William E. Pallesen

NAME
William Everett Pallesen
NICKNAME
MCSN
336074
HOME OF RECORD
Manila, UT
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Dora Pallesen
DATE OF BIRTH
March 25, 1917
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
December 28, 1941
DATE OF LOSS
October 16, 1942
REGION
Marshalls
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Kwajalein
CASUALTY TYPE
POW Execution
UNIT
B/2nd Raiders
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
PFC Pallesen, a member of the 2nd (Carlson’s) Raiders, participated in an amphibious raid on Makin Island in August, 1942. He was one of nine Raiders left behind when the battalion withdrew, and was captured by the Japanese.The nine prisoners were held at the 6th Base Force Headquarters on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands until 16 October 1942. Then, on the orders of Vice Admiral Kōsō Abe, they were beheaded and buried in a mass grave on the island.

Pallesen was declared dead on 19 August 1943.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS
Believed buried in mass grave, Kwajalein.
MEMORIALS
Manila Cemetery, Daggett County, UT
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

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