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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
1916 1
Death:
24 Oct 1944 2
Bashi Straights, South China Sea 2
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Person:
Gerald C Slonecker 1
Level of Education: Grammar school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
1916 1
Death:
24 Oct 1944 2
Bashi Straights, South China Sea 2
Cause: Aboard Arisan Maru Sunk by US Sub 2
Residence:
Place: Canyon County, Idaho 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
18 Sep 1940 1
Army Branch:
Coast Artillery Corps 1
Army Component:
Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
19014769 1
Enlistment Place:
Vancouver Barracks Washington 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the Philippine Department 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 0300 1
Film Reel Number: 3.22 1

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Gerald was a POW and aboard the "Hell Ship" Arisan Maru when it was sunk by the U.S.S. Snook in the South China Sea. The American Legion Post 126 in Melba, Idaho is co-named in his honor.

Gerald would have been my great uncle.  My grandmother Ila always refered to him as "Whitey."  When she passed away, she left his Purple Heart to me.  My grandfather explained she left it to me because I am a veteran (Navy - 9 years) and she trusted that I would preseve it and keep it in the family.  I also have a newspaper clipping listing him along with others who were KIA from Canyon County during the war.   Lastly, I have  an Army Philippine Department patch and a Pacific Command patch that I assume he must have sent home at some point prior to his death. 

I never knew "Whitey" but my father was his very good friend when they were young in Melba.  I have a picture on both of them wearing overhalls and looking like they were out for a good time.  It was taken in 1938 ish.  My dad often spoke of him and it was not until my mother was living with us did I know his real name and what happen to him.  My mother often said that she was so young when I was born that if it hadn't been for His mother helping her I probably wouldn't of made it.  I will remember him and his family as they were with out a doubt very important to my parents.  

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