. . .
When all else fails, search here
for missing loved ones, buddies, or other WWII/Korean War related
in "Lost Patrol" . . .
Search for George Devlin's Picture!
L. Smith Lt.USNR(Ret) wrote:
December 5th, 2000 was the 55th Anniversary of the Lost
Patrol. A young man named George Devlin, was on that
flight. There has been much speculation about what happened
to those 5 Avengers. Many articles and documentaries
have been written about it.
Devlin was my gunner in the Pacific. After the war I was
assigned to Corpus Christi and George went to Fort Lauderdale.
There is a new museum/historical association at Fort Lauderdale
which honors the men that were lost in Flight 19 and the
men that trained there. One thing they are missing is a
photo of George Devlin. It seems the Navy lost his picture
and too many years have gone by to contact his family.
made getting a photo of Devlin my mission. I have sent letters
to 20 George and Eugene Devlin looking for relatives. George's
father was George F. Devlin of Jefferson Ave., Brooklyn,
NY. Anyone that knows someone in the family please relay
this message. Contact me or the NAS Fort Lauderdale Historical
looks like a good cause. Maybe we will get some response.
We have had some interest before about Flight 19. Perhaps
you read the stories on at Site 4, The Remaining
Places and Site
the story about the Lost Patrol, I mention Ft. Lauderdale
Historic Society and your The Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale
Historic Association. Hopefully we will find some more info.
to readers: If you know where to get these, please contact
the editor. Click here or on the link at the bottom of the
I may be
able to help you. My grandfather is William Devlin,
who is George's brother.
Editor's note: The picture is now in the hands of Lt.
Smith, the Ft. Lauderdale Historic
Society, and The Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Historic
Lt. Smith has also been contacted
by an English production company that is doing a documentary
on the Bermuda Triangle. I'll pass the word on to
our English readers at www.kilroywashere.org.uk
when I find out when it will be aired.. They will
interview Bill as a TBM pilot. Also Gian Quasar, the
young man that has had his documentary on the History
Channel is interested in Devlin's photo.
a book about . . .
am Jerome Gutierrez, native of Zamboanga City, Philippines,
now residing here in Germany. It has been and still
is, my passion to chronicle Zamboanga´s World
War 2 years. It would be a pleasure and honor to hear
from veterans of the 41st Infantry Division, the division
that liberated the city. I hope I can get in touch with
any member of Marine Air Groups 12, 14 and 24, who did
ground support missions.
Moret Field (Click
Image for larger view)
I understand there were other supporting
units involved. Of particular interest are the units who improved
on Moret airfield.
had many conversations with the folks in Zamboanga who were
old enough to witness the war and liberation. Their memories
of the liberating "Joes" are something they treasure
and fondly narrate to the younger generations. I know that
because one of my best childhood memories were spending
afternoons with my uncle and grandfather, hearing them once
relive tales of hope, valor and freedom. To the veterans
we forever stand grateful.
I am attaching a photo taken sometime in March or later,
1945. Photo courtesy of James "Rip" Collins, a
PBJ (Navy B-25) radioman who was there and loved to eating
Jerome, I hope you are right because I would like
more information too!
to readers: If you were there or know anyone who was at
Zamboaga, please contact the editor. Click here or on the
link at the bottom of the page!
year old thank you!
Search for Dennis
was a gunner on a Navy troop ship. The ship was transporting
us from England to Normandy just prior to the D-Day. He probably
saved my life. I only know that he shot down a German torpedo
plane that was attempting to torpedo us. It happened in the
middle of the night. We heard a loud explosion. By the time
I heard that he shot the plane down, we were so busy that
I did not see him again.. Prior to that episode, during the
day, we hit a mine cable that exploded about 50 to 100 yards
off the starboard side. Fortunately, no damage was done but
I was only too happy to leave the ship. By the time we landed
at Normandy, we had been sitting broadside to shore waiting
to climb down a rope ladder into a landing craft. German 88's
were firing over us and I just wanted to get on shore since
I could not swim. We made two attempted landings with 88's
firing over the landing craft before finally landing at Utah
Beach. Part of our outfit landed at Utah and part at Omaha.
