JOHN L. WELCH, LT, USN
John Welch '23
Date of birth: July 15, 1901
Date of death: January 10, 1945
From the 1923 Lucky Bag:
He had earlier survived the bombing of the Oryoku Maru on December 15 in Subic Bay.
John was on Corregidor when that island surrendered; before then he was serving on the submarine tender USS Canopus (AS 9) before that ship was scuttled on April 10, 1942. He was mentioned in Part III of a column on Canopus in the November 1948 issue of Shipmate; he was the senior member of the "Naval Battalion" when it became part of the Fourth Marine Regiment.
His wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by a daughter.
It's unclear how John was only a Lieutenant. Perhaps he left the service for a time? (He appears in the 1924 and 1928 Registers.)
(Note: Some listings have his date of death in December 1944; believe it more likely that he died in January.)
Prisoner of War Medal
From Hall of Valor:
Lieutenant John L. Welch (NSN: 0-58274), 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