The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PVT Paul Ellis Lockwood, 15043564, who died in the service of his country on February 8th, 1945 in Luzon. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death Paul was 22 years of age. He was from Cambridge City, Indiana.
The decorations earned by PVT Paul Ellis Lockwood include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.
Paul was single. He is buried in the Manila American Cemetery.
Private Paul E. Lockwood of Wayne County, Indiana and mostly likely from Cambridge City, Indiana in Wayne Cowas killed in action February 8, 1945. He was serving with the 35th Infantry Rgiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was a white citizen, born in 1922, single without any dependents with two years of high school. Private Lockwood enlisted September 3, 1940. He is buried in the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines.
I am searching for the family of Paul E. Lockwood to give them free photos I have taken of his grave site. Most likely, the family has never seen the grave.
My wife and I visited the Manila American Cemetery more than two years ago as mere visitors but went home here in the Philippines with a mission in our hearts. We instantly knew only a handful of Americans had ever visited these graves.
We took eight or ten photos in hopes of locating a family of one of the men. Within two weeks our efforts struck gold as we did find a family. They were so grateful and suddenly we were hooked on our work. We would not try to locate the families of Indiana servicemen and send them free photos.
We sat down and drew a realistic boundary of our focus. It would include Central Indiana and my former home in Madison County. We worked hard and got the photos and files in order and expanded our work to include the entire state of Indiana.
As of today we have located 151 Indiana families of men killed in World War II, that are honored at Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines. During our search we could not turn anyone away and found an addition 41 families across America.
Please visit our website and see the photos of these great men that made Supreme Sacrifices in the name of Freedom. Please join us in honoring them by visiting our website today. Also view the three photos attached to this posting.
Indiana Soldiers & Sailors
Mid December 1944, fourteen hundred men, including the 25th Division, boarded the USS Laurens (APA-153) in Guadalcanal. The men proceeded to Manus in the Admirality Islands in preparation for the Lingayen Landing in the Philippines. The troops were to land at San Fabian nine days later, January 11.
The Laurens dropped anchor in Lingayen Bay right on schedule January 11th at 0830. At 0832 the first assault boat hit the water. The landing went as planned without a hitch. The men unloaded cargo and then men their assembly points at 1330, ready to move out to the bivouac area at Baloling, eight miles inland. It was long after dark when all the units arrived. The next couple days, patrols spread out to gather intelligence information regarding troop positions road conditions, rivers and bridges. The campaign in the Plains of the Philippines included the landing at Lingayen and the drive from Manoag to Umingan.
From February 2 to 8, 1945, the men were engaged in the Battle of Lupao. The battle was tough as they were pitted against a dug in enemy who was reinforced with tanks. The 35th Regiment prevailed though the cost was great, 96 men were killed and 268 were wounded. The enemy count was 33 tanks lost, 921 killed and two captured. At 1130 the Regimental Commander declared Lupao secure. Despite having the advantage of being fortified well and perfectly defended, they had been crushed, armor and all by the infantry men and their weapons. As a fitting climax, an American flag, which had been secreted in the Municipal Building of Lupao during the Japanese occupation, was hoisted, exactly at noon, over the battered town square. Mopping up continued throughout February 8th but the victory enabled troops to move into the Caraballo Mountains to the north and further neutralize the Japanese resistance on Luzon Island.
The actual details surrounding the Supreme Sacrifice of Private Paul E Lockwood have not been discovered by us, but we do know the 35th Infantry Regiment of the 25th division was in this location at the time of his death. Paul is buried at the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines.
Paul E. Lockwood
United States Army (US Marine Corps ?)
Enlisted at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis, Indiana
Enlistment Date – September 3, 1940
White citizen, native of Indiana, born 1922
Single without dependents, 2 years of high school
35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division
Service Number 15043564
Cambridge City (Jackson Twp) - Wayne County – Indiana
DOD – February 8, 1945
Buried Manila American Cemetery – Philippines
Plot J Row 11 Grave 6