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Gonsolin, 1st Lt. Edward M. 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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