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November/December 2001
 

The Angels of Bataan and Corregidor. Madeline and Dorothy were among nearly100 military nurses who were captured in the Philippines after Pearl Harbor. The women spent three years living in squalid conditions, treating the wounded until they were liberated by American forces on Feb. 3, 1945. During their imprisonment, the nurse had to bow correctly every time they passed a Japanese captor. As supplies dwindled, the prisoners’ rations were cut in half, then in half again. Malnutrition, starvation and illness were rampant. “Every time the US took back an island, our rations were cut. The last ration we received in camp was two bags of moldy rice for more than 4,000 people,” Madeline once wrote.

DANNER, Dorothy Still, died June 16, 2001, at the Veterans Home in Boise, Idaho, at age 86. Dotty joined the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps in Dec. 1937, and served two years in Navy hospitals in California before being transferred in February 1940 to the Philippines. After her rescue at war’s end, Dorothy returned to the U.S., where she continued to serve her country in War Bond drives, nursing at the USN Hospital in Panama, and was discharged honorably from the U.S. Navy with the rank of LCDR, having been awarded the Bronze Star for valor and the POW Medal. She was married to Golburn Robert “Peck” Danner in 1947; he died shortly before the birth of their third child. Dotty supported her children as a nurse, and in the 1990’s, authored a successful book, “What A Way To Spend a War”, published by U.S. Naval Institute Press. Burial was Aug. 31, 2001 in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

 

 

ULLOM, Madeline M. died Sept. 26, 2001 at the Southern Arizona VAMC. She was 90. Madeline, born in 1911, graduated with honors from the nurses’ training program at Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia,  became an Army nurse in 1938 and was transferred to the Philippines in 1940. After liberation, Madeline earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing education and an honorary doctorate in humane letters. She was awarded two Bronze Stars, 3 Presidential Citations, the POW medal and other citations for her performance in the face of the enemy. She retired as a lieutenant colonel. In May, 2000, she was one of the first 50 veterans inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame in Phoenix. Madeline, who never married and lived for the last 18 years in the Winterhaven neighborhood of Phoenix, was buried with full military honors in Nebraska, where she was born.


 

ADAMS, Myrtle F. of Bridgeport, Texas passed away June 13, 2001. She was the beloved wife of Fred C. who was a POW in Germany Dec. 18, 1944-May 22, 1945.

ALDRICH, Dale, 80, of Ephrata, WA died Aug. 7, 2001. During WWII, he served with the 8th AF, 95th BG. He was interned in Stalag 17B for 17 months. Dale was a member of the Spokane-Inland Empire Chapter and a life member of AXPOW. He is survived by his wife Lila, two sons and one daughter.

BARNEY, John F. of Dana Point, CA passed away Aug. 11, 2001 at age 82. He was taken prisoner by the Japanese on Wake Island and later transferred to Japan where he remained until the end of the war. He is survived by his sister and nieces and nephews.

BOYD, Royce M., age 71, died Aug. 12, 2001 in Gillsville, GA. He was a life member of AXPOW. During the Korean War, he was with Hq. Co. 1st Bn, 9th Inf. Reg. 2nd Inf. Div. and spent 33 months as a POW. His loving wife Tobbie, 2 sons and their wives and 2 grandchildren survive him.

BOYER, Margaret, member of the Greater Atlanta Chapter and life member of AXPOW, died Sept. 16, 2001 in Rosewell, Georgia. She is survived by her husband John, who was a POW in Germany and served with the 44th Engineer Combat Battalion.

BUCKLEY, Patricia M., of Cohasset, wife of the late Raymond G. Buckley, passed away at her daughter’s home in Hanson, MA. Both Pat and Ray were active members of the Southeast Chapter, and the Dept. of Mass.,  AXPOW. Surviving are one daughter, 3 sons, 1 brother, 1 sister and 7 grandchildren.

CANESSA, Robert A., 81, of Lynn, MA, died Sept. 25, 2001. He served as a radioman and gunner aboard B-26 bombers in WWII and was shot down over Italy, captured and held in Stalag VIII and Luft IV. Surviving are his wife Dorothy, and one sister.

