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PFC Jopseph P. Waldron

Dog Company, 720th MP Battalion
General Headquarters, Far East Command

Killed In Action ~ 8 February 1945
Luzon Island, Philippines WW II

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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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          In January 1945 D Company, 720th MP Battalion was attached to the U.S. 6th Army for the landing on Luzon Island to liberate the Philippines. By February the company was serving subordinate to I Corps, 43rd Infantry Division at Rabon on the western side of the Island of Luzon. On 8 February, PFC Waldron, age 35, was killed in action from a gunshot wound to the abdomen while involved in ground operations against Imperial Japanese Army forces.

        PFC Waldrons body was buried later that day in a temporary military cemetery at Santa Barbara No-1. Several years later his remains were disinterred and transported for temporary internment at the Army Graves Registration Mausoleum, Manila American National Cemetery, Philippines.  In 1948 his body was finally sent home for final internment at the Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA.

Awards: Purple Heart Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, American Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, World War II Service Lapel Button  ("Ruptured Duck").

 

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