Word has just been received that Lieutenant
J. W. Stirni of the Coast and
Geodetic Survey was killed by air action in the Philippine Islands.
Lieutenant Stirni was taken prisoner by the Japanese early in
1942, and had been held prisoner until December 1944, where the
prisoners were evacuated by the Japanese for Japan.
Lieutenant Stirni was with the Bureau for 14 years, having worked
in both the Coastal Survey and Geodesy, although much of his
time was spent in the Field.
He is survived by his mother, Mrs. C. R. Stirni, his wife, Mrs.
J. W. Stirni (who also was a prisoner of war until February
5th of this year, and was liberated by General McArthur) a brother,
A. Richard Stirni now working in the Hydrographic Section of
the Nautical Chart Branch.
THE BUZZARD, Vol. XIII, No. 31, 8/2/1945