CHAMBERLAIN, Chester L. life member of AXPOW, passed away Aug. 5, 2000 at the age of 71. He was the loving husband of Edith M. Jansen Chamberlain, who was a civilian internee in Santo Tomas Internment Camp in Manila. In addition to Edith, Chester is survived by 5 children and 10 grandchildren.

CHRISTIANSON, Russell, 82, of Jamestown, ND, passed away March 23, 2001. He was former State Commander and member of the Dakota Plains Chapter, AXPOW. He is survived by his wife Eldora, 2 daughters, 2 sons, 6 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

CRISSWELL, Walter Allen, of Graham, TX, died Aug. 9, 2001. An AXPOW life member since 1988, he was taken POW at Corregidor. After being held POW in the Philippines, he was transferred to Japan aboard the Nagata Maru. He worked on the docks at Osaka and was later moved to Kobe and Tsugura. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lou, 2 sons, 2 daughters,  and 4 grandchildren.

DOWNEY, William H. age 83, died Sept. 1, 2001 in Sacramento, CA. A life member of AXPOW and member of the original 94th BG Association. During WWII, he served in the 410th BS, 94th BG with the 8th AF. He was shot down over France, captured and spent 23 months in various POW camps in Europe. Mr. Downey is survived by 1 son, 1 daughter, and 1 granddaughter.

EADS, Wesley, of Big Canoe, GA, passed away Aug. 22, 2001 at age 79. A prisoner of war during WWII, Mr. Eads is survived by his wife Marjorie, 2 sons, 1 daughter,  and 4 grandchildren.

ECKERT, Merle, of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away Sept. 18, 2001. Merle served with the 8th AF, 303rd BG, 359th BS during WWII, was shot down in Feb. 1945, and held in Dulag Luft, Nurnburg, Wetzler, 7A, 13D. His wife Ethel predeceased him; survivors include two sons, Terry and Randy.

FAUSTNER, Edwin, 78, of Biloxi, MS died Aug. 26, 2001. A native of Emmaus, PA, during WWII, he served in the Army and was a German POW. A life member of AXPOW, Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter, he served as Chapter Chaplain. Survivors include his wife Marion, and 8 sisters.

FLOOD, Robert J., co-founder and first Commander of the Hudson Valley Chapter (NY), AXPOW, died Aug. 25, 2001. Serving as a bombardier with the 369th BS 306th BG, 8th AF, he was shot down on his last mission in 1944 and held in Luft 1 for 13 months. He leaves his wife Kay, 3 sons, 1 daughter and 9 grandchildren.

FOY, Harry, 84, of Grand Forks, ND, died March 28, 2001. He was a member of the Dakota Plains Chapter. During WWII, he was held for 9 months in a POW camp. Survivors include 2 sons, 2 daughters and a number of grandchildren.

FULLMER, Lorretta E., 78, of Morgantown, WV, passed away Aug. 14, 2001. A member of the Barbed-Wire Mountaineers Chapter #1, she is survived by her husband Junior “Sparky”, 1 son, 1 daughter and 2 grandchildren.

HANNON, Stephen J., 79, of Mt. Lebanon, PA died recently at his home. During WWII, he was serving with the 15th AF when his plane was shot down over Bremen. He spent the next 14 months as a POW. After the war, Mr. Hannon became active in the Pittsburgh Chapter, AXPOW. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ana, 2 children, and 5 grandchildren.

HARWOOD, Florence, 75, of Mount Holly, Vermont died September 29, 2001. She was a life member of AXPOW and of the Vermont Chapter #1 which she served as Adjutant, Treasurer and Historian the past eight years. Besides her husband Raymond J, who has served seven years as chapter Commander, she is survived by three daughters, one son, eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one brother.

HERRICK, Jean Ainsworth Rhodes, 77 of Norman, OK died June 1, 2001. Mrs. Herrick taught Latin in the Classics Dept. at the University of Oklahoma until her retirement in 1993. Her husband, Theodore died in 1993. He was a POW in Luft III and VIIA. Survivors include 1 daughter, 1 grandson, 1 great-granddaughter, and 1 brother.

