The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand in honor at the Interment Service for Paul Palumbo at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 South Sheridan Blvd., Denver, 80236, on Thursday, September 7, 2023 at 3:00PM, Committal Shelter C.
Mr. Palumbo, who was a US Army Sergeant with the 200th Coastal Artillery, was captured by the Japanese on a south Pacific island and then put on a Japanese troop 'HELL SHIP' being sent back to Japan, when it was torpedoed and sunk by a submarine. His remains were never recovered nor was there a Service in his Honor.
During World War II, Sergeant Palumbo was serving with Battery B of the 200th Coast Artillery Corps in the Philippines when Imperial Japanese began their invasion on 8 Dec 1941. After the artillery had been destroyed by the aerial attacks, the 200th resorted to fighting as infantry. Paul became part of the defenders of Corrigidor until they were compelled to surrender on 6 May 1942. As POWs, the Corregidor defenders were marched through Manila to POW camps at Fort Santiago and Bilibid. Paul endured deplorable POW conditions in the Philippines. He was onboard the "Hell Ship" Shinyo Maru when it was torpedoed by the American submarine USS Paddle. Hell Ships were unmarked as POW carriers to act as decoys. POWs not killed by the torpedo were executed by their guards or left to drown.