NAME
Donald Wayne Hill
NICKNAME
MCSN
299689
HOME OF RECORD
307 Elm Avenue, Elmhurst, IL
NEXT OF KIN
Parents, Clarence & Laura Hill
DATE OF BIRTH
August 5, 1923
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
October 18, 1940
DATE OF LOSS
April 8, 1942
REGION
Java
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Java POW Camps D. X. Y. (Batavia) Java 6-107
CASUALTY TYPE
POW / Died of Disease
UNIT
Marine Detachment,
USS Houston
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Private Hill was captured after his cruiser, the USS Houston, sank in the battle of Sunda Strait on 1 March 1942. He was one of hundreds of men imprisoned in an abandoned movie theater in Serang, Java.
Hill died of dysentery; some witnesses reportedhe simply lost the will to live and refused to eat.
He was declared dead by the Secretary of the Navy on 1 March 1943.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Prisoner of War Medal
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private
STATUS OF REMAINS
Not recovered.
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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