HEWETT, Sidney H., 81,  passed away in New Jersey on Aug. 20, 2001. He served in the 8th AF as a P-47 fighter pilot attached to the 356th FG, 365th FS, was captured at Nienburg, Germany and was held in Luft III and VIIA. A member of Garden State Chapter 2, he is survived by his wife Doris, 1 daughter, 1 son, and 3 grandchildren.

HOLMAN, Ray Austin of Woodward, OK, passed away June 23, 2001 at age 77. He served with the 1st Division Co. K, 18th Inf. And was on the first wave at Omaha Beach. He was held 7 months in XIB, IIB and several farms before being liberated. A member of the Oklahoma Panhandle Chapter, AXPOW, he is survived by his wife Wilma.

JENSEN, Raymond, 78, of Nashwank, MN passed away May 4, 2001. He served with the 11th Airborne  before capture and was a member of the Arrowhead Chapter, AXPOW. He is survived by his wife Jean, 4 sons, and 12 grandchildren.

JOHNSON, Irwan, 82, of Devils Lake, ND, died Sept. 20, 2001. A member of the Dakota Plains Chapter, AXPOW, he served in the AAC during WWII and later retired from the Air Force. He is survived by his wife Lorraine, 3 daughters, 1 son, 4 stepsons, 16 grandchildren and 1 brother.

JOHNSON, Sara E., 77 a life member of Yuma, AZ Chapter, AXPOW, passed away June 26, 2001. She was the Adjutant of the Chapter. Survivors include her husband Leonard (42nd Rainbow Div, POW in Germany), 1 daughter, 1 son and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

JONES, David E. of Pensacola, FL died July 12, 2001 at age 80. Mr. Jones was captured on Corregidor and held for nearly 3 ½ years as a POW in the Philippines and Japan. He is survived by his wife Natalie, 1 son, 3 grandsons, 1 brother, 2 sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.

KING, Russell D. 81, of La Crescenta, CA passed away Sept. 10, 2001. A life member of AXPOW, he was captured in Germany while serving with the 10th Div during the Battle of the Bulge. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Pauline and 2 sons.

KIRKPATRICK, Donald Sr., 75, of Newbury Township died Sept. 16, 2001. He served in the Army during WWII, was captured and held in Germany until liberation. A member of Capital City Chapter, AXPOW, he is survived by his wife Nancy, 1 daughter, 3 sons and 6 grandchildren.

LAW, Charles Jr., 60; led Pueblo Crew in captivity, passed away recently. A survivor of the North Korean attack on the U.S. intelligence ship Pueblo who was brutally beaten and starved to the point of blindness during the 11 months of the crew’s captivity he was chosen as the leader of the Pueblo’s 77 enlisted men when they were segregated from Cmdr. Lloyd “Pete” Bucher and the other officers Jan. 23, 1968, the day North Korean forces attacked and seized the ship in international waters.

LIAN, Elmer, 83, of Grand Forks, ND died June 2, 2001. He was Commander of the Dakota Plains Chapter, AXPOW. During WWII, he was co-pilot on a B-17 when it was shot down, and he spent the next 9 months in Luft 1. He is survived by his wife, Edwina, 1 daughter, 1 son, 4 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters, and 1 brother.

LUTTRELL, William (Bill), active member of the Smoky Mountain Chapter, AXPOW, where he had served as chapter Commander, passed away Oct. 2, 2001 in West Knoxville, TN. He served in the Army during WWII, was captured at Faid Pass and held 26 months in POW camps until liberation. Survivors include 1 daughter, 2 sons, 2 stepsons, and 10 grandchildren.

MacDONALD, R. K. (Bob), passed away September, 2001 in Dillon Montana. Bob was born in the Philippines while his parents were missionaries. When the Japanese invaded Bob and his parents were placed interned in a POW camp in Los Banos. They were rescued by US paratroopers on 2-23-45 after two years in camp. Bob served in the Korean conflict and then came back to Montana to continue his teaching career.

