Alter, Jack Sample, T4G

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Last Rank
Technician 4th Grade
Primary Unit
1942-1942, POW Japan
Service Years
1940 - 1942
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Technician 4th Grade

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Casualty Info
Home Town
New Kensington
Last Address
Fort McDowell Military Reservation, Sausalito, California (1940)

Casualty Date
May 25, 1942
Hostile, Died while Captured
Intentional Homicide
World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot A Row 7 Grave 181

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Battling Bastards of BataanWorld War II Fallen
  1942, Battling Bastards of Bataan
  1942, World War II Fallen

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Section, Signal CorpsUS Air ForceFar East Air ForcesPrisoner Of War (POW)
  1940-1942, Aviation Section, Signal Corps
  1941-1942, 24th Pursuit Group, Interceptor
  1941-1942, Far East Air Forces
  1942-1942, POW Japan
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Bataan Death March
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-35 Seversky  P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  
  1941-1942, P-35 Seversky
  1941-1942, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Jack Alter enlisted in the Signal Corps of the AAC on 10 January 1940.  He had attended college for one year.

As a private, he was stationed at Fort McDowell Military Reservation, Quarry Point, Angel Island, near Sausalito/Tiburon, California in 1940 as part of a "Casual Army Detachment".

Jack Alter died while being held as a POW by the Japanese at Camp O'Donnel, Luzon, Philippines. 

He graduated from Parnassus High School, New Kensington, Pennsylvania in 1930 where he was editor of the school newspaper, treasurer of the French Club, played football and baseball. Acted as the lead in the school play (Adam's Apple), among other school activities.  His goal was to become an athetic coach.

In the Senior Class Annual, The Tatler of Parnassus High School for the class oration he wrote:

"We can not and indeed must not expect to receive reward and public praise for what we can do.  Our duty is to do the task at hand the best way we know how.  To serve is to follow in the footsteps of the Master whose whole life was spent in serving others."

In Col. John E. Olson, O'Donnell - Andersonville of the Pacific:  Extermination Camp of American Hostages in the Philippines, 1985, he is listed as a PFC serving with Hq. and Hq. Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group, V Interceptor Command. (Service number: 6889414).  Listed as having died on 25 May 1942 in Camp 504. If he indeed served with the 24th PG, he arrived in Luzon in October 1941.
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