Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 05:30:59 :
Thursday, March 8, 1945
Former Prisoner Listed as Dead
News that Pfc. Donald Westlund, of Novato, who has been a prisoner of war since the fall of Wake Island, has been listed by the Japanese as among the American prisoners killed when the prison ship which sailed from Davao, Mindanao, on August 24, 1944, was sunk with 700 Allied prisoners aboard.
The War Department message to Westlund’s mother, Mrs. Mary Westlund, of Novato, stated that her son must be listed as deceased.
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