MARK, Marvin A., 70, passed away July 29, 2001 in Branson, MO. He served in the Army during WWII as a member of the 228th Signal Operations Co (SEP) in the Philippines. He survived the Bataan Death March and 42 months of captivity before liberation. He leaves his loving wife Virginia, 2 daughters, 1 son, 3 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

McARDLE, Robert F “Scotty”, of Dearborn, MI, died August 26, 2001. An AXPOW life member since 1989, he was a member of the Wolverine Chapter. Scotty was a Gunny Sgt. In the 4th Marines serving first in Shanghai and then the Philippines. He was captured on Corregidor and spent 3 ½ years in POW camps. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, 2 daughters, 1 son, 1 brother, 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

McCLELLAN, Robert V, of Bothell, WA, died August 27, 2001. McClellan was an AXPOW life member since 1984, and a member of the Evergreen Chapter. He served in the 19th Air Base Sq. during WWII and was a survivor of the Bataan Death March and several POW camps in the Philippines. He leaves his wife Helen, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 1 brother and 1 sister.

MILLER, Gordon B., 76, of Duluth, MN passed away March 2, 2001. He served with the 5th Army, 36th Div, 143rd Inf., was captured in Italy and held 16 months. He was a life member of AXPOW and member of the Lake Superior Chapter. Survivors include his wife Grace, 1 daughter, 1 son, 2 sisters, 4 brothers, 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

MORGAN, Isaac Alvin, passed away August 2, 2001, in Plano, Texas at the age of 85. He was a member of the Texas National Guard, Second Battalion, 131st. Field Artillery, Battery D, that ended up being the famed “Lost Battalion”. He and fellow prisoners were forced to build the Burma-Thailand Railroad. He spent 3 yrs, 10 mos. in captivity before being liberated August 30, 1945. He was preceded in death by his wife, Claire. He is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, and 8 grandchildren.

MORK, Kendal, 82 of Hatton, ND died April 3, 2001. A  member of the Dakota Plains Chapter, he flew B-17s during WWII and was held in Germany. He is survived by 1 son, 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren and great-grandchildren and 1 sister.

MORRIS, Eugene, of Bloomfield Township, MI, passed away Aug. 1, 2001 in Miami, FL. During WWII, he served as a bombardier on B17s, was captured by the Germans in 1944 and held until the end of the war. Survivors include his wife Betty Jeanne, 1 daughter, 1 son, 2 grandchildren, 1 sister and 1 brother.

MONTGOMERY, Arthur A. of San Angelo, TX passed away Aug. 14, 2001 at age 80. While serving as a S/Sgt and aerial gunner with the 8th AF on a B17, he was shot down and held 10 months in Luft IV. He leaves 1 son and 2 daughters, 2 brothers, 1 sister,  5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

MULLAUER, Robert, Chapter Sr. Vice Commander of the Barbed Wire Seminole Chapter, AXPOW, passed away Aug. 8, 001 in Dunedin, FL. He served with the 36th Inf. Div in Africa and Italy, was captured in Italy and held more than 2 years in Stalag 2B. He leaves 1 son, 2 daughters and 8 grandchildren.

NIX, Hazel Elaine Sievwright (age 78) died Aug. 9, 2001 at the Wisconsin Veterans Home. 1st Lt. Hazel Sievwright married the late Asbury Nix while he was recovering from being a POW in Hanama, Japan. Along with her husband, she had been actively involved with many veterans’ service organizations, including AXPOW, DAV, and VFW. She leaves 5 daughters, 3 sons, 11 grandchildren, 2 sisters, 4 brothers and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

PIRONE, Mary, loving wife of 54 years to Carmine, passed away Sept. 17, 2001 in West New York, NJ. Mary was a member of New Jersey Chapter 3, AXPOW. She is survived by her husband, 1 son, 2 daughters, 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.. She will be truly missed by her family and friends.

PRICE, Helen J. age 81, of Hemet, CA died Sept. 19, 2001. She was the loving wife of ex-POW Jesse who was held in Germany during WWII. A life member of AXPOW since 1973, she was active in the Anaheim Chapter and later the Inland Empire Chapter in California.