I was in a graves registration company (607th). Our job was
to pick up the dead and bury them in temporary cemeteries
on the two beachheads.
had met Dennis while on board. He was 18 or 19 at the time,
as was I. I casually met him a few days before and he invited
me to the ship's galley for lunch. He was from Ohio, I believe
Cincinnati. Richard Blake is his name. I would like to locate
to readers: If you know anything about Richard, please contact
the editor. Click here or on the link at the bottom of the
UPDATE, August 1, 2004
I sent a letter to Kilroy some time ago and after all this
time finally discovered that the person I was looking for
DENNIS REED. He was from Cinn. Ohio.
know Don J. Gilliland?
Hello I'm looking
for information or photos (class photo or photo album) on
a Pilot trained at Hendricks Field at Sebring, Florida from
March to June 1942. His name was Don J. Gilliland. Can you
help or point me in the right direction?
He lived in our
Community and we recently honored him with a big frame in
our dance hall, it is over 4' x 5'. Full of pictures, medals,
information, patriotic saying, and pictures of him (tough
to get). There was good local press coverage on the event
too. I received a journal from another pilot who served with
him and were best friends, it reads like a novel and he wants
my help publishing it. So I'm still looking for information
on him. As far as relatives are concerned the government is
still looking. Some say he was married before going overseas
and had a son prior to his being killed. Others say he was
never married, memories are slipping at 57 years ago and everyone
at 76+ age.
That's why I want
to get it right to honor these airmen before they are all
gone! and we will be guessing history like the Civil War.
to readers: If you know anything about Don J. Gilliland, please
contact the editor. Click here or on the link at the bottom
of the page!
know Cpl. Bell.?
to hunt up some information on my dad, I know this is a way
long shot, but I have to try. I have reason to believe that
my dad (and my uncle) were in the 124th. He entered into active
service in Feb 1941 at Camp Blanding and may have been transferred
out in early 1944. My dad's name was Clifford Bell (my uncles
name is Reid Bell, I know he made it all the way to New Guinea,
Morotai and Mindanao). I also know my dad ended up in Germany
and was discharged from the 604th Engineers Combat Bn., he
was a Cpl. at the time, his MOS was Camouflage Technician
804. He was qualified as SS BAR in June 1943 and SS RIFLE
in January 1044. He departed for overseas in February 1943.
I believe at that time he was heading for Germany. His date
of entry into service is February 1941 and was discharged
in October 1945. So what this has to do with 124th? I'm not
sure. Why I think he at one time was in the 124th is this:
my Uncle Reid Bell, says that my dad served with him in the
124th There is also his picture in a year book of the 124th
Infantry. My uncle was later transferred to the 155th, but
he (my uncle) was in one of the Battalions on the 124th during
the Driniumor river Battle in New Guinea. Anyway my uncle's
memory and a picture in a year book is not conclusive evidence,
but it does raise a mystery to me. I know it's been a long
time and there were a lot of men in that unit, but I came
across this on the internet, so I thought I would ask.
Thanks very much,
to readers: If you know anything about Corporal Bell, please
contact the editor. Click here or on the link at the bottom
of the page!
It's obvious that Lance's Dad, Clifford
Bell was with the 124th Infantry Regiment in Fort Benning
as we have his photo with Hq Co 2nd Bn. The 124th was at Fort
Benning from January 1942 until the Fall of 1943. While we
(124th) were at Fort Benning many guys were shipped out to
form other Infantry Regiments. It's possible that your Dad
was shipped out on one of these cadres. If not then he went
to Fort Jackson, South Carolina along with the rest of us
in the 124th. There were now very few of us left who had been
with the 124th in Camp Blanding as replacements were sent
in as the old hands were sent out when forming new Regiments.
At Fort Jackson the Regiment was deactivated and men were
shipped to various units. I was sent back to the 31st Infantry
"Dixie" Division Service Company 154th Infantry
Regiment. This was later redesignated the 124th and we were
in combat in New Guinea, Morotai and Mindanao. If your Uncle
Reid Bell was in New Guinea with us then he probably followed
along the lines that I did. If Reid Bell is still living or
any of his heirs then refer them to the website www.kilroywashere.org
and to my
narrative which recounts the 124th Infantry all the way from
Camp Blanding and back to Camp Blanding. If anyone wishes
to contact me then I would be happy to relate whatever knowledge
I have of the 124th.
