FRANCIS M. DOUGLASS, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Francis Douglass '32

Date of birth: May 8, 1908

Date of death: January 18, 1945

Age: 36

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From Find A Grave:

Lt. Francis M. Douglass was held as a POW in the Philippine Islands. In December 1944, he was boarded onto the Oryoku Maru for transport to Japan. The ship came under attack from American planes on December 14th. As evening approached, the attack was called off. The next day the planes returned and continued the attack. The ship was sunk by American planes at Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, on December 15, 1944. The surviving POWs were boarded onto the Enoura Maru which reached Takao, Formosa. While docked it was bombed by American planes on January 9, 1945, killing many of the POWs. The surviving POWs were boarded onto the Brazil Maru. Douglass died of his wounds, from the attack on the Enoura Maru, on the ship.

Unable to determine which unit Francis was stationed with; the Navy Directory of April 1, 1941 lists him at the Naval Training Station, Newport, Rhode Island.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He has a memory marker in New Hampshire.

Prisoner of War Medal

From Hall of Valor:

Lieutenant Francis M. Douglass (NSN: 0-71456), 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.

General Orders: NARA Database: Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 1947
Action Date: May 6, 1942 - Died in Captivity
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Division: Prisoner of War (Philippine Islands)


Class of 1932

Francis is one of 52 members of the Class of 1932 in Memorial Hall.