PURCELL, Thomas Irvin of Wilmington, NC died Sept. 9, 2001. Tom served with the 422nd Reg. of the 106th Inf. Div (Golden Lion) and was captured during the Battle of the Bulge. He was recently commander of the Cape Fear Chapter, AXPOW. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Alice, 3 daughters, 1 son, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

PURDY, William E., Jr. age 80 of Fitzgerald, Georgia, died Oct. 4, 2001. He was assigned to the 8th AF, 95th BG, 412 BS as a radio operator/gunner when he was shot down over Germany and taken by boxcar to Luft IV before being forced on the “black bread march”. He is survived by his wife Genny, 1 daughter and 1 grandson.

REICHERT, Edward, 76, of Brooksville, FL died July 30, 2001. He was a S/Sgt with the 28th Div, 110th Inf. During WWII, landed on Normandy Beach and was captured in the Battle of the Bulge. He leaves his wife Shirley, 2 brothers, and 6 sisters.

ROBBINS, Lyle W. 91, of Peoria, IL passed away Aug. 15, 2001. He was an active member of the Arthur Ecklund Chapter, AXPOW from its inception to its disbanding. During WWII, he served in the Army from 1943-1945 and was captured and held from Aug. 1944- April 1945. His wife Martha, 1 daughter, 1 stepdaughter, 1 brother, 2 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews survive him.

SCHWARK, David D., a former POW held in Korea for 28 months, passed away June 24, 2001 in Blythe, CA at the age of 69. He leaves behind his wife Opie, 2 sons, 1 daughter and 1 grandson.

SCHWERMER, Milton C., 77, of Michigan City, IN died June 23, 2001. During WWII, he served with the 571st BS, 390th BG of the 8th AF and was shot down and held in Stalag 17B for 21 months. A life member of AXPOW and the Indiana Dunes Chapter, he is survived by his wife Lenora, 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren and 2 sisters.

SLY, Alan, 84, of Valley City, ND died March 18, 2001. He was thought to be one of the last North Dakota survivors of the Bataan Death March, and was a POW in Japan. He is survived by 1 daughter, 1 stepdaughter, 3 brothers, 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

SPANGLER, Willard G., 85, passed away Sept. 28, 2001. He was one of the first members of the Iowa Great Lakes Chapter, AXPOW and a great friend. During WWII, he was co-pilot on a B17 when his plane was badly damaged. He managed to land the plane on German soil, and for his bravery was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Maurine.

SWANSON, Raymond Q. age 82, died July 19, 2001 in Tulsa, OK. He served with the 44th Eng. Combat Bttn  during WWII. He leaves his loving wife Savola, 2 children, 2 stepchildren, 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

VARNER, Vernon W. author of “Vernon Varner’s Challenge” passed away October 9, 2001 at age 76. Mr. Varner served with the 88th Div, Company F 351, Blue Devil Division in Italy, was captured and held in Stalag 7A. A life member of AXPOW, he felt strongly that the work the organization does benefits all veterans. He leaves his wife of more than 50 years, Mary, 2 daughters and three grandchildren.

WALKER, Julian, 78 of Deland, FL died June 16, 2001. During WWII, he served with the 91st BG and 401st BS as a bombardier on a B17. He was shot down over Germany and held in Luft IV, then marched, then to Stalag 357. A life member of AXPOW and Florida Central East Chapter, he leaves his wife Gerri, 2 daughters, 1sister, 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

WARRING, William H. of Santa Maria, CA, passed away Sept. 10, 2001 at age 80. He was a B17 pilot in the Air Force until capture and incarceration in Stalag Luft III. Beloved husband and father, Bill served his country well.

WEBER, Dale W, of Hickville, OH, died August 28, 2001. An AXPOW life member since 1980, he was a member of the Indiana Hoosier Chapter. He served with the 15 AF, 459 BG, 758 BS. He survived the 500-mile winter march (and helped Leonard Rose do the same), and was held in Stalag Luft IV. He leaves his wife Iris, 1 son, and 3 grandchildren.

