NAME
John Wesley Durham, Jr.
NICKNAME
MCSN
292394
HOME OF RECORD
814 Summit Avenue, West Plains, MO
NEXT OF KIN
Father, Mr. John W. Durham, Sr.
DATE OF BIRTH
~1921
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
January 17, 1940
DATE OF LOSS
May 6, 1942
REGION
Philippines
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Corregidor
CASUALTY TYPE
KIA
UNIT
HQ/4th Marines
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
PFC Durham participated in the defense of Corregidor. On the night of 5 May 1942, Japanese forces landed on the island and overwhelmed the Marine garrison, which surrendered at 1200 hours the following day.
Durham was initially believed to be captured and interred in a prison camp on Corregidor itself. In July 1943, however, he was determined to have been killed in action on 6 May 1942.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal*
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS
Not Recovered.
MEMORIALS
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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