Gonsolin

 

1st Lt. Edward M. Gonsolin Jr.


Born:  13 April 1909 - Stuntz, Minnesota

Mother: Edward M. Gonsolin Sr. & Ida Gonsolin

Siblings: 1 sister

Hometown: Stuntz, Minnesota

Education: University of Minnesota - Class of 1933

Residence: 1940 - living at the Y.M.C.A. in Kelly Lake, Minnesota

Occupation: swimming director Y.M.C.A.

Married: Ruth M. Nelson - 13 April 1941

Enlisted: Unknown

Training: 

    - Fort Lewis, Washington

Unit: 

    - 194th Tank Battalion

Overseas Duty: 

    - Philippine Islands

Engagements: 

    - Battle of Luzon

        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942 

    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942
            may have been promoted to captain

Prisoner of War: 

    9 April 1942

        - Death March

           - started march at Mariveles on southern tip of Bataan
           - POWs ran past Japanese artillery firing at Corregidor
           - San Fernando - POWs put into small wooden boxcars
               - 100 POWs packed into each boxcar
                   - those who died remain standing
           - Capas - living left cars - dead fell out of boxcars
           - POWs walked last ten miles to Camp O'Donnell
 

POW Camps:

    - Philippines:

        - Camp O'Donnell

            - unfinished Filipino training base
            - Japanese put camp into use as POW Camp
            - only one water spigot for entire camp
            - as many as 50 POWs died each day
            - Japanese opened new POW camp to lower death rate
 
  
 

        - Cabanatuan

Died:

    - Sunday - 20 December 1942 - beriberi
        - Approximate time of death: 8:00 A.M.

Buried:

    - Cabanatuan Camp Cemetery

Reburied:

    - American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands 

        - Plot:  D   Row:  16   Grave:  80 


 

 

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