Pvt. Frederick George Schweinsberg
Pvt. Frederick G. Schweinsberg was born in Forest Park, Illinois, on August 5, 1918, to Alfred Schweinsberg and Louise Lipke-Schweinsberg. With his brother and two sisters, he lived at 443 Marengo Avenue in Forest Park and attended Grant-White Elementary School and Proviso Township High School. Frederick worked as a salesman for the A. B. Schweinsberg Real Estate Company, which was his family's business.
Frederick joined the Illinois National Guard,
and in November 1940, he entered the regular
army when the Maywood Tank Company was called
into federal service as B Company, 192nd Tank
Battalion. The tank company left Maywood,
on November 28th, and trained at Fort Knox,
Kentucky. It is not known what his
specific job was with the company.
After the maneuvers, the 192nd was ordered to Camp Polk, Louisiana, instead of returning to Ft. Knox. On a hillside, the entire battalion was informed that their tour of duty had been extended from one to six years. Men who were married or over 29 years old, or older, were released from military service. Most of the remaining men were given leaves to return home and take care of any unfinished business and say their goodbyes.
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At one point, the POWs were given a rest to be fed. When rain began to fall, the Japanese canceled the meal and forced the prisoners to march again. It is not known when if the POWs were fed. It was at Cabcaben that Pvt. Frederick Schweinsberg died on the Death March on April 12, 1942. He was 23 years old. The Japanese allowed the other members of his company to bury at the cemetery there. In the pocket of his shirt, they placed a picture of him.
It should be noted that, after the war, a U.S. Remains Recovery Team recovered the remains of a private, from B Company, at the cemetery at Cabcaben on September 22, 1948. The POW's remains were identified as X-835 They were renumbered as X-4691. Since only one member of B Company died at Cabcaben, the recovered remains should have been those of Pvt. Frederick G. Schweinsberg. Although the recovery team found the picture with the remains, they believed they could not positively identify the remains, so the remains were reburied at the new American Military Cemetery at Manila as an "Unknown," in Plot 2, Row 12, Grave 2401.
Since his remains were not
positively identified, Pvt. Frederick G.
Schweinsberg's name appears on the Tablets of
the Missing at the American Military Cemetery at