Walter J. Theise

NAME
Walter John Theise
NICKNAME
SERVICE NUMBER
297170
HOME OF RECORD
2441 South Amherst Street, West Los Angeles, CA
NEXT OF KIN
Father, Mr. Albert L. Theise
DATE OF BIRTH
~1911
ENTERED SERVICE
September 23, 1940
DATE OF LOSS
December 19, 1941
REGION
Philippines
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Sangley Point
CASUALTY TYPE
KIA
UNIT
A/1st Separate Marine Bn.
DUTY
Cook
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On 19 January 1941, Japanese bombers launched a raid against Allied positions at the Cañacao High Power Radio Station at Sangley Point, Philippine Islands. Five members of the 1st Separate Marine Battalion were killed in the attack.One of these men was Assistant Cook Walter Theise, who may have been working in a field kitchen alongside his boss, Chief Cook Milton T. Larios.* He was identified and buried in a nearby cemetery – either at Cañaco itself, or at Fort McKinley in Manila. The exact site is not known, and his remains were not recovered after the war.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Assistant Cook
STATUS OF REMAINS
“Remains buried in Canacao Cemetery, Canacao, PI”
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

* Note: Larios was recovered after the war, and is buried in Manila American Cemetery, Block N, Row 8, Grave 48.

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