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
and was a 1938 graduate of Janesville High
School. In 1935, his brother, Gerald, was
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, 192nd Tank Battalion.
What specific training he received is not
known. 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 overseas.
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.
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