WEISS, Roy L., of Fruitvale, TX died Aug. 7, 2001 at age 86. He was a member of Co. E, 143rd Inf., 36th Div, captured at Salerno, Italy. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary, 1 son, 3 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

WERTH, Willard, age 80, of Viroqua, WI died Aug. 20, 2001. During WWII, he was in the AAF, 301st BG, 352nd BS, and was shot down July 22, 1943. He was a member of Coulee Region AXPOW and is survived by his wife, 1 son, 1 daughter and 5 grandchildren.

WILSON, James, Tiger Survivor of Company B, 21st Infantry Regiment of the 24th Infantry Division passed away on Sunday September 23, 2001, at age 70. Jim served 27 years in the Army and then worked in Civil Service for some years. He leaves his wife Mary Rose.
 


October 2001
 


ALBERTSON, Harry E.
of Sea Isle City, NJ, past Chapter Commander of the Tri-State Chapter, passed away Aug. 1, 2001. Captured during the Battle of the Bulge while serving in the 106 Div, 422 Inf, H Company, he was held in Stalags 9B, 13B and 7A. He is survived by his wife Gladys, 2 sons and 2 grandchildren.

ALDERMAN, Chester C, of San Antonio, TX, died July 28, 2001.  He was a life member of AXPOW since 1994, and a member of the San Antonio Chapter.  He served with the 4 USMC and was a POW in Osaka, Tsuruga, Umeda Bunsho and Cabanatuan.  He is survived by Mary L, his wife of 36 years.

ANGUS, Harry W. II, 77, of Belleville, IL passed away July 5, 2001 at age 77. He served in WWII as a radio operator-aerial gunner with the 8th AF 96 BG, on a B-17. He was shot down and held POW for 15 months. Mr. Angus also served in Korea and Vietnam before retiring. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Evelyn, 1 daughter, 1 son, 4 granddaughters, and 6 great-grandchildren.

ARONHALT, James E., age 80, died May 15, 2001 in Akron, OH. He served in WWII with the 29th Engineers (ETO)  and was held POW. A life member of AXPOW, he leaves his wife of nearly 59 years, Bernice.

BAUDINO, Lawrence J. of Joliet, IL died June 12, 2001. He and his wife were both life members of AXPOW. During WWII, he served with the 28th Div CO. L, 112th Inf. He was taken prisoner at St. Lo and held in Stalag 7A until liberation. In addition to his wife of 54, he leaves 1 daughter, 2 sons, 5 granddaughters and 1 great-granddaughter.

BARGMANN, Kenneth H. 77, of Silver Spring, MD died July 29, 2001. During WWII, he served in the 2nd Ranger Div, in the first wave of the D-Day invasion of France. He was wounded and captured in June, 1944 and liberated in Feb. 1945. Ken was interned in 4B and 3C, near Luckenwalde, Germany. He was a life member of AXPOW and the Mid-MD Chapter. In the mid 1990s, Ken was VA project officer for the WWII 50th Anniversary commemoration and he served as Executive Director, National Capitol Office in 1999 and 2000. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Inez, 3 sons, 1 daughter, 1 brother and 6 grandchildren.

BEHLING, Jackson D., 77, passed away July 15, 2001. He was a life member of AXPOW and served as Commander of the Tulsa chapter. During WWII he served in the 106 Inf Div and was captured in the Battle of the Bulge. Jack is survived by his wife Marianne, 3 daughters, 1 brother, 2 step-children and numerous grandchildren.

BOUCHER, Vera, 76, of Spring Hill, Fl. died July 23, 2001.  She was a member of Florida State Chapter #1.  She is survived by her husband Armand , 4 daughters, 1 son and 16 grandchildren.

CASERTA, Frank, passed away June 17, 2001 at age 76. He served with the 232 Inf. 42nd Div during WWII and was held in Stalags 5A, 11A and 3A until liberation. Mr. Caserta is survived by his wife Lorraine, 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren.

CRISWELL, Walter Allen, of Graham, TX, died August 9, 2001.  An AXPOW life member since 1988, he was a POW in Corregidor, Kobe, Cabanatuan 2 and Osaka.  He is survived by his wife, Lou.

