Cpl. Edward Vivion Trisler
| Cpl. Edward
V. Trisler was the son of William H. Trisler &
Ella Trisler. He was born on September 15,
1921, and one the couple's six children. He was
raised on a farm and worked as a farmer outside of
Edward joined the Kentucky National Guard in Harrodsburg and was called to federal duty on November 25, 1940 as a member of D Company, 192nd Tank Battalion. He trained at Fort Knox, Kentucky and took part in maneuvers in Louisiana.
After the maneuvers, Edward learned that his
battalion was being sent overseas. He
received a leave home to say goodbye and then
returned to Camp Polk, Louisiana. Form
there, his company took a train to San
The morning of December 8, 1941, just ten hours
after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor,
Edward and the rest of his company were ordered
to the perimeter of Clark Airfield. Being
that their tanks could not fight planes, they
watched as the Japanese destroyed the American
Army Air Corps. For the next four months,
his company fought to slow Japan's conquest of
Edward became a Prisoner of War when Bataan was
surrendered to the Japanese on April 9,
1942. He took part in the death march from
Mariveles to San Fernando. There, he and
the other POWs were packed into boxcars and road
to Capas. From Capas, he walked the last
few miles to Camp O'Donnell.
According to U. S. Army records, Cpl. Edward V. Trisler was readmitted to the camp hospital on Monday, November 30th with dysentery and malaria. He died from these illnesses at Cabanatuan POW Camp on Wednesday, December 23, 1942, at approximately 8:00 PM. He was 22 years old. He was buried at the Cabanatuan Camp Cemetery in Plot 2, Row 16, Grave 2061.
After the war, the remains of Cpl. Edward V. Trisler were buried at the American Military Cemetery at Manila.
Note that his cross
indicates that he was a member of the 194th Tank
Battalion. Although D Company fought with
the 194th, the company never officially was
transferred to the battalion. This resulted in
some of the members of the company being buried
as members of the battalion while others were
buried as members of the 192nd Tank Battalion.