Cedar County


Pvt. Charles Donald Jacobson


Charles Donald Jacobson was born Aug. 18, 1922. He died Dec. 14, 1944 and is buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, MO in a mass grave dedicated to the victims of the Japanese Massacre, Puerto Princesa, Philippine Islands. He was initially buried on Leyte, Philippine Islands.

Pvt. Jacobson served in World War II with the U.S. Army and became a POW at Puerto Princesa. He was one of those killed in the Palawan Massacre where prisoners were herded into covered trenches which were then set on fire using barrels of gasoline. As the prisoners tried to escape the flames they were shot down. This massacre is the premise of the book “Last Man Out: Glenn McDole, USMC, Survivor of the Palawan Massacre in World War II” by Bob Wilbanks.

Source: ancestry.com