WORLD WAR II POW/MIA
Palawan POWs Burned Alive
As a U.S. invasion force approached Mindoro Is.,
Phillippines, it passed Palawan Is..
The Japanese C.O. of the 131st Airfield
Construction Battalion on Palawan
prepared for the expected invasion by
burning 150 U.S. POWs to death.
The POWs had been used as slave laborers
since their capture in early 1942.
5 U.S. airmen bailed out over the Japanese
controlled island of Mili in the Marshall Islands.
The Japanese tortured and then decapitated them.
The Japanese commander of the island
wrote a note claiming responsibility for
the incident while denying that his issued
orders for it. He then committed suicide.
Twelve Japanese servicemen were sent to Majuro
where an investigation was conducted.