Veterans' Memorial Project

Ford Powell Eshleman Jr.

Lake Mills, WI

World War II

College: Liberal Arts & Sciences

Graduation Year: 1939

Service Branch: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade

Date of Birth: 03/17/1919

Date of Death: 05/27/1945

Affiliations: Sigma Chi; Sigma Xi; Omega Beta Pi

Lt. Eshleman was a surgeon on a destroyer, U.S.S. Drexler, off Okinawa when his ship was struck by two Japanese suicide planes while he was on duty in the sick bay. Previously, he had been a surgeon on a troop transport which landed in the Iwo Jima invasion. Lt. Eshleman was commissioned in 1941 while attending Northwestern Medical school. He is buried at the Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines at Plot A Row 12 Grave 53.

-taken from Illinois Alumni News, June, 1946 and Web site above

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