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Hamric Dane Hampton

Dane Hampton Hamric
Serial Number:
60th Coast Artillery Regiment
Date of Death:
West Virginia
Manila American Cemetery, Philippines
Walls of the Missing
Purple Heart

Dane Hampton Hamric was born on December 14, 1920 in Braxton County, West Virginia. He was the son of Allen Corley Hamric and Mabel Goldie Craft Hamric. Dane served in Battery A, 60th Coast Artillery Regiment (AntiAircraft), Coast Artillery Corps as a Corporal during World War II. An American prisoner of war, he was one of the Japanese massacre victims in Puerto Princesa, Palawan Philippines. In order to prevent the rescue of prisoners of war by the advancing Allies, on 14 December 1944, units of the Japanese Fourteenth Area Army (under the command of General Tomoyuki Yamashita) brought the POWs back to their own camp. An air raid warning was sounded to get the prisoners into the shelter trenches, the 150 prisoners of war at Puerto Princesa entered those trenches, and the Japanese soldiers set them on fire using barrels of gasoline. Prisoners who tried to escape the flames were shot down by machine gun fire. Others attempted to escape by climbing over a cliff that ran along one side of the trenches, but were later hunted down and killed. Only 11 men escaped the slaughter; 139 were killed. Those that did escape to southern Palawan, and eventual rescue, were aided by Filipino scouts and guerrillas under the command of Nazario Mayor. Dane was declared Missing in Action on December 18, 1944 and is memorialized at the Walls of the Missing, Manila American Cemetery, Taguig City, Philippines.

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