USAF Military Cemetery – Ipswich

The base of the original flag pole in Manson Park. Source: Ozatwar

With several military hospitals in and around Camp Columbia looking after people wounded in the Pacific War Theatre, obviously a large number died. These soldiers were buried at the USAF Military Cemetery in Ipswich. In all 1206 of them were buried here. In 1947 the bodies were exhumed and brought to the USA.

Most burials were documented but some were unknown and there were three burials for members of the Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL).

The cemetery is now a park. A monument has been erected using the base of the flag pole which flew the American flag in the United States Armed Forces (USAF). The park – Manson Park – is named after the lady who cared for the graves during WWII. See also: Ozatwar

Total casualties in Asia and the Pacific by nation and type

NationKilled or missingWoundedPrisoners of warCivilian deaths
Netherlands East Indies    (Dutch and Indonesians) 14.65437,0004,000,000
United Kingdom15,67012,84050,016
United States111,606  253,14221,580
Source: The Pacific War Online Encyclopedia

Blank entries indicate that estimates are unavailable, but the numbers likely are small.
1Includes only losses in ground combat.
2Prior to 15 August 1945.

 Casualties in selected U.S. divisions

Total Battle
Killed or
Died of Wounds



255,4321,5003,9284New Guinea, Luzon, southern Philippines
332,4265241.8966New Guinea, Luzon
403,0257482,2734Bismarcks, southern Philippines, Luzon
414,2609623,28711New Guinea, Luzon, southern Philippines
436,0261,4144,6093Guadalcanal, northern Solomons, New Guinea, Luzon
777,4611,8575.53470Eniwetok, Guam, Leyte, Okinawa
812,3145171,7934Palau, Leyte
1 Cavalry4,0559713,0759New Guinea, Bismarcks, Leyte, Luzon
11 Airborne2,4316201,8065New Guinea, Leyte, Luzon
2 Marine12,7702,7959,9750Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian, Okinawa
3 Marine10,4162,3718.0450Bougainville, Guam, Iwo Jima
5 Marine9,5732,4147.1590Iwo Jima
Total wartime casualties for some of the divisions that served in the Pacific. Source: The Pacific War Online Encyclopedia
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