Subject: Palawan Roster

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2003 11:15 AM

Here is the Palawan roster that I have compiled.  There are many rosters around.  I have compiled all that I can find and cross-checked all of them with information from the National Archives.  There are still some unknowns - I think that some will always be unknown.  Feel free to share this with anyone interested.  It would appear that we can take Herbert Baker off the unknown list.  There is strong evidence that he was one of the victims.  Thanks.  Let me know what else I can do.

Lorna Nielsen Murray,

Note: Names of the eleven survivors of the Palawan Massacre were provided by Lorna Nielsen Murray on May 24, 2006.  They are:

Balchus, William J. - I Btry, 60th CA Regt. (AA)

Barta, Fern Joseph - U.S. Navy

Bogue, Douglas W. - A Co, 1st Bn, 4th Marine Regt.

Daniels, Tommy T. "Pops" - Army Air Corps

Deal, Elmo V. - A Btry, 59th CA Regt.

Koblos, Ernest J. - C Btry, 59th CA Regt.

Mc Dole, Glen - M Co, 1st Bn, 4th Marine Regt.

Nielsen, Eugene - B Btry, 59th CA Regt.

Pacheco, Alberto D. - Hq. Btry, 200th CA Regt (AA)

Petry, Edwin A. - 7th Matl. Sqdn, 19th Bomb. Gp. (H)

Smith, Rufus W. "Smitty" - L Co, 3rd Bn, 4th Marine Regt.



This list is the culmination to date of exhaustive research done with documents from the National Archives.  It appears that a final resolution of all victims was never made.  The survivors of the massacre provided invaluable information to the fullest extent possible.  It is known that Japanese captors murdered 139 prisoners of war on Dec. 14, 1944 in the city of Puerta Princessa on the island of Palawan.

The first list is the name, rank (where possible), branch of service, and hometown (where possible) of 133 victims.  The documentary evidence for these men is overwhelming.  The second list of eight men are those where the evidence is contradictory.  As late as 1952, attempts were being made to account for all the victims.


ADAMS, Jewett Franklin; T/Sgt.; USMC; Canton, Georgia

ADKINS, Robert Arthur;  Cpl.; USMC; Enterprise, Oregon

ANDERSON, Robert Sterling;  Pvt.; Army; Harper, Washington

ARAUJO, Henry H.;  Sgt.; Army; Denver, Colorado

ARISPE, Heraclio;  Pfc.; Army; Corpus Christi, Texas

BAILEY, Homer R.;  Pfc.; Army; Ardmore, Oklahoma

BANCROFT, Everett Richard; Pfc.; Army; Canon City, Colorado

BARNES, Carl Ellis; WT 2c; Navy; Bakersfield, California

BARNES, Darrell Leroy; AOM 3c; Navy; Bayonne, New Jersey

BARTLE, Charles Warren; Sgt.; Army; Coffeyville, Kansas

BEASON, Benjamin Franklin; T/Sgt.; Army; Canyon, Texas

BLACKBURN, Wilbur Burdett; TM 2c; Navy; Wichita, Kansas

BOUCHEY, Mason J.; Pvt.; Army; Saginaw, Michigan

BROWN, William Theodore; Pfc.; Army; Antioch, California

BRUNI Fred Tobias; Capt.: Army; Janesville, Wisconsin

BUCHANAN, Vernon Edward; MM 3c; Navy; Turner, Kansas

BURNETT, Douglas; Cpl.; Army; LeGrande, Oregon

CALDWELL, Sammy Lee; Pfc.; USMC; San Angelo, Texas

CARTER, Casey; Pvt.; Army; Paris, Texas

CHILDERS, Roy R.; Pvt.; Army; New Berlin, Illinois

CHOATE, James Louis; Pvt.; Army; Madisonville, Kentucky

COOK, Harry; Aerog 1c; Navy; Detroit, Michigan

CRANDELL, Earl Jesse; Pvt.; Army; Scipio, Oklahoma

CRAVENS, William Thomas; Pvt.; Army; Port Royal, Kentucky

CULLINS, Franklin Ashley; Pvt.; Army; Black Oak, Arkansas

CZAJKOWSKI, John; Pfc.; Army; Nichols, Wisconsin

DIAZ, John F.: Pfc.; Army; Osage, Iowa

DUTTON, Glen Albert; Pfc.; Army; Reno, Nevada

ELIX, Clayton Emmett; Pfc.; Army; Pueblo, Colorado

EVANS, Erving August; Cpl.; Army; Huron, South Dakota

EYRE, George Robert; Pfc.; Army; Marion, Ohio

FLETCHER, Houston Everett; Pfc.; Army; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