CURLEY, Kenneth D. of Penn Hills, PA passed away at age 83.  During WWII he served as an artilleryman and was taken prisoner on Corregidor in May 1942. He then spent 41 months in Japanese POW camps. Along with friend John Emerick, he championed the movement that led to a 1981 pilot program being established at the Pittsburgh VAMC to help former POWs receive benefits and medical care.An active member of ADBC, he is survived by his wife Mary, and one son.

DEOCAMPO, Maura, a resident of Lakewood, WA., passed away recently. She was a member of the Tacoma, WA. Chapter and a National member and is survived by her husband Salvador.

DIX, Frank Jasper, 80, of Whitingham, VT died Aug. 5, 2001. He served in the infantry during WWII, was captured in Santa Maria, Italy and held in a German POW camp until liberation. A member of the Vermont Chapter, AXPOW, he is survived by his wife Geneva, 4 sons, 2 sisters, 15 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

DRAKE, Elmer S, Wake Island Marine survivor, passed away March 17, 2001. He was buried with full military honors at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, OR. Survivors include his wife Edith, and 4 children.

DRUM, Marybelle, loving wife of 57 years to Marvin, passed away March 22, 2001 in Garland, Texas. Marybelle is survived by her husband, 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

FEINSTEIN, Seymour (Sy), of Pompano Beach, FL and a member of the S. Palm Beach Chapter, AXPOW, passed away July 18, 2001. Survivors include a daughter, Rona.

FLANAGAN, Miriam  a member of the  W. Central Fla. Chapter who lived in  Homosassa, FL died August 11, 2001. Miriam was the widow of Charles M. Flanagan, POW in Stalags 12A and 2C. Survivors include one son, Mike.

GRAMSE, Norbert P. of Williamsville, NY died July 20, 2001. Serving in the infantry during WWII, he was taken prisoner in Germany during the Battle of the Bulge. A member of Western New York Chapter, AXPOW, he is survived by his sister Florence and nieces and nephews.

HANSEN, Charles A. age 84, of Free Sail, MI, passed away March 31, 2001. He served in WWII with the 1st Armored Div, 81st Recon. Bn and was captured near Kasserine Pass in Feb. 1943. He spent the next 28 months in several POW camps. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Evelyn, 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren.

HARTSFIELD, Durwood, of Austin TX, died July 21, 2001.  He served in the Army and was a POW in Stalag 9B.  An AXPOW member since 1991, he was a member of the Concho Valley Chapter.  He is survived by his wife,  Armenta.

JONES,  David E.  of the Emerald Coast Chapter, Pensacola, FL died July 12, 2001. During WWII, he served in the Navy and was held in Formosa, Yokohama, Sendai, Japan. Survivors include his wife, Natalie.

JORDAN, Clayton, died August 9,2001 at his home in Port Orange, FL .He was a member of AXPOW and the East Central Florida Chapter. He served in WWII as a SGT with the 106 Inf Div. and was a POW at Stalags 12A, 4B, and 3A. A  Vermont native, he was buried there. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ruth. There were no children.

KELLY, Royce E. Sr. of Jackson, MS died Aug 8, 2001 at the age of 79. He served with the 463rd BG, 772 BS and was shot down over Yugoslavia and taken prisoner. He spent 6 ½ months in Luft 4. A life member of AXPOW and former commander of Mississippi Chapter, he is survived by his loving wife, Cleo, 1 son, 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

KOSSACK, Walter H. 83, died May 24, 2001 at Des Moines, WA. He served as a fighter pilot with the 355th FG, 89th AF in Europe, stationed in England. He was shot down and held in Luft 1, Barth. His wife predeceased him. He is survived by long time friend, Clara Sias.

KROEGER, Charles R. (Bud), age 88, died May 15, 2001 in Cambridge, MA. During WWII, Bud’s whole battalion was captured in Alsace-Lorraine, France while fighting the Battle of the Bulge, and he was held in Stalag 7A and Baden Baden. A life member of AXPOW, Bud is survived by 1 daughter, 3 sons, 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

LARSON, Irene L. age 75, died July 31, 2001. A resident of Fergus Falls, MN, she and her husband Clarence were longtime members of the Red River Chapter, AXPOW. Clarence spent 3 ½ years as a Japanese POW while serving with the 19th AB SQ, Nichols Field during WWII. Irene leaves her husband and 2 sons, 2 daughters, and 3 grandchildren.

