ORRAL LEROY WHITEHEAD (1916 - 1942)
Died at the POW Camp Cabanatuan June 28th 1942.
Whitehead, Orral L., Cpl
7th Matl Sqdn, 5th Air Base Gp.
While the Japanese official cause of death was listed as dysentery, one of the survivors of the Cabanatuan traveled to Kemmerer, Wyoming and visited my Grandmother Dorothy Whitehead Ulrich and my Father Carl--Orral's younger half-brother, in 1946 and told her he was of friend of Orral's and had promised Orral that he would say goodbye to his Mother and relate that he had been " ...used for bayonet practice by the Japanese, then with the butts of rifles his gold tooth extracted...
I'll send on some photos and ask my Father if Uncle Leroy had a favorite song. Your kindness is very touching.
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