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 ordered to Camp
Polk, Louisiana, instead of returning to
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 January 28th, the tank battalions
were given the job of protecting the
beaches. The 192nd was assigned
the coast line from Paden Point to Limay
along Bataan's east coast. The
Japanese later admitted that the tanks
guarding the beaches prevented them from
attempting landings. They also
took part in the Battle of the Pockets
and the Battle of the Points.
a scantly clad
since the men
were so hungry
that they most
for a good
Pfc. Lloyd J. Lobdell died at Cabanatuan POW Camp on Thursday, November 19, 1942, at 3:30 P.M. at the age of 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, but U.S. Army records indicate the cause of death as malaria.
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 ten unidentified POWs, in a grave
at the American Military Cemetery at
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 and his name was put
on the Tablets of the Missing at the cemetery.