison walls. After being beaten and starved, Barna and MM3 Robert Laidlaw were removed from the prison and taken to Manila.
Prison rumor held that the two men were executed in Manila; however their exact fate has never been determined. Barna was declared dead on 7 January 1946.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Prisoner of War Medal
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS
Not Recovered.
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

Biography:
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Articles and Records:

The Detroit Free Press, 10 June 1942.

Oddly, Jimmy Barna appears on few official lists of POWs, although numerous eyewitness statements and well-known researchers can place him at Palawan. He was declared dead on 7 January 1946.

Photo Gallery:

This Army Signal Corps photo shows the palm trees at Palawan where the Americans, including Barna, were beaten and whipped.