Richard E. McKinney

NAME
Richard Edward McKinney
NICKNAME
MCSN
196259
HOME OF RECORD
4973 Santa Monica Avenue, San Diego, CA
NEXT OF KIN
Wife, Mrs. Irene McKinney
DATE OF BIRTH
February 27, 1903
ENTERED SERVICE
August 14, 1924
DATE OF LOSS
November 15, 1942
REGION
Philippines
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Cabanatuan
CASUALTY TYPE
Died as POW
UNIT
A/1/4th Marines
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Gunnery Sergeant McKinney was captured in the fall of Corregidor and interned at one of the Cabanatuan prison camps located on the island of Luzon, Philippines. He was reported to have died of unknown causes on 9 July 1943.

When the Cabanatuan cemetery was exhumed after the war, a mass burial was discovered in Plot 7, Grave 721. The remains of ten individuals were found therein; all had died on or around 15 November 1942. One of the remains was thought to belong to Gunnery Sergeant McKinney, but unfortunately individual identification proved impossible.

McKinney is likely buried as an unknown in the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Prisoner of War Medal
LAST KNOWN RANK
Gunnery Sergeant*
STATUS OF REMAINS
Believed recovered; individual identification impossible.
Reburied as unknown.
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

* Note: Some sources list McKinney’s rank as technical sergeant. According to the muster rolls of A/1/4th Marines, McKinney was promoted to the rank of gunnery sergeant effective 14 April 1942.

Biography:
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Individuals Reported Buried in Grave 721, Cabanatuan.
NOTE: This table was compiled from x-files generated at Manila Mausoleum #2 between 1946-1950.
It is NOT a definitive list of burial locations.
Only one man reported buried in Grave 721 could be individually identified.

X-Number

Possible Name (1946)

Unit

Cause Of Death

Accounted For

Burial Location
(Manila)

X-0888

TSgt. William W. Bradner
(6036284)

28th Materials Sqdrn.

Dysentery

No

N, Row 7, Grave 187

X-0889

Pvt. Elmer P. Blonien
(36206285)

192nd Tank Bn. (A)

Abscess of spleen

No

A, Row 9, Grave 99

X-0890

GySgt. Richard McKinney
(196259)

4th Marines (A/1) Unknown No

N, Row 12, Grave 190

X-0891

Sgt. Marvin Newton
(6065154)

803rd Engineers Dysentery Yes

Arlington National Cemetery*

X-0892

Pvt. Leroy M. Slenker
(19004368)

75th Ordnance Depot Dysentery No

N, Row 14, Grave 97

X-0893 (?)

SSgt. Truman G. Causey
(6350976)

17th Bomb Sqdrn. Unknown No

Unknown**

X-0894

Cpl. Raymond N. Decloss
(20900700)

194th Tank Bn. (C) Scurvy, dysentery, pellagra No

N, Row 17, Grave 182

X-0895

PFC Joseph C. MacDonald
(19012604)

60th Coast Artillery

Dysentery

No

N, Row 9, Grave 187

X-0896

Sgt. Ernest R. Leggett
(6374760)

454th Ordnance Co. (Avn.)

Malaria, beriberi

No

N, Row 18, Grave 190

X-0897

Pvt. Peter Laniauskas
(6150019)

803rd Engineers

Gunshot wound

No

N, Row 15, Grave 202

* Sergeant Newton was associated with X-0891 in 1946; however, Newton was identified and X-0891 is still an unknown. Newton may have been X-0893.
** Files for X-0893 could not be found. Causey may be the still-unidentified X-0891.


Articles and Records:

POW/Missing Persons Detachment, HQMC, July 1943. This date of death would later change with the discovery of the mass grave.

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