Simon R. Hernandez, 85, passed away November 29, 2004 of heart
failure surrounded by his family in his home.
was born October 28, 1919 in Del Rio, Texas to Miguel and Lupe
(Ramirez) Hernandez. He married “Teddy” Theodora Elena Serrano
November 23, 1945 in Roswell, New Mexico.
Simon was a POW veteran of WWII. Immediately after enlisting in
the US Army in 1941 he was captured and taken prisoner by the
Japanese. He survived the Bataan Death March, and in April 1942,
he was sent to Japanese prisoner of war camps O’Donnell and
Cabanatuan in the Philippines. In September of 1942, Simon was
moved to the Port Area in Manila, enduring starvation, diseases
and dehydration until July 1944. He also heroically fought the
horrific and unbearable conditions of the Japanese “Hell Ships”.
He was liberated on August 25, 1945.
Simon was a recipient of the Purple Heart, Bronze Star,
Philippine Defense Medal, and various other medals and awards.
He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and
Simon enjoyed woodcarving, traveling and spending time with his
Simon was laid to rest on December 3, 2004 with full military
Simon will be greatly missed but his strength and courage
will be with us always. Rest in peace and may God bless you Dad.
— Alison Corey, Daughter