1LT Hector J. Polla Road

Polla Road leads to the west gate of Fort Leonard Wood in #PulaskiCountyUSA

Polla Road leads to the west gate of Fort Leonard Wood, in #PulaskiCountyUSA

Hector John Polla was born in Lexington, Missouri in 1916. He graduated from Higginsville High School and Wentworth Military Academy Junior College before heading to the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1937. Upon his graduation from West Point in 1941, Lt. Polla was deployed to the Philippines and stationed on the Bataan Peninsula.

He was there when the Japanese attacked on December 8, 1941. His courage and gallantry during the defense of the Bataan resulted in his being awarded the Silver Star Medal. He survived the Bataan Death March and spent nearly three years in Japanese prisoner of war camps. Survivors of the war camps praise him for the leadership, fortitude, and skill he demonstrated during the hard years of captivity. Lt. Polla died tragically in January 1945 after the Japanese ship on which he and other prisoners were being transported was bombed by American forces.

In addition to the Silver Star Medal, Polla’s military medals and other citations include the Purple Heart Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, the Prisoner of War Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one bronze service star, the American Defense Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, and the Philippines Defense Ribbon.

1LT Hector J. Polla (1916-1945)

1LT Hector J. Polla (1916-1945)




4 thoughts on “1LT Hector J. Polla Road

  1. What a great story! I have to admit that this road off H Hwy is the most beautiful and scenic way into Fort Leonard Wood! I love to travel this road especially in the fall and winter. Beautiful colors in the fall and in the winter when there is snow on the ground you can see for miles!

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