Evans E. Overbey

World War II
Service #13035026
RankPrivate, U.S. Army Air Forces
Unit93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group, Heavy
Entered Service From
Date of DeathNovember 20, 1942
Memorialized Walls of the Missing
Manila American Cemetery
Taguig City, Philippines

Private Overbey's ' remains have been recovered and accounted for. On December 8, 1941, PVT Overbey was assigned to the 93rd Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group located at Clark Field at Manila,The Philippines. With its aircraft destroyed, the unit joined forces with American and Filipino infantry units fighting the Battle of Bataan. Following the April 9, 1942 surrender to the Japanese, the surviving members of PVT Overbey's squadron captured by the Japanese began the torturous 65-mile "Bataan Death March" northward, where they were imprisoned at Camp O'Donnell. Because of overcrowding and excessive death rate at Camp O'Donnell, these POW were transferred to Camp Cabanatuan. On Nov. 19, 1942, 14 Americans, including PVT Overbey, were reported to have died and buried by their fellow prisoners. In August 2014, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed comingled remains buried in Plot N Row 2 Grave 69 at Manila American Cemetery with the belief that identifications could be made. DNA analysis and historical evidence were used to positively identify some of the remains as belonging to Pvt. Evans E. Overbey. His name remains permanently inscribed on the Walls of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery. Private Overbey's name is permanently inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery, Manila.

Bronze Star

The Bronze Star Medal was established by an Executive Order of 4 February 1944 superseded by an Executive Order of 24 August amended by an Executive Order on 28 February 2003. It is awarded to a person who, while serving with or in the United States Army after 6 December 1941, distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, or while engaged in military operations against an opposing armed force wherein the United States was not a belligerent party. Actions while in aerial flight are not covered by this award. Awards for acts of heroism rank immediately behind the Silver Star. Awards for acts of merit or meritorious service rank immediately behind the Legion of Merit. Provisions exist for retroactive awards covering the period 7 December 1941 through 1 July 1947, based upon citations in orders, related awards and certificates, and unit awards.

Purple Heart

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who after 5 April 1917 have been wounded or killed in action against an enemy of the United States or an opposing armed force, while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict, as the result of acts of enemy or hostile opposing forces, as a result of terrorist attacks or attacks on peacekeeping forces since 28 March 1973, or by friendly fire in circumstance as described above.

rosetta medal
When an individual’s remains have been accounted for by the U.S. Department of Defense, a rosette is placed next to the name on the Wall/Tablet/Court of the Missing to mark that the person now rests in a known gravesite.
Pvt. Overbey received the following personal awards posthumously: Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart