Updated: Jun 29, 2019
PVT Martin L. Kunik entered the U.S. Army from Pennsylvania and served with Company H, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division in the Philippines during World War II. He was captured in Bataan following the American surrender and died of diphtheria on July 23, 1942, at the Cabanatuan Prison Camp in Nueva Ecija Province. He was buried in communal grave 314 in the camp cemetery along with other deceased American POWs; however, his remains could not be associated with any remains recovered from Cabanatuan after the war. Today, Private Kunik is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines. Based on all information available, DPAA assessed the individual's case to be in the analytical category of Active Pursuit.
US POW/MIA Family Locating was contacted by PVT Kunik's brother and nephew to find and make contact with other POW families of Cabanatuan grave 314. The DPAA combined three other graves with 314 for a total of 101 American POWs and wanting at minimum 60% FRS before they will consider a disinterment request from the family. Here is more information about PVT Kunik and his family.