Pfc. Lloyd J. Lobdell
Pfc. Lloyd J. Lobdell was
born on November 23, 1918, in Elkhorn,
Wisconsin. He was the son of Lloyd F.
Lobdell & Ruth Amon-Lobdell and was raised on
a farm outside of Janesville, Wisconsin.
Later, he resided at 314 Glen Street in
Janesville. Lloyd was a 1938 graduate of
Janesville High School. In 1935, his
brother, Gerald, was born.
In October of 1940, Lloyd joined the Wisconsin National Guard's 32nd Tank Company from Janesville. His reason for doing so was that the company was being called to federal duty and he wanted to fulfill his military obligation before he was drafted into the regular army. The company was to serve for one year and then be released from federal duty.
In November of 1940, Lloyd went to Fort Knox,
Kentucky with his company which was now
designated as A Company of the 192nd Tank
Battalion. In the late summer of 1941,
Lloyd took part in maneuvers in Louisiana.
After the maneuvers, the battalion was gathered
on the side of a hill and informed by its
commanding officer that it was being sent
traveled by train to San
Francisco. By ferry, they
were taken to Ft. McDowell on
Angel Island. On the
island, they received
physicals. Those members
of the battalion who were found
to have treatable medical
conditions remained behind on
the island. They were
scheduled to join the battalion
at a later date.
On December 8, 1941, Lloyd lived through the Japanese attack on Clark Field. He took part in the withdrawal into the Bataan Peninsula and was wounded in action during a Japanese attack supported by airplanes in January of 1942.
Lloyd became a Prisoner Of War when the Filipino
and American forces were surrendered to the
Japanese on April 9, 1942. He did not take
part in the death march but was left behind at
Hospital #1 on Bataan. He was later sent
to Cabanatuan Camp #1 when the camp opened in
Pfc. Lloyd J. Lobdell died at Cabanatuan POW Camp on Thursday, November 19, 1942, at 3:30 P.M. When he died he was 22 years old. His parents were informed of his death in August 1943. According to the final report on the 192nd Tank Battalion - and a hospital roster kept in the camp - Lloyd Lobdell died of beriberi and edema. U.S. Army records indicate the cause of death as malaria.
Pfc. Lloyd J. Lobdell was buried in grave 717. After the war, Lloyd's remains were exhumed with the remains of twelve other POWs who died at Cabanatuan on the same day. Since the remains of only two POWs could be identified, the army reburied the remains of the fourteen POWs, who could not be identified, in individual graves at the American Military Cemetery at Manila. Pfc. Lloyd J. Lobdell lies in one of these graves marked "Unknown."
In December 1949. the army decided to end the work of identifying the remains of the ten POWs. Since his remains at the time could not be identified, he was buried as an "Unknown" at the cemetery, Pfc. Lloyd J. Lodell's name appears on the Tablets of the Missing at the cemetery.
In July 2014, JPAC announced that it was going to exhume the remains in the grave in an attempt to identify the remains of the men buried in it. The week of September 8th, the remains of the POWs were disinterred and a portion was sent to Hawaii for DNA testing. The army was able to get DNA from Lloyd's family.