Basic Biographical Details
Branch: U.S. Army
Conflict: World War II
Hometown: Twin Lakes
Home State: Wisconsin
Last place of Worship:
Date of Death: Conflicting dates: Some sources list 12/15/1944 while others list 1/9/1945
Resting Place: died at sea on the Japanese POW ship, Oryoky Maru
Military Honors: Purple Heart
POW (Y/N) Yes
According to the Knights of Columbus Website for Found du Lac Council 664 which was renamed after Father Mathias Zerfus, he was a chaplain for the CCC in Wisconsin, an assistant priest for St.Marys Catholic church in Fond du Lac and was a military chaplain during WWII.
According to the Website, WisconsinHistoricalMarkers.com Father Zerfus survived the infamous, horrific Bataan Death March. While a prisoner he celebrated Mass and cared for the sick even though weak himself and literally starving to death. He conducted convert classes and led night prayers and a daily rosary. Father Zerfas was killed when the POW ship moving him was mistakenly attacked by U.S. warplanes.
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