Dudley, William Alford, GySgt

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Gunnery Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0369-Infantry Unit Leader
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1945-Present, 0369, Missing In Action
Service Years
1931 - 1942
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Golden Dragon Certificate
Shellback Certificate

Gunnery Sergeant

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Order of the Golden Dragon Shellback China Marine

 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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Gunnery Sergeant William A. Dudley was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 6 May 1942. The Oryoku Maru left Manila on December 13, 1944, with 1,620 prisoners of war (including 1,556 American, 50 British and Dutch, 7 Czech, 4 Norwegians and several other nationalities) packed in the holds, and 1,900 Japanese civilians and military personnel in the cabins. She left Manila on 13 December 1944, and over the next two days was bombed and strafed by US planes. As she neared the naval base at Olongapo in Subic Bay, US Navy planes from the USS Hornet attacked the unmarked ship, causing it to sink on December 15. About 270 died aboard ship. Some died from suffocation or dehydration. Others were killed in the attack, drowned or were shot while escaping the ship at it sunk in Subic Bay where the 'Hell Ship Memorial' is located. The remaining prisoners were then transported by train to San Fernando, La Union. There, about 1,000 of the survivors were loaded on another Japanese ship, the Enoura Maru, while the rest boarded the smaller Brazil Maru. Both ships reached Takao (Kaohsiung) harbor in Taiwan on New Year's Day. On January 6, the smaller group of prisoners was transferred from Brazil Maru to Enoura Maru, and 37 British and Dutch were taken ashore. However, on January 9, the Enoura Maru was bombed and disabled while in harbor, killing about 350 men. The survivors were put aboard the Brazil Maru which arrived in Moji, Japan, on January 29, 1945. At the end of the war only 403 survivors of the original 1620 to be liberated from camps in Kyushu, Korea, Manchuria, and Taiwan in August and September 1945.

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Body Not Recovered
Prisoner of War Medal
Gunnery Sergeant William A. Dudley (MCSN: 230835), United States Marine Corps, was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 6 May 1942, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his death while still in captivity.
Action Date: May 6, 1942 - Died in Captivity
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Rifle Expert (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1931, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
 Unit Assignments
III MEF/1st Marine Brigade5th Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)4th Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (1/4)Prisoner of War
Missing In Action
  1931-1933, 0311, III MEF/1st Marine Brigade
  1934-1936, 0311, 1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)/C Co
  1936-1941, 0369, 1st Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (1/4)/B Co
  1941-1942, 0369, 1st Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (1/4)/D Co
  1942-1945, 0369, Prisoner of War - Japan
  1945-Present, 0369, Missing In Action
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
  1941-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Bataan1
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