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POW - 3 Minnesota Soldiers Are Jap Captives A War...
3 Minnesota Soldiers Are Jap Captives A War department Tuesday night named five northwest men, including three Minnesotans, In a list of 197 soldiers held prisoner by the Japanese in the Philippine islands. Capture of all had previously been revealed to their next of kin. At the same time, Mrs. Carrie Bianchi, New Ulm, Minn., received word from the war department that her son, Capt. Willibald C. Bianchi, 27, congressional medal of honor winner for heroism on Bataan, is a prisoner of the Japanese. ! Bianchi was wounded three times when he voluntered to help wipe out enemy machine gun nests. Among the 197 on the war department list was Maj. Thomas J. H. (Trap) Trapnell, former West Point football hero, who was awarded the distinguished service cross for bravery in destroying a bridge in the face of enemy fire last January. Men in this area on Tuesday night's list were: Lt. Robert P. Aikman, whose wife lives at Remer, Minn. Ma.i. Roy E. McElfish, whose wife lives at Eveleth. Lt. Col. Ernest B. Miller, commander of a Brainerd tank detach-'ment. Maj. Arthur George Christensen, son of P. W. ChristenSen, Fargo, N. D. Maj. H. K. Johnson, son of Mrs. H. C. Johnson, Grafton, N. D.

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  1. Star Tribune,
  2. 16 Dec 1942, Wed,
  3. Page 9

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