(Aubrey) Paul Tillery
Click here for
Pictures and info.
Note to readers: If you want to contact Paul, click here
or on the link at the bottom of the page. I will forward to
I've been pondering
the question of Clfford Bell. The name means
nothing to me. From his letter, the two brothers were at Camp
Blanding not long after the National Guards's were federalized
in Nov. However I do know that none of the 31st Div. men ever
went to Europe unless they transferred to another unit. The
31st spent a good bit of time in 42-43 as cadre at Fort Benning,GA.
While there many, many opted to transfer into just about every
branch of service, many went to OCS. The three Divisions of
the 31st were remanned with replacements and ended up with
every part of the country represented.
I think Mr. Bell
transferred. His brother was in the 124th and did
the South Pacific with them. Only the 124th went to fight
on the Driniumor River.
The other two Div's. went to other areas. They
were regrouped in Sept. 44 and landed
on Morotai, then to the PI's
in April of 45. The 155th was one of the three 31st Divs.
and he could have transferred
into it. I would suggest to the writer to contact
St. Louis and ask for his fathers records or research
his dad's ETO unit. I know this isn't
much but its a sure bet Bell got
out of the 31st and 124th early on.
President of the 124th Inf. Regt'l.
amtrac "Lulu Bell, B-23,"
Thomas (Tommy) Iradi
My dad, Corporal
Thomas (Tom, Tommy) Iradi was with the 773rd Amphibious Tractor
Battalion, and took the Marines to the beach on Saipan, Tinian,
Okinawa, etc. He was on the second wave to hit Yellow Beach
20 minutes after zero hour on the initial invasion of Saipan.
Later, he was the first amtrac to reach the Marines after/during
the Banzai attack on 7 July. His tractor, named "Lulu
Bell, B-23," alone brought about 15 Marines to safety.
His outfit secured
Tokashiki Shima just south of Okinawa where he tripped a booby
trapped "suicide" boat. He lost his mustache, his
helmet and his eyebrows! Minutes later the depth charges around
the boat lit off and sent timbers thousands of feet in all
directions! He was also in the Philippine campaign and the
invasion of Okinawa. Also part of the occupation forces only
weeks after the war ended.
It was interesting
readng Col. Gertz's account of the chimney/tower spotter.
My dad has relayed the very same story. If I'm not mistaken,
he was on the same beach at the same time. I would love to
get those two together on the phone sometime. Wouldn't THAT
be something! When we were last in Saipan he told us of how
he lay down on the beach picking through the pieces of shells
as the mortars landed around him. ""What else could
I do . . . My face was in the sand . . . so I picked through
the shells," he said! . . . Amazing!
We found the beach
where he landed. In fact it's now the site of the Pacific
Island Club, a sort of Club Med arrangement where we stayed
when we were there last. And where I think we will be staying
. . . When they were building the club a backhoe or bulldozer
hit a mortar round or something that sailed across the road
and blew up with no apparent injuries! They're still finding
ordnance all over that island. In fact they report that bones
and skulls are still showing up through the sand on the beaches.
We saw a few bones but it was hard to tell if they were animal
or . . . otherwise. We saw the tank hung up on the coral .
. . pretty strange to see jet skiers whipping around it on
21st century recreation machines . . . weird! While in Okinawa
my son took a side trip with our guide and a few Marines to
investigate some newly discovered caves and there were med
packs and unused ammo still in there! And a grenade that they
were careful not to disturb!
My Dad is 80 years
old now and we are returning to Saipan in November (for our
second trip in three years.) We want to find the beach where
he retrieved the Marines on that day. We will be traveling
with the Valor Tours group. I would like to get as much information
about the Saipan campaign as it relates to my father's experiences
as a history that we can pass down. Please, any information
on the events of the Saipan campaign would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks to the Bill
Hoover also for his info. Do you think it is possible that
he was taken to the beach by the 773rd . . . possibly aboard
Lulu Belle, B-23?
Please let me know
what I have to do to contact others who may have been with
him during this time. Thank you again . . . so very much.
It's great to see the spark in the old soldier's eyes when
he recounts his experiences. To me . . . it's priceless. God
bless them all!
Thomas E. Iradi
Note to readers: If you know anything about Corporal Iradi
or the landings, please contact the editor. Click here or
on the link at the bottom of the page!
Iradi . . . your Dad indeed had to be on the same beach. It
is entirely possible that I was a passenger on his Amtrac.
Because of the reefs, we had to transfer from the LCVP's into
the Amtracs at the reef. From that moment on, we were under
artillery fire from shore. I remember clearly hitting the
beach and seeing a round land about 200 yards away. The next
round came closer. We moved down the beach and into the concealment
of the trees but we were obviously being observed as the incoming
fire was very accurate. I also remember picking through and
brushing aside scraps of metal as we lay face down in the
foxholes or craters.
There was a lot
of military gear left in those caves. It was mostly gear that
we did not want to haul around with us and never had a chance
to go back and retrieve.
It's hard to believe
that it is now a super tourist spot!
Semper Fi, Norm
the connection between Kilroy and Rosie?
At first, I apologize
my poor English. I am a Japanese living in Tokyo.
I am much fond
of the U.S., and have been interested in American culture.
So, I have frequently visited the U.S. Now, I have a plan
to write a delightful and interesting book about the U.S.
In this book, I want to introduce about "Kilroy was here"
in one chapter. So, I have eagerly investigated about this
item. However, for the life of me, I can't resolve an question.
So, I want to ask you about this question.
I am sure that
you know "Rosie The Riveter" as a symbol of working
female during World War in the U.S. Although many ideas about
the identity of Kilroy have been presented, the most popular
idea is that Kilroy was a riveter. I am surprised that symbolic
American male and female during the World War had the same
job. Is there any relationship between "Kilroy Was Here"
and "Rosie the riveter"?
I would very appreciate
receiving your reply.
Thank you Dr. Mukai,
it is good to hear from you again!
Your English is
great and a lot better than my Japanese. As far as I know,
there is no connection between Kilroy and Rosie. Actually,
the most accepted legend of how Kilroy started was that he
was an a inspector of riveting (See "Legends"). It is not too surprising that riveting comes
up so often because everything from the Golden Gate Bridge
to the Empire State building to thousands of ships were put
together with rivets in those days. It was a dirty, hot, dangerous
job that required a lot of upper body strength which probably
explains why Rosie, doing a very tough "man's job,"
became a symbol of women doing their bit for the war effort.
I will put your
question on Kilroy Was Here. Maybe some of my readers will
have some more information that might be of some help.
I am looking
forward to your book. If Kilroy Was Here can be of further
help, let me know.
Makio, Please see the new memorial
to Rosie at http://www.rosietheriveter.org/
the truth about . . . ?
Bill Eudy wrote:
According to Keith O'Brien in an article
in the "THE VOICE" of the Retired Enlisted Association,
a publication for the Total Force, August 2000 Tokyo Rose
was "The radio personality that never existed. They called
her Tokyo Rose -- a temptress of the vilest kind . . . (who)
never actually existed. She is a myth first spawned by US
A federal jury convicted her of treason
and sentenced her to ten years in prison in 1949. According
to O'Brien, In 1977, in his last official act as president,Gerald
R. Ford pardoned her,ending the story but not the legend of
What is the true story of Tokyo Rose?
to readers: If you have any first hand knowledge about Tokyo
Rose, please contact the editor. Click here or on the link
at the bottom of the page!
Bill, There is
so much revisionist history going on these days . . . witness
the current treatment of the dropping of the atomic bombs and
the internment of Japanese and Japanese Americans. There is
also so much misinformation on the internet that it is hard
to determine the truth. The truth, however, is out there --
in the memories of the readers and contributors to Kilroy Was
Here. Readers, tell us of your knowledge of Tokyo Rose!
Response from Quizlet
the results from of poll was:
she never existed" .................................
I heard several female voices" ................ 4%
I never heard her at all" .........................
I heard her as Tokyo Rose ................... 78%
Sadly, I couldn't get the demographics
of each respondent but I did get these responses:
Bill Hoover wrote: (See
I was aboard a LST docked at Pearl Harbor waiting
for orders to combat. I was listening to the radio. A female
voice said ". . . this is Tokyo Rose broadcasting
to the Marines in the Pacific who are going out to die."
She played a little stateside music, then said " .
. . a lot of you young men sitting there in Pearl Harbor will
never leave Hawaii." The next morning,
or wounded. It was kept quiet in the States, but was called
"the second Pearl Harbor Attack." I don't know if
it was really Tokyo Rose, but someone sure as hell said they
were, and had some pretty good information.
|a Japanese American welder aboard one
of the LST's stuck his torch into a 50 gallon drum of
gasoline. The result was, if my memory is correct, 3
or 4 LST's blown up and several hundred Marines and
Note: Bill, may have remembered
a bit of American propaganda or rumor. Here is more
on the explosion from John. Click the star
Norman Gertz, Colonel USMC (Ret)
wrote:(See his story-1) (See his story -2)
Reference the alleged myth of Tokyo
Rose. I personally heard her broadcasts at least a dozen
times. She referred to herself as "Orphan Anne."
I believe the Tokyo Rose name was created by her listeners.
She often opened her broadcasts with "Hello to all
my boneheads in the Pacific". As I recall, she
would often identify the units (regiment or battalion) by
name and make her comments directly to them. One of her
favorite lines was "Where do you think your wives
or girlfriends are tonight while you are in a foxhole?"
She tried to emulate a disk jockey routine by allegedly
playing music requests. She often played Glenn Miller and
other big band music. She would often referred to casualties
by name and unit. I have no idea whether that information
was valid. We took what she said very lightly considering
what she was trying to do.
Whatever her name, she existed and
somehow was able to play all the latest popular music.
know . . . ?
I would like
to locate any relative or any fiiend of ROBERT HUDGINS (maybe
Hutchins) who was a Marine Corps officer (Major?) in the SW
Pacific Theater in WWII. I do not know if he survived the
war, but do know that he married an Australian girl named
Fay(e) who came to the US in the spring of 1944. Please contact
me if you know anything at all about him.
to readers: If you know or knew this veteran, please contact
the editor. Click here or on the link at the bottom of the
Hi Pat . .
. Don't know if this is the guy or not . . . we had a Major
Harry Hutchins in the 4th Marine Division. He was the
Division Naval Gunfire Officer. He was a very distinctive
individual . . . spoke with a British accent I thought. (could
have been Australian) He was known as "Half Track Harry"
as he operated from a halftrack vehicle with a BC610 radio
(very powerful). I don't remember seeing him after Saipan/Tinian.
I have no recollection of him on Iwo Jima so he could have
been transferred. His unit would have been Headquarters Battalion,
4th Marine Division.
The 4th Marine
Division has a reunion scheduled for the end of August in
Washington,DC and there would probably be people there who
would remember him. Its at the Marriott, Pennsylvania Ave.
& 14th Street.
Hope this information
is of some help.
Norman Gertz, Colonel USMC
regard to the search for " Hudgins"........in this
month's Semper Fidelis memorandum for Retired Marines there
is a listing under "Taps" showing:
H. Sergeant, retired September '54, died April '00
Hope it helps.
Norman Gertz, Colonel
Laura Philips wrote:
My husband has looked over the years
for Thomas Sobieski who flew with him in the 15th Air Force,
461 group during WW II. Tom Sobieski was a captain and a pilot
of a B-24. The time was 1944-1945. They were stationed in
Fogia, Italy. Tom was from Hamtrammack, MI. He'd be in his
mid 70s now. My husband, Roy, was a second lieutenant and
a co-pilot of the B-24.
would be greatly appreciated.
to readers: If you knew this veteran, please contact the editor.
Click here or on the link at the bottom of the page!
Lisa Sobieski wrote:
I was googling my father's name the other day, Tom Sobieski,
and I found the following "search" on your website.
I think my grandfather might be the Tom Sobieski that Laura
Philips was seeking. If she is still interested in finding
him, she can contact me. I am Lisa Sobieski. Daughter of Thomas
J. Sobieski III and granddaughter of Thomas J. Sobieski II.
the message to Laura bounced. As feared, she has changed her
address and didn't tell me. I will post your letter as a possible
find and maybe she will see it and contact us.
