Clyde Hinrichs

Date of Birth:  October 16, 1920


Place of Birth:  Topeka, KS.


Father and Mother’s Names:  Martin Anton Hinrichs and Adaline S.E. Appletrad


Date Entered Service:  September 27, 1940


Service Branch:  Army Air Corps


Rank/Specialty:  Private First Class


Service ID:  17000807


Division/Company/Unit info:  34th Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group.


Riley Connection:  Enumerated 1940, Center Township, Riley County, KS with his father and brother.  Studied at Kansas State University for two years before enlisting.


Date of Death (and Age):  Last known whereabouts April 26, 1942.


Place of Death:  Japanese Prisoner Of War Camp #4 near Tarlac, Luzon, Philipines.  Body was never recovered.


Grave Location:  Mixed findings state his body was never recovered, but American Battle Monuments Commision lists him as being burried at the American Cemetery in Manila, Philippines.


Bio:  Clyde I. Hinrichs was a Private First Class in the Army during World War II. Clyde resided in Riley County, Kansas before enlisting on September 27, 1940.  At the time of enlistment, Clyde was 20 years old, had 2 years of college education and was single, without dependents.  Two years later, Clyde was captured by Imperial Japan while serving in the Philippine Islands, and was sent to PW Camp #4 (Camp O'Donnell) near Tarlac, Luzon, Philippines where 2,160 other American POWs were held. Clyde's capture was first reported to the International Committee of the Red Cross on May 7, 1942, and the last report was made on May 26, 1942.  Based on these two reports, Clyde was imprisoned for at least 19 days, one of the shorter durations of captivity recorded, the average being 363 days.  Ultimately, Clyde died as a prisoner of war.



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