Hallmark, Dean Edward, born 24-01-1914 in Robert Lee, Texas, graduated from Greenville High School, Greenville, Texas and attended Paris Junior College, Texas and Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Alabama for two years. Entered service on 21-11-1940 at Houston, Texas. Graduated as Pilot and commissioned as Second Lieutenant from Advanced Flying School, Stockton, California in July, 1941. He was captured by the Japanese and executed for “war crimes” after a staged mock trial. On 18-04-1942, after months of bad news on the war in the Pacific, the US public was stunned to learn that 16 American B-25 bombers, of the 95th
Bombardment Squadron led by Lieutenant Colonel, James “Jimmy” Doolittle
had successfully bombed Tokyo and a number of other Japanese cities. The B-25s had taken off from the aircraft carrier, USS Hornet, The 95th
Fighter Squadron (95 FS) was part of the 325th
at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida and flown over Japan to bomb strategic targets. Following the bombing made famous by the 1944 book and film, “Thirty Seconds over Tokyo” the raiders flew on to China rather than return to the USS Hornet. Short of fuel, most of the planes crashed far short of the friendly Chinese airfields they were to find, ending up inside Japanese lines, and 8 crewmen (2 men had died when their planes crashed) were captured by the Japanese. Initially the Japanese jailed the flyers, torturing them for information. Confined and poorly fed, the men contracted dysentery and beriberi. After interrogation, the men were sent to Tokyo, Japan for further interrogation, then returned to Shanghai, China where they were again imprisoned.
Death and burial ground of Hallmark, Dean Edward.
On 14-10-1942, Japanese officers gave the crews a mock trial, and although never told of the charges against them, they were quickly found guilty and sentenced to death. 2nd
Lieutenant. Dean E. Hallmark, age 28, 2nd
Lieutenant William G. Farrow
and Sergeant Harold A. Spatz
in February 1946, four Japanese officers were tried for their mistreatment of the Doolittle aircrews and sentenced to five years imprisonment. After the war, Lieutenant Hallmark’s, ashes were recovered and buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 12.