19, The Lost Patrol
I'm a modeler and want to do a historically accurate model
of an Avenger of flight 19 (the
Lost Patrol). I found on the web a lot of details, but
it rest some questions with no answer. You will be very friendly
and help me a lot if you want to answer me.
- I think they were TBM-3, it this right?
- What was the color scheme, three color scheme or glossy
- What was the marking of these planes, unit code, serial
- Did they were some unit insignia?
Please forgive my poor English grammar,
I thank you a lot. If you can help, I will be the happiest
Frenchie you know.
grammar sure beats my French. I admire your multilingual abilities.
OK, Fabrice, I will
make one Frenchie happy. We have what may be the world's best
air museum, library and archives here in Pensacola,
The National Museum of Naval Aviation.
I spent some time out there and, with the help of Ken Snyder,
found your answers. I will also be in Ft. Lauderdale later
this month and will try again to find an actual photograph
of one of the TBMs. The answer is too large for this page
so click below to read what I found.
Click here for the answers.
By the way, You can
make this Yank happy if you will pass my site on to any person
you know who is old enough to have been in WWII. I would love
stories to add to the site from the viewpoint of the French.
It can be Free French, Vichi French,
the very courageous French underground or even a story or
two from someone who endured the occupation.
to readers: If you have any more information on Flight 19,
please contact the editor. Click here or on the link at the
bottom of the page!
Joe Tillery (B-29 tail gunner in 1945) wrote:
I have searched for a good friend of mine
since 1947 when we were in college together in Cisco, Texas.
His name is Melvin Stokes. Melvin was rather closed mouth
about his war-time experiences in those days but he went through
some of the heaviest battles as the war was winding down.
As I recall, he mentioned Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
Before that, in 1944, we both graduated
from Sunset High school in Dallas Texas As soon as we graduated
from high school, Melvin went into the Marine Corps and I
into the Army Air Corps. Melvin would be in his middle 70's
by now and lived in or around Dallas for some years after
1947. I was his best man when he married Dolores. I would
appreciate any help that might be forthcoming.
to readers: If you knew this veteran, please contact the
editor. Click here or on the link at the bottom of the page!
This month will be the 55th Anniversary of the invasion of
IWO JIMA. My Father participated in the invasion force. He
was in the Army, Battery D-506th AAA Gun Battalion. His MOS.-2601
Fuse-setter Service Number-34014286. His rank T-5 and 36 years
old. He stayed on the island till September of 1945 He received
the Bronze star and good conduct medal. He retired from the
Army after 22 years. 9 Months and 15 days as an SFC. The story
he related to my grandfather and family....
One day a gaggle of P-38s arrived, the island not secured,
the pilots were informed to post a watch during the night.
Being tired, they fell asleep without posting the guard. The
next day, they were all found with their throats cut. I'm
sure there are more horrible stories than that, as 4300 GIs
were killed in the first 26 days of fighting. 2-19-45 3-16-45.
My Father was T-5 CECIL G. MERCER. If anyone knew him, I would
like to learn more about my Dad and his company. We never
lived together and now he is deceased.
Walter Cecil Mercer.
to readers: If you knew this veteran, please contact the
editor. Click here or on the link at the bottom of the
My name is Pat
Merris and today, 11/19/05, I visited my dad who was on
Iwo Jima in '45 to get info on his time there for a story
I want to write of his WW2 experiences. On Oct 15, 1945
he was on a C-47 flying from Iwo to Saipan that crashed
and he was one of five survivors out of 17 and spent 36
hours in the water before rescue. He had told me a story
of a group of pilot's killed in their tent not far from
his. He was with the 20th AAF and worked on P-38's. When
I got home, I was doing research and came onto your site.
I read all of the search requests and came on the Mercer
letter. I know the incidents are the same. He told me
how just to get water you went with a 5-man team because
the Japanese would come in to steal water and rations.
I would be glad to pass on any other info to the Mercer
family. Great site!
P.S. I have eight brothers and two sisters and we were
all in the military. With the years my dad spent in WW2
we have a combined total of 105 years military service.
Five of us are Vietnam era vets.
Pat, sadly Butch's (Walter C. Mercer) address has changed
and he hasn't kept me up to date. I will put your letter
in as a "Found." Maybe he will respond.
By the way, thank your Dad for me and thanks
to your whole family for your services to our country!
I would love to read your story when finished.
to Walter Cecil Mercer, his family or friends: If you
see this, please contact the editor. Click here or on
the link at the bottom of the page!
you remember Jay?
MARTIN HARPER, Jr., USMC
anyone out there who served with JAMES MARTIN HARPER, Jr.,
USMC, in WWII? He was my uncle and was killed in the invasion
of the New Georgia Islands in 1943.
I have obtained,
and read, the official Marine Corps version of his death which
differs from what the family was told at the time.
in the US MARINE CORPS 16 June 1937 in Washington, D.C. The
last two years of duty were served on the USS Mississippi
at Pearl Harbor. He was discharged 22 July 1941.
War II was declared he re-enlisted 9 February 1942 and was
assigned to the Amphibian Tractor Battalion at Dunedin, Florida.
He was later transferred to New River, North Carolina and
then sent to San Diego, California. He later sailed from San
Diego on the SS Lurline on 18 April 1943.
4 July 1943
his official Marine Corps record states "emb. Abd. USS
McCalla at Guadalcanal, SI and sailed therefrom. 5 Jul 43
landed on enemy territory New Georgia BSI."
He was in the
First Marine Raider Battalion, First Marine Raider Regiment.
His official records list a conflict regarding his date of
death. One states 9 July 1943, killed in action at Enogai
Point, New Georgia, BSI. However, his death certificate furnished
by the Marines states he was injured 9 July 1943; and lists
his date and time of death as 0630 hours, 10 July 1943. It
further states "sustained injury in action against an
organized enemy, from enemy sniper fire. Principal cause of
death: fracture compound, femur, left."
His death has
raised many questions in the family. The official cause of
death does not agree with what the family was told at the
time. As noted above, two different dates were given for his
Is there anyone
who has first hand knowledge of this battle and who, perhaps,
knew this Marine?
you can give on this would be greatly appreciated by the family.
I would appreciate
any first-hand information that anyone may have.
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you answer this?
Why did the U.S.
Government transfer $900,000 from the U.S. Treasury to General
MacArthur's personal bank account in or around 1942? This
turns up as a footnote in several books. We would like to
know more about this.
The local newspaper made
no mention of it
but that's probably because she is a conservative.
MARIE MACARTHUR, the wife of General-of-the-Army DOUGLAS
MACARTHUR turned 101 years of age on 28 December 1999.
The persons who asked about all the money sent to the
MacArthur bank account by the U. S. Treasury at the
beginning of the war may want to ask Mrs MacArthur about
MacArthur (Jean Marie Faircloth.)
from "American Caesar"by William Mabchester.
Taken in the late 30s.
Her address is:
Mrs Douglas MacArthur
Waldorf Astoria Towers
New York, New York 10022
Mrs MacArthur passed away on January 24, 2000. Click
here to read her obituary originally printed in the
New York Times.
does she live in the Waldorf Astoria? Oh, she's living
off all that money sent to their bank account . . .
Then, too, she may be living off the
she inherited from her stepfather
just before she married the General (p162)*. Neither
answer is correct.
In a show of what some cynics would say was an excessive
display of patriotism, the
Waldorf Management leased to the
MacArthurs Suite 37A (p663)*,
a $133.00 per day suite, for $450.00 per month (p679)*.
MacArthur died not
too long afterward. I suspect the Management never dreamed
that Mrs MacArthur would live forever. Even so, it was
a bargain for them.
character and integrity were such that one can be sure
that any money transferred to his account by the Treasury
was rightfully his. In this regard, one must consider
that he had been in the Phillipines in high positions
off and on since 1922. He
Philippine Field Marshall in 1936 and became U. S. Far
East Commander in 1941.Since the question, a
reasonable one, brings up the handling of money in connection
with the war in the Philippines, these actions should
be of interest:
a] As much
U. S. currency as could be gathered was brought to Corregidor
where it was burned. It amounted to several million
dollars. The names of the owners and the serial numbers
of the currency were noted and radioed to the Treasury
b] One submarine,
the Seawolf, brought in 37 tons of amunition.
MacArthur considered loading
the Philippine gold and silver on it for its return
trip, but decided to send army and navy aviators instead.
