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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
1858 1
Pennsylvania 1
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Person:
Stephen A Kachmar 1
Level of Education: Post-graduate 1
Marital Status: Divorced, without dependents 1
Birth:
1858 1
Pennsylvania 1
Residence:
Place: Luzerne County, Pennsylvania 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
11 Aug 1939 1
Army Branch:
None 1
Army Component:
Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
06949515 1
Enlistment Term:
Three year enlistment 1
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Occupation:
Skilled occupations in production of rubber goods 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 0044 1
Film Reel Number: 1.37 1

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It is extremely doubtful that the Army would have allowed an 81 year old man to enlist!! Suggest that footnote check their records.

Prisoner of War

Shenyang, Liaoning, China

Private Stephen A. Kachmar joined the Army at Barnesboro, Pennyslvania and was assigned to the Coastal  Artillery Corps, 60th Coastal Artillery, D Company, in the Mine Planter Service.   He was taken as a POW by the Japanese, during or soon after their capture of the Philippines during World War II.  He was held aboard the Japanese "Hell Ship" Totorri Maru as it sailed for Pusan, Korea from the Philippines, and arrived during 1942 at the Mukden Prisoner of War Camp, in northeastern China near the present day city of Shenyang, China, where he died from diarrhea and pellagra on 22 January, 1943.

Stephen was born 2 August 1914 in Pennyslvania, of Slovakian heritage.  His father, Michael Kachmar and his mother Mary, were both native to Czechoslavakia, and Michael was a coal miner.

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