Vincent W. Bailey

NAME
Vincent William Bailey
NICKNAME
MCSN
247730
HOME OF RECORD
1506 West 64th Street, Seattle, WA
NEXT OF KIN
Wife, Mrs. Hazel Bailey
DATE OF BIRTH
October 16, 1917
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
April 6, 1935
DATE OF LOSS
January 22, 1942
(Declared dead December 1942)*
REGION
Pacific
CAMPAIGN / AREA
At Sea
CASUALTY TYPE
Executed as POW
UNIT
MAG-21
(attached VMF-211)
DUTY
Mechanic
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
TSgt. Bailey was taken prisoner on 23 December 1941, after the fall of Wake Island. On 22 January 1942, he was one of five Americans executed aboard the Nitta Maru as revenge for Japanese casualties at Wake.
The beheadings were botched, and the prisoners mutilated, before being thrown into the sea.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal
LAST KNOWN RANK
Technical Sergeant
STATUS OF REMAINS
Lost at sea from the hellship Nitta Maru
MEMORIALS
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

* Note: Exact date uncertain. Pertinent information missing from photostatted copies of December 1942 muster rolls for the POW/MIA detachment.

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