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Memorial

William Batchelor

William Charles Batchelor Jr.

Last Name:
BATCHELOR
First Name Middle Initial:
WILLIAM CHARLES
Nick Name:
Spider
Street:  P.O. Box 9 City & State: LaConner, WA E-Mail: 
Zip: 98257 Phone:  Spouse:
Conflict: WWII Service Branch:  Navy Unit:  USS Houston
Theater: Pacific Where Captured: JAVA Date Captured: 03//1/42
Camps Held In: Serang Jail, Changi, Bicycle Camp, Burma "Railroad Of Death." How Long Interned:  2 yrs.
Liberated / repatriated: Date Liberated: Died Age at Capture: 21
Medals Received: PRISONER OF WAR MEDAL, PURPLE HEART MEDAL, WORLD WAR II VICTORY MEDAL, PHILIPPINE DEFENSE MEDAL, PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION, ASIATIC PACIFIC CAMPAIGN MEDAL, AMERICAN DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL
Military Job: Navy, USS Houston Company: Died in Prison Camp
Occupation after War: 

 

Bio:

William Batchelor survived many things during the war including the sinking of the USS Houston (CA 30) in which 700 crew members died. He was captured in Java, while he worked he was beaten and starved by his Japanese captors until he died at the age of 23 in the 80 Kilo Camp in the mountains of Burma on the infamous "Death Railroad." Mr. Batchelor was a graduate of Fork Union Military Academy. He is interred at the Arlington National Cemetery.

 

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