McMakin, Benjamin Lee, Maj

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0302-Infantry Officer
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1945-Present, 0302, MIA - WWII
Service Years
1935 - 1945
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Golden Dragon Certificate
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Order of the Golden Dragon Shellback

 Military Association Memberships
American Defenders of Bataan & CorregidorWorld War II Fallen
  1942, American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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Last Known Activity
Maj Benjamin Lee McMakin was held as a POW in the Philippine Islands. In December 1944, he was boarded onto the Oryoku Maru for transport to Japan. The ship sailed on December 13th and came under attack from American planes on December 14th. As evening approached, the attack was called off. The next day the planes returned and continued the attack. When the pilots saw the large number of men climbing from the shipâ??s holds, they realized the ship was carrying POWs and called off the attack. After the POWs were off the ship, the attack resumed and the ship was sunk by American planes at Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, on December 15, 1944. The surviving POWs were boarded onto the Enoura Maru which sailed on December 27th and reached Takao, Formosa, by the New Year. While docked it was bombed by American planes on January 9, 1945, killing many of the POWs. The surviving POWs were boarded onto the Brazil Maru which sailed on January 13th. Maj Benjamin Lee McMakin died on the ship before it reached Japan on January 29, 1945. His body was thrown into the sea.

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Rifle Sharpshooter (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Marine BarracksMARDET (Afloat)6th Marine Regiment2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4), 4th Marine Regiment
Prisoner of WarMissing In Action
  1935-1936, Marine Barracks Philadelphia, PA
  1936-1936, MarDet USS Utah (AG-16)
  1937-1937, MARDET USS West Virginia (BB-48)
  1938-1940, 6th Marine Regiment
  1940-1940, Marine Barracks Guam
  1940-1941, 0302, H Co, 2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4)
  1941-1942, 0302, H&SCo, 2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4)
  1942-1945, 0302, Prisoner of War
  1945-Present, 0302, MIA - WWII
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
  1941-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
 Colleges Attended
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  1931-1935, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University1
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