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PFC John J. Eberling
D Company, Medical Detachment, 720th MP Battalion
, General Headquarters, Far East Command

Line Of Duty ~ 28 February 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

Archibald MacLeish
poet and WWI

There is no current contact information for the next of kin.

      The name, John J. Eberling, Private First Class, 720th MP Battalion, is listed on a memorial monument located at the Manila American National Cemetery, Philippines.

     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. Further research of his military service through other avenues identified his unit as D Company. John J. Eberling entered the U.S. Army on 1 June 1942 at Cleveland, Ohio. His family resided in South Euclid, Ohio.

     Awards incomplete: (based on available information and standards for era)  Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory MedalWorld War II Service Lapel Button  ("Ruptured Duck").

     Further research of his military service through the Department Of The Army, Human Resources Command revealed that PFC Eberling, age 33, died in British (Papua) New Guinea of "accidental drowning," and was buried on or about 29 February 1944 in grave #93 at the (temporary) U.S. Armed Forces Cemetery, Soputa #1B, New Guinea.

     On 22 March 1945 at 1000 hours the remains of PFC Eberling were disinterred and moved to grave #1374 at the (temporary) U.S. Armed Forces Cemetery, Finschhafen, #2, New Guinea. 

     On 24 May 1948 PFC Eberling's remains were again disinterred and held for transport for final internment on 20 June 1949, at Fort McKinley Cemetery (Manila American National Cemetery), Philippines.


John J. Eberling

DOB: 14 February 1911

Private First Class, U.S. Army

Service # 35308212

720th Military Police Battalion
Entered the Service from: Ohio
Died: 28-Feb-44
Buried at: Plot A Row 8 Grave 189
Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines


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