FRYAR, William Ferson; Pfc.; USMC; Apollo, Pennsylvania

GEE, Jessie Roy; Cpl.; Army; Yuba City, California

GIUFFREDA, Mike Paul; Pvt.; Army; San Jose, California

GILLESPIE, Bill Edmond; S1c; Navy; Dallas, Texas

GLACKEN, Joseph Charles, Jr.; Pfc.; USMC; St. Louis, Missouri

GLOVER, Sammy; Pfc.; Army; Daisetta, Texas

GOODYKOONTZ, Richard Eugene; Pvt.; Army; Marion, Indiana

GRAHNERT, James Dewey; Cpl.; USMC; Vancouver, Washington or Rapid City, South Dakota

HALE, Waldo Stedem; S1c; Navy; Saybrook, Illinois

HAMMOCK, William Lester, Jr.; Sgt.; USMC; Boyle, Mississippi

HAMRIC, Dane Hampton; Cpl.; Army; Widen, West Virginia

HANSEN, Kenneth Russell; Pfc.; USMC; Morro Bay, California

HARBIN, Lenton Roger; S/Sgt.; Army; West Palm Beach, Florida

HARRIS, John Solomon; TM2c; Navy; Monticello, Georgia

HAWKINS, Douglas Forrest; Pvt.; Army; Coeburn, Virginia

HENDERSON, Clifford Marlin; Pfc.; USMC; Levi, West Virginia

HENDERSON, Joseph Patrick; Pvt.; Army; Los Angeles, California

HICKS, Roy Joseph; S/Sgt.; Army; Crestview, Florida

HINCKLE, Miner Columbus; Pvt.; Army; Ada, Oklahoma

HUBBARD, Hugh Boyd; Pvt.; Army; Yarnell, Arizona

HUBBARD, Robert Lee; brothers Cpl.; Army; Yarnell, Arizona

    Note: The previous two men are brothers.

HUGHES, John F., Jr.; PlSgt.; USMC; Waynesboro, Virginia

HUSTON, Tom Virgil; Pvt.; Army; Modesto, California

HUTCHINSON, Fred Wallace; Pfc.; Army; Los Angeles, California

JACOBSON, Charles Donald; Pfc.; Army; Denver, Colorado

JOHNSON, Aubrey Peyton; Pfc.; USMC; Winnsboro, Louisiana

JOYNER, Earl Esell; Pfc.; USMC; Goshen Springs, Mississippi

KAZLAUSKAS, Joseph Richard; Pvt.; Army; Lowell, Massachusetts

KERNES, Richard Wilfred; Pfc.; USMC; Woodward, Iowa

KING, Harold Wayne; Pvt.; Army; Great Bend, Kansas

KNIGHT, Henry Carlisle; Lt. Cdr.; Navy; Portland, Oregon (?)

