Ben Douglas Gatliff enlisted on June 30, 1941, in Fort Oglethorpe, GA
Parents: G. C. Gatliff and Katherine Gatliff
Siblings: Gloria Gatliff and David Gatliff

POW in the Philippines
Served in the Phillippines, December 1941. Captured on Corregidor. Walked the Bataan death march. Killed by friendly fire, 1944 while being transported to Japan on a Japanese ship, sunk by U.S. Navy Aircraft.
U.S. Army Air Forces, 454th Ordnance Company, Aviation
Memorialized at Manila American Cemetery in Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines

Pvt Gatliff was one of 750 Prisoners of War that were loaded onto the unmarked Japanese Hellship Shinyo Maru; they had been used as slave labor, working on the Lasang Airfield on Mindanao. The ship was torpedoed by the USS Paddle on the 7th of September 1944, Northwest of Mindanao. Only 82 POW’s survived.

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of birth:
  • 21 June 1918
  • Date of death: 7 September 1944
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 454th Ordnance Company, Aviation
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Top Panel
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