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Biography
 
Last Name: 
DORSET
First Name Middle Initial:
VIRGIL JACKSON
Nick Name:
'JACK'
Street:  13825 LEXINGTON BOULEVARD #313 City & State: SUGAR LAND, TX E-Mail:  EMANNING81@AOL.COM
Zip: 77478 Phone:  Spouse: LAURIE
Conflict: WW II Service Branch: ARMY Unit: MEDICAL CORPS
Theater: Pacific Where Captured: BATAAN, P.I. Date Captured: 04/09/42
Camps Held In: BATAAN; BILIBID; CABANATUAN, PHILIPPINE ISLANDS; MOTOYAMA AND UBE, JAPAN How Long Interned: 1254 days
Liberated / repatriated: liberated Date Liberated: 09/14/45 Age at Capture: 33
Medals Received: AMERICAN THEATER RIBBON; WORLD WAR II VICTORY RIBBON; BRONZE STAR MEDAL; PHILIPPINE DEFENSE RIBBON; PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION
Military Job: PHYSICIAN Company: U.S. PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE
Occupation after War:  PHYSICIAN OF INTERNAL MEDICINE

 

Bio:

Virgil Jackson Dorset, of Sugar Land, Texas served with the U.S. Public Health Service in Manila, P.I. On December 24,1941, he volunteered for service with the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He was sent to Bataan and was Chief of the Medical Service at the time of the surrender of Bataan on April 9, 1942. About May 6th he was moved to Bilibid Prison and from there to Cabanatuan Prison Camp. In March 1944 he was moved to Ube, Japan.

Following the liberation of the Philippine Islands July 5, 1945, Jack was moved to Motoyama, Japan until the end of the war. He witnessed "an enormous white cloud which built up very rapidly and rose to a tremendous height", which was from the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki. On September 14, 1945 he was evacuated from Japan by the U.S. Navy and taken to Manila for processing.

At the time he held rank of Colonel, and was held many medals including, American Defense Ribbon; American Theater Ribbon; World War II Victory Ribbon; Bronze Star Medal; Philippine Defense Ribbon; Presidential Unit Citation.

Jack was formerly a member of the Florida chapter (lived in Largo, Florida) and a member of the Houston, Texas chapter since moving here in March of 1996. Jack also returned to the U.S. Public Health Service to practice as a physician of Internal Medicine until retirement.

Jack passed away on February 27, 1999. His Wife, Laurie Harris Dorset; daughter, Emily Dorset Manning; daughter, Sarah Dorset Robey; 6 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren survive him.

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