KOERNER, Richard Aloysis; S/Sgt.; Army; Ellis, Kansas

KOZUCH, Stephen Thaddeus; Pfc.; USMC; Chicago, Illinois

LAMOUNTAIN, Arthur Lawrence; S1c; Navy; Mineral Falls, Massachusetts

LAMPSHIRE, Leo Nick; Sgt.; Army; Lansdown, Pennsylvania

LEWIS, Kenneth Leaman; Pfc.; Army; Taunton, Massachusetts

LINDSAY, Forest Edison; Pfc.; Army; Vale, North Carolina

LINDSEY, Kenneth Clyde; Pfc.; USMC; Gillette, Wyoming

LYONS, John Aloysis; Pvt.; Army; Staples, Minnesota

MCANANY, Richard Emmett;Tech.4; Army; Conemaugh, Pennsylvania

MCELVEEN, William Muton; Pvt.; Army; New Orleans, Louisiana

MCNALLY, Theodore; CMM(AA); Navy; Kansas City, Missouri

MANGO, Carl Louis; 1st Lt. (MD); Army; Erie, Pennsylvania

MANZI, George Vincente; S/Sgt.; Army; Bridgeport, Connecticut

MARTYN, Donald Joseph; Pfc.; USMC; New York, New York

MASCARENAS, Jose E.T.; Pvt.; Army; Penasco, Taos, New Mexico

MILLION, Joe Baxter; S/Sgt.; Army; Harrodsburg, Kentucky

MOFFATT, Fred Vincent; Pvt.; Army; Moline, Illinois

MOORE, Roger Garland; Sgt.; Army; Monroe, Louisiana

MORRIS, E.C.; Pfc.; USMC; Jacksboro, Texas

MORRIS, Orland Otis; Cpl.; USMC; Boise, Idaho

NEWELL, Frank Robert; Pvt.; Army; North Tonawanda, New York

NOEL, Harry; Pvt.; Army; Chicago, Illinois

NOVAK, Ernest Julian; Pvt.; Army; Watsonville, California

OTERO, Trinidad Fidel; Pvt.; Army; Wilard, New Mexico

PITTS, James A.; Pfc.; Army; Winter Garden, Florida

PRICE, Dillard; Pfc.; USMC; Magnolia, Arkansas

RANKIN, Homer Franklin; Cpl.; Army; Freeport, Kansas

RAY, Daniel Woodrow; Pfc.; USMC; Travis County, Texas

RECTOR, Vernon William; Pfc.; Army; Phoenix, Arizona

RIGAS, Peter Tom (born in Greece); Pfc.; USMC; Chicago, Illinois

RHOADES, Arthur Wayne; Pvt.; Army; Fort Wayne, Indiana

ROE, James Howard; S1c; Navy; Strand, Oklahoma

RUDD, James Rollie; Pvt.; Army; Cutuno, Kentucky

SAIZ, Santiago Sannedra; Pvt.; Army; Peralta, New Mexico

SANCHEZ, John; Pfc.; Army; Kansas City, Missouri

SCALLY, Henry Fredrick; 1/Sgt.; Army; Silver City, New Mexico

SCHUBERT, Charles Augustus; T/Sgt.; Army; Albuquerque, New Mexico

SCHULTZ, Edward Joseph; Cpl.; USMC; Brighton, Wisconsin

SEAGRAVES, Raymond Lewis; Pfc.; USMC; Little Elm. Texas

SIERRA, Gabriel Jr.; Pvt.; Army; Randsburg, California

SIMPSON, Jesse Herschel; Pfc.; USMC; Dunning, Nebraska

SIRFUS, Charlie; Pfc.; Army; Des Moines, Iowa

SKAGGS, Owen Neil; Pfc.; USMC; Holdenville, Oklahoma

SKIDMORE, George McClelland; Pfc.; USMC; Pennington Gap, Virginia

SMITH, Charles Carlyle; SM2c; Navy; Guntersville, Alabama

SMITH, Julio Forest; MM2c; Navy; Indianapolis, Indiana

SMITH, Kenneth Otto; Pfc.; Army; Hoisington, Kansas

SPINDLER, Carrol Frank; Sgt.; Army; Edwardsville, Illinois

STANLEY, Dervert Eugene; Pvt.; Army; Dallas, Texas

STANLEY, John Marvin; Pvt.; Army; Lakeview, Texas

STEVENSON, Robert Louis; Pvt.; Army; Muskegon, Michigan

STIDHAM, James Houston; Sgt.; Army; Hardshell, Kentucky

STREET, Charles Hiram; Cpl.; Army; Santa Cruz, California

STUTTS, Harding Elwood; Pfc.; Army; Pinetta, Florida

SWEANY, Leslie Irwin; Pfc.; Army; Hamilton, Missouri

SWINNEY, Homer Everett; Pfc.; Army; Hawk Point, Missouri

TEEL, Glen Eugene; Pfc.; Army; Columbus Junction, Iowa

TERRY, Jolly E.; Pvt.; Army; Cache, Oklahoma

THOMAS, Delbert Raymond; Pfc.; Army; Wellington, Kansas

TURNER, Glenn C.; WO/JG; Navy; San Antonio, Texas

UBALLE, Joseph John; S/Sgt.; Army; Boone, Iowa

VITATOE, Ted Edgar; Pvt.; Army; Rockwood, Tennessee

WADDELL, George McClelland; Pfc.; USMC; Versailles, Missouri

WALKER, Carl M.; S/Sgt.; Army; Elizabeth City, North Carolina

WALKER, George Murray; Cpl.; USMC; Columbia, South Carolina

WARREN, John Otis; Pfc.; USMC; Dekalb, Mississippi

WHITECOTTON, Horace; Pvt.; Army; Mesa, Arizona

WILLIAMS, John Grant; Pfc.; USMC; Eldorado, Kansas

WILLIAMS, Maurice Scott, Jr.; Sgt.; USMC; Omaha, Nebraska

YEAST, Willard Rue; Pvt.; Army; Harrodsburg, Kentucky


This list of eight men is those whose documentary evidence is in some degree of doubt.  Anyone who can lend further information about any of these men, please contact Lorna Nielsen Murray via E-mail:

ARNOLDY, Arthur Anton; Cpl.; USMC; Tipton, Kansas

    This man's serial number belonged to BAKER, Herbert.  Baker's next of kin notified.

BAKER, Herbert; Army

    No death certificate was issued to my knowledge but his name does appear on the headstone of the mass grave in St. Louis MO.

BAKER, John L.; Army

    A death certificate was found with the others, but a list from 1952 states that he was evacuated to the U. S. 12 Sept. 1945, then killed in an auto accident 3 Dec. 1945.

MULLINS, Levi D. Jr.; Army

    This man appears on many lists but a letter written in 1948 states that he was returned to military control.

RAY (or REA), Harry Francis; Army

    Same as Mullins

SHALLEY (SEALLEY?), Charles Earl; Army

    This man appears on every list but there is no death certificate and his name is not on the headstone. (Many names are not on the headstone because some of the families requested remains to be interred in family burial plots.)

SNYDER, Cecil J.; Army

    I have not found a death certificate but his name is on the headstone and some of the lists.

SNYDER, Robert Q.; Army

    Same as Mullins


    There is some evidence that this is a nickname for one of the other Williams that is on the first list.