John Wesley Durham, Jr.
|HOME OF RECORD
814 Summit Avenue, West Plains, MO
|NEXT OF KIN
Father, Mr. John W. Durham, Sr.
|DATE OF BIRTH
January 17, 1940
|DATE OF LOSS
May 6, 1942
|CAMPAIGN / AREA
|CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
PFC John Durham participated in the defense of Corregidor as a member of Headquarters Company, 4th Marines.
On the night of 5-6 May 1942, Japanese forces landed on the island and overwhelmed the Marine garrison, which surrendered at 1200 hours the following day. PFC Durham was among those killed in the attack. His body was seen after the battle, but his burial site was not reported and his remains have not been recovered.
Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal*
|LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
|STATUS OF REMAINS
Manila American Cemetery
* Note: The NARA POW database has the last report concerning Durham on April 12, 1945.
Durham is occasionally listed as a casualty of the Arisan Maru sinking on 24 October 1944; however he is absent from the authoritative Bill Bowen list. Evidence points to his death in combat on 6 May 1942, or in captivity very shortly thereafter.
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