He told them that they were worth more than their "weight
in gold" to the future of the war effort (p244)*
The bullion sent out on the Trout was carried as ballast
the months the MacArthurs were on Corregidor five submarines
made seven safe voyages to the them (p244)*. One of
the high points of their stay there was departure of
the submarine Trout with 20 tons of gold and silver
belonging to Philippine government. The rest was dumped
into the bay. (p228).
d] The Swordfish
was sent in to evacuate President Quezon and other high
officials of the Philippine government. By this time
MacArthur believed that he would die on Corregidor at
the hands of the Japanese. Mrs Quezon suggested that
Mrs MacArhur and her son go out on the Swordfish. She
refused saying, "We have drunk from the same cup,
we three shall stay together" (p249)*. When the
submarie departed it carried in its hold "a footlocker
addressed to the Rigga National Bank of Washington,
that it be held in safekeeping until the MacArthurs'
legal heirs called for it. Within were his medals, their
wedding certificate, their wills, some stocks and bonds,less
than a hundred dollars in U. S. Currency, Arthur's baptismal
certificate, his first baby shoes, many photographs
of him, and several articles about the General which
Jean had clipped from magazines." (p252)*
refer to pages in the book American Caesar, Douglas
MacArthur, 1880-1964 by William Manchester who earned
his credentials in the Pacific War. He left the Marine
Corps at the end of WWII with 100 percent disability
from wounds suffered in battle. After three years of
reseach he changed his opinion of MacArthur from that
of a conceited commander to that ofan "American
You might ask these
There is also a
link there to The Douglas MacArther Foundation. Meanwhile,
I'll put your question on my site as a letter. Someone will
know. I'll let you know when it's posted.
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Pat.......I remember it was said that the President of the
Phillipines gave MacArthur that amount in gold which supposedly
represented wages owed to MacArthur.
I have read
this in several different books.
82nd Airborne Div.
don't know it, yet, but you have just joined the largest fraternity
in the world." This was said to my jump school class
the day of our graduation and I'll be damned if he wasn't
right. I spent four years in the 3/504 82nd Airborne Div.
and now am compiling a book for OUR BROTHERHOOD. Paratroopers.
I would appreciate ANYONE no matter what nationality, to send
me jump stories, combat, humorous yadda yadda yadda. Quotes,
anything pertaining to AIRBORNE.
And if possible pictures would be a great help as well. If
you'd like to send anything snail mail feel free, Scott Maynard
302 N. Pierce Amarillo, TX 79107. Thanks to all of you....Keep
your feet and knees together!
HQ CO 142nd INF, Naples, Foggia, Rome, Arno, So France,
Rhineland and Central Europe, WWII
Brian Boettcher wrote:
I have always been so proud of my Dad as
well as everyone who sacrificed themselves for us. I just
finished reading "Band of Brothers" by Steven Ambrose
(which I highly recommend), and can picture my father going
through the battles and challenges that E Company went through
in that book. There are so many stories and heroes from that
war; I just wish I could hear from some of my Father's buddies.
I appreciate your help on this. Even if I never hear a word
because of this, I appreciate being able to tell someone about
my Father. Thank You!
I am looking at my Dad's Discharge certificate.
His name is Rollin E. Boettcher, he was Infantry. His
grade was a "TEC 5" which I really don't know the
meaning. Dad was with HQ CO 142nd INF. The battles
and campaigns were "Naples, Foggia, Rome, Arno, So France,
Rhineland and Central Europe." He arrived in the ETO
on September 2, 1943, and left for the States an November
3, 1945. He was awarded a Good Conduct medal, Victory medal
for European African Middle Eastern Theater, a Ribbon w/one
Silver Battle Star, Bronze Service Arrowhead and four Overseas
Service Bars. I would love to know what all the medals were
for and what he had to have done to be awarded them.
Thank you very much for your time. Just
being able to tell some one about my Father keeps him alive
in my mind and the thought of talking or corresponding with
his buddies would be one of the high points in my life.
I have no information
on Rollin Boettcher, but I share your last name. It is not
a common last name. You may check out my father, Donald E.
Boettcher under awon.org/ Go
to the "our fathers" page and scroll down. Click
on his name and you will get his story.
Son of Donald Boettcher
Army Air Corps
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