Major Harry Winfield Schenck

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Major Harry Winfield Schenck

Last week I had the privilege of visiting the United States Military Academy Post Cemetery at West Point.

Over 100 notables are buried there, but I wanted to pay my respects at the grave of a childhood friend. While we were there, we could not help but be struck many of the headstones and the stories implied in birth and death dates.

Today’s post is about Major Harry Winfield Schenck (Class of 1933 USMA), who gave his life for his country in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp on 21 Feb 1945.


December 1969 issue of “The Quan”

“The Quan” was an official publication of a non-profit group, the Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, Inc. The December 1969 issue lists Harry Schenck as dying in “a Japanese prison camp or on a prison ship of disease, malnutrition, etc.” Major Schenck was awarded the Silver Star posthumously in 1946.

He is remembered.



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Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”