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SGT Walter Scripp
Headquarters Company, 720th MP Battalion, General Headquarters, Far East Command

Line Of Duty ~ 12 November 1944 ~ New Guinea WWII

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They Say,
our deaths are not ours,
they are yours,
they will mean what
you make of them.

They say,
we leave you our deaths,
give them some
meaning.

Archibald MacLeish
poet and WWI
veteran.

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The name, Walter Scripp, Sergeant, Headquarters Detachment, 720th MP Battalion, was discovered while conducting an investigation into casualty records of PFC William D. Kain (line of duty casualty), C Company, 720th MP Battalion, 12 November 1944.

     During WWII when burials occurred in temporary field facilities the Graves Registration, Report Of Internment forms also listed the identification of casualties buried to the left and right of the decedent.

SGT Walter Scripp, Army Serial Number 35329135, HQ Company, 720th MP Battalion was listed as interned in grave #574 to the left of PFC Kain at the U.S. Armed Forces Cemetery (temporary) Finschhafen #1, British (Papua) New Guinea.

     Research of his personnel files at the National Archives in St. Louis, MO revealed all records of his service were destroyed in a fire on 12 July 1973.

Awards incomplete (based on available information and standards for era): Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, World War II Service Lapel Button  ("Ruptured Duck").

     Further research of his military service through the Department Of The Army, Human Resources Command revealed that SGT Scripp, age 38, of Toledo, Ohio, entered the service on 18 June 1942 and died in British (Papua) New Guinea of "severe atrophy of the liver" (cause unidentified). SGT Scripp was buried at 1300 hours on 13 November 1944 in grave #574 at the (temporary) U.S. Armed Forces Cemetery, Finschhafen, #1, New Guinea.

On 31 July 1947 the remains of SGT Scripp were disinterred and sent to the Fort McKinley Cemetery (Manila American National Cemetery), Philippines for burial.

     On 2 September 1948 the remains of SGT Scripp were again disinterred and transported to his mother, Mrs. Julia Kline, for final burial at the Calvary Cemetery, Toledo, Ohio.

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