Meringolo, Ferdinand Frank, S1c

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Last Rank
Seaman First Class
Last Primary NEC
S1c-0000-Seaman 1st Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman First Class
Primary Unit
1942-1943, S1c-0000, Japan, Prisoner of War
Service Years
1940 - 1943
Seaman First Class

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Brooklyn, NY
Last Address
570 E 2nd St
Brooklyn, NY

Casualty Date
Jul 31, 1943
Hostile, Died while Captured
Intentional Homicide
World War II
Location of Interment
Long Island National Cemetery - Farmingdale, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
H 8196

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Last Known Activity

S1c Meringolo was captured at the Fall of the Philippines on May 6, 1942. Records report that he was held in POW Camps in the Philippines and Manchuria, China.  According to records, Meringolo and two U.S. Marines managed to escape from the POW Camp Hoten in Mukden, China, on June 21, 1943, and fled toward the Russian border.  They reportedly were helped by a Chinese fellow-worker who supplied them with a crude map.  The Chinese worker was subsequently sentenced to 5-years in prison for his part in the escape.  The trio was successful in traveling a reported 180 kilometers and evading recapture for eleven days until they were desperate for food and approached a Manchurian policeman seeking help claiming they were German airmen.  According to Japanese reports, the trio subsequently killed the policeman while leading him to an alleged crash site and following their recapture they were returned to Camp Hoten on July 6th.  Here they were tried before a military court and condemned to death.  The trio was executed by a firing squad at POW Camp Hoten on July 31, 1943.  Military officials reported that they were skeptical of the Japanese claims.
Following the war S1c Meringolo's body was disinterred and returned to the United States. His remains reached California on 11 February 1948.

Service number: 2339900

Prisoner of War Medal
Awarded for action during World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Seaman First Class
Division: Prisoner of War (Manchuria)
General Orders: NARA Database: Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 1947
Citation: Seaman First Class Ferdinand F. Meringolo (NSN: 2339900), United States Navy, was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 6 May 1942, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his death while still in captivity.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Canopus (AS-9)Prisoner of War
  1941-1941, S2c-0000, USS Louisville (CA-28)
  1941-1942, S1c-0000, USS Canopus (AS-9)
  1942-1943, S1c-0000, Japan, Prisoner of War
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of the Philippines
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Bataan
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Corrigedor
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  May 12, 1941, Promoted to S2c
  Feb 01, 1942, Promoted to S1c
  Jul 31, 1943, WWII Prisoner of War
  Aug 16, 1944, Japanese List Three Executed Yanks1
  May 06, 1948, US National Cemetery Interment Card1
  Dec 11, 2015, Letter from Catherine Quomo
  Jul 31, 2018, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
WWII Memorial National Registry
  2015, World War II Fallen
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2018, WWII Memorial National Registry
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