Boone County

Sgt. Joseph John Uballe



Joseph John Uballe was born Mar. 19, 1921 to Lee and Tomasa Mireles Uballe. He died Dec. 14, 1944 and is buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, MO.

Sgt. Uballe served with the U.S. Air Corps in World War II and became a POW at Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippine Islands and died in the Palawan Massacre.

During World War II, in order to prevent the rescue of prisoners of war by the advancing allies, the Japanese herded the remaining 150 POWs at Puerto Princesa into three covered trenches which were then set on fire using barrels of gasoline. As prisoners tried to escape the flames, they were shot down. Some escaped by going over a cliff that ran along one side of the trenches, but were later hunted down and killed. Only 11 men escaped the slaughter and between 133 and 141 were killed. The site of the massacre can still be visited.