Moffett, Albert William, Capt

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0302-Infantry Officer
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1944-Present, 0302, MIA - WWII
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1939 - 1944
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Order of the Golden Dragon Shellback China Marine

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American Defenders of Bataan & CorregidorWorld War II Fallen
  1942, American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor
  1944, World War II Fallen

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On December 14, 1944 more than 1600 American POWs left the Philippines bound for Japan on a hellship called the Oryoku Maru. Later that day aircraft from the USS Hornet found the ship in Olongapo Bay near Subic and strafed and bombed it  but did not sink it. The following day they returned and sank the crippled ship, with the loss of more than 300 POW lives. Following the bombing of the Oryoku Maru, those POWs who survived were re-assembled at San Fernando La Union, PI and put aboard two more hellships to continue their journey to Japan. About 1,040 men were forced into one hold of the Enoura Maru and the remaining 240 men went on the Brazil Maru. The Enoura Maru had previously been used to transport horses and the hold was filthy with manure. On its last trip the Brazil Maru had carried coal. Neither hold was cleaned out before the POWs were forced down into them. Some of the POWs were so hungry that they ate grain that had been dropped by the horses when they were feeding, and which was now mixed in with the manure. The Enoura and Brazil Marus left the Philippines on December 27, 1944 and headed north. All of the POWs on the Enoura Maru were crammed into the second hold aft of the bow. The POWs suffered terribly from hunger, thirst and the filth that pervaded the holds of the two hellships. Diseases broke out and many of the men were violently ill. On December 31, New Year's Eve, they reached Takao ( Kaohsiung ), Formosa.  Capt Albert Moffett died while a POW on the Brazil Maru.

MOFFETT, Albert W, Captain, O-006177, USMC, from Kentucky, Manila American Cemetery + MOFFETT, Albert W, CAPT, O-006177, USMC, from Kentucky, Brazil Maru (POW ship), location Formosa, date of loss January 21, 1945 + MOFFETT, Albert William, 6177, POW&MPDet, HQUSMC, Washington DC, POW-killed in action + MOFFETT, Albert William, 1st Lt., USMC. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard P. Moffett, 113 Desha Rd., Lexington, Ky

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The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Albert William Moffett (MCSN: 0-6177), United States Marine Corps, for gallantry in action while serving with Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, on 13 April 1942 following a heavy Japanese artillery barrage upon Battery James, Fort Mills, Corregidor, Philippine Islands. When personnel of the battery were trapped as they sought shelter in nearby tunnels, he readily volunteered, although the position was under close enemy observation and steady fire, to rescue his comrades. Disregarding the imminent danger of collapsing walls and roofs, Lieutenant Moffett heroically entered the tunnels, assisted in extricating trapped soldiers, and gave first aid to the wounded.
Action Date: April 13, 1942
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Marine Barracks2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4), 4th Marine RegimentPrisoner of WarMissing In Action
  1939-1940, 0301, Marine Barracks Navy Yard, League Island, PA
  1940-1941, 0301, H Co, 2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4)
  1941-1942, 0302, H&SCo, 2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4)
  1942-1944, 0302, Prisoner of War - Japan
  1944-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)
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University of Kentucky
  1935-1939, University of Kentucky
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