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The Morning Call, Allentown, PA – 19 Jan 1944 – “Sgt. Albert Malok Died in Jap Prison Camp – Staff Sergeant Albert Malok, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Malok, … died in a Japanese prison camp according to a War Department telegram to Mrs. Malok on Tuesday. He was born in Bethlehem and lived at 939 New St., when he enlisted eight years ago on Jan. 16. He was trained … as an aerial engineer …. He was on a B-17 over Rangoon and on their return back the Fortress was disabled. One man was killed, two made their way to Calcutta, India, and the others were lost in the jungle or were made prisoners of war. … He is survived by his parents …, two sisters, Mrs. George Kish, Easton Road, Hellertown, and Mrs. Chester Kubick, of Ackerman St., Hellertown, and a brother, John Malok Jr. at home. …

The Morning Call, Allentown, PA, 10 Feb. 1944 – Memorial Rtes Sunday For Sgt. Albert Malok in Windish Lutheran – A memorial service will be conducted Sunday at 11 a.m. in St. John’s Windish Lutheran church, Bethlehem, by the Pastor, Rev. E.A. Stiegler, for Staff Sergeant Albert Louis Malok, U.S. Air Corps, who died Nov. 29, 1943, in a Jap prison camp in Burma. His parents … received a letter and citation … in July 1942, awarding the Silver Star to Sergeant Malok, “for exceptional gallantry in the face of enemy aerial activity.” This is the third member of St. Joh’s church to make the supreme sacrifice. The others were Corporal Technician Fifth Class Stephen Ritopher and PFC Louis Grabar. Members of the Harry F.W. Johnson Post No. 379, American Legion, will attend the memorial service.

A post-memorial publication was made by The Morning Call on 14 Feb. 1944. Most families in America were, blissfully, not to become aware of the horrors of abuse, starvation, denial of medical care, and neglect with which the Japanese treated American prisoners of war in all of the Japanese POW prisons until after the war.

The Graves Registration team which recovered the remains of SSgt. Malok from Rangoon cantonment cemetery grave # 96 found that buried with him were crewmen Sgt. Elias E. Gonsalves and Sgt Harold B. Cummings. With them were the remains of 1stLt Robert L. Kavanagh. While some POWs who died in Japanese POW captivity, some were buried together in single graves and others in individual graves. Unfortunately, all of the remains of the servicemen were lost in the crash of the Graves Registration C-47B into the Bay of Bengal 17 May 1946.

SSgt Albert Malok             1stLt Robert Kavanagh            Sgt Elias E. Gonsalves             Sgt Harold B. Cummings