Forest V. Ebaugh

Date of Birth:  March 10, 1922


Place of Birth:  Stockdale, Kansas


Father and Mother’s Names:  Walter and Eva Ebaugh


Date Entered Service:  June 3, 1940 - at Fort Riley, Kansas.


Service Branch:   Navy


Service Number:  0-727213


Rank:  Seaman Second Class


Division/Company/Unit info:  Crew member of the U.S.S. Houston.


Riley Connection:  The Ebaugh family was from Stockdale, Kansas.


Date of Death (and Age):  September 14, 1943 (age 21)


Place of Death:  Burma (POW)


Grave Location:  Sunset Cemetery, Manhattan, Kansas.


Bio:  Forest and his brother Elmer served aboard the U.S.S. Houston. The Houston was attacked by the Japanese and sunk on Feb. 28, 1942. Elmer’s body was never found, and Forest survived the attack and was captured by the Japanese. He was a POW in a Japanese camp in Burma for nearly 18 mos. Forest’s POW records say he died of epilepsy, which likely means he had contracted malaria.




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