Benjamin F. Runyan of Clinton, Indiana in Vermillion County was captured during the initial stages of World War II in the Philippines. He was born in 1923 and enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis. He was in the 31st Infantry Regiment and died as a POW at Camp 4 "O-Donel) in Tarlac, Philippines on Luzon Island, May 8, 1942. He is buried at Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines.
On our intial visit to the Manila American cemetery we had an instant realization that few families had ever visited these graves. I wondered if we could find a few families of these men. I took a handful of photos of the white crosses with the inscriptions and returned to our home. Weeks late we located our first family. Since that time we have fortunately been able to contact 150 families of Indiana servicemen killed in this region during World War II. Additionally we have located another forty across America despite our Indiana focus.
We hope you can help us find the family of Benjamin F. Runyan. Here is some information we have including a reference we located at the Indiana State Library. We only have the reference information and not the actual contents of the newspaper notice. We hope you can help us find this also.
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Dave and Apple Dwiggins
San Pablo City, Philippines