Breitling, George Thaddeus, CPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1945, 1542, POW/MIA
Service Years
1939 - 1945

Infantry

Captain


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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bell
Last Address
Massachusetts/Vermont

Casualty Date
Jun 09, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Misadventure
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Buried at Sea

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Battling Bastards of BataanWorld War II Fallen
  1942, Battling Bastards of Bataan
  1945, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
Philippine DivisionPOW/MIA
  1941-1942, 1542, Philippine Division
  1942-1945, 1542, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Bataan Death March
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military AcademyMassachusetts Institute of Technology
  1935-1939, United States Military Academy
  1937-1937, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Capt. George "Ted" Breitling graduated from West Point on 12 June 1939 as an Infantry officer.  His father was an Army officer and doctor from Vermont and Massachusetts area.

At one point while at the Academy, he was a student at M.I.T, 1937, in Course XVI.  Apparently, he was stationed at Fort Banks, WInthrop, Massachusetts.

In May 1940, he was in the B.O.Q at the Presidio, San Francisco.

He rose to the rank of 1st Lt on 9 September 1940, and to Captain on 28 January 1942 in the midst of the fighting in the P.I.

In the Philippines, he served as an officer of the Philippine Army 43rd Infantry Regiment (Philippine Scouts) and was engaged in the fighting against the Japanese forces during the invasion of the Philippines. 

Following the surrender in April, was one of the men who was on the forced Bataan Death March; and imprisoned in POW Camp # 1 at Cabanatuan, P.I.

In December 1945, he was aboard the Japanese transport ship, Oryoko Maru, which was attacked and sunk by U.S. Navy aircraft from the USS Hornet, killing many men. The survivors were put aboard other ships, including the Brazil Maru. He was killed on 9 January 1945 as a result of U.S. bombing at Takoa, Formosa.  The ship was enroute to the prison camp at Moji, Japan. His remains were disposed of at sea.

Note:  Also listed as passing on 20 January 1945.
   
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Links

http://www.history.army.mil/books/wwii/5-2/5-2_2.htm
http://www.philippine-scouts.org/the-scouts/ps-wall-of-heroes.html
http://philippine-defenders.lib.wv.us/pdf/scouts/heritage_of_valor_history_philippine_scouts.pdf

https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=fls&FLid=91628628&FLgrid=56759124

http://www.mansell.com/pow_resources/newspaper/newsfrompast-cruiseofdeath.html
http://www.west-point.org/family/japanese-pow/Rosters.htm
http://www.west-point.org/family/japanese-pow/Erickson_OM.htm
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