LIBUCKA, Josephine, wife of Theophil, passed away April 4, 2001. A life member of AXPOW, she and her husband were residents of Central Falls, RI.

LONG, James Clark, passed away Aug. 5, 2001 at Durand, MI at the age of 78. He was in the 8th AF, 493rd BG as a Ball turret gunner on a B-17 when he was captured. He leaves his loving wife of 58 years, Laura, 1 daughter and 2 sons.

LUCAS, Kenneth D. a member of Willamette Valley Chapter, AXPOW, passed away Apr. 21, 2001 at the age of 81. He was a bombardier on a B-17, shot down over Germany, was captured and ended up at Stalag Luft 3 until liberation. He leaves his wife Louise, 4 sons, 1 daughter, 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

McDONALD, Richard of St. Petersburg, FL, died July 1, 2001, in Massachusetts.  He was 83 years of age.  He flew P51s in WW II and was a POW in Stalag Luft I.  He flew jets in Korea.  He is survived by Ellen, his wife of 38 years, 2 daughters, one son, and 7 grandchildren.

MEIER, Isabelle B., beloved wife of Willis, passed away June 21, 2001. She was a member of the Greater St. Louis Chapter, AXPOW. Her husband served during WWII with the 8th AF, 445th BG, 702 BS.

MIRABAL, John J. 80, “The best fisherman the Pecos River ever saw” and resident of Tularosa, NM died June 15, 2001. He served in the 60th Coast Artillery Battery K, was captured on Corregidor and spent 3 ½ years in Cabanatuan, Teruga,  and Japan. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Yolanda, 2 daughters, 3 sons and 5 grandchildren.

MORRISON, William of Ormond Beach, FL died Aug. 3, 2001. He was an Army Air Force veteran of WWII, serving with the 385th BG and 550th BS before he was shot down Feb.1944. Predeceased by Wife Flo, he is survived by one son and two daughters.

MULLAUER, Bob, life member since 1987, SVC of the Barbed Wire Seminole Chapter died unexpectedly in his home in Dunedin FL on Aug. 8, 2001. Bob was in the U.S. Army during WWII and was a POW, Stalag 2B, for 30 months in Germany.  His wife passed away four years ago. Survivors include two daughters, a son, and eight grandchildren.

NOONAN, Maurice C. “Moe” member of the Liberty Bell Chapter, AXPOW, died in July 2001. A member of the 94th BG (H), 8th AF, he was shot down in 1943 and interned at Dulag Luft and 17B. He was liberated by the 13th Armored Div of the 3rd Army in 1945. He leaves his wife Annette.

PETTINGILL, Don C. passed away July 15, 2001 in Grand Rapids, MI. Formerly a member of Company B, 275th Inf. 70th Div, Don was incarcerated in Stalag IXB. He is survived by a daughter, Kathy. His wife preceded him in death.

PIPP, Edwin G. of Detroit MI, died June 19, 2001 in Douglas, GA. He served with the 8th AF during WWII, was captured and held until liberation. After the war, he became a nationally respected aviation writer. He is survived by his wife Donna, 3 daughters, 2 sons and 6 grandchildren.

REAHM, George E .of Downington, PA passed away Jan. 28, 2001 at the age of 79. George served in the infantry during WWII, was captured in France and held until liberation. He was a member of the Brandywine Chapter, AXPOW and is survived by his wife of 55 years, Anna, and two sisters.

ROBINSON, Lloyd L, of Edinburg, TX, died 08/12/01.  An AXPOW life member since 1975, he was a member of the Rio Grande Valley Chapter.  He was held in Japanese POW camps for 3 ½ years.  He is survived by his wife, Loretta.

ROMANO, Samuel, 89, of Clarksburg, WV, passed away April 29, 2001. During WWII, he served in the Army and was held POW for 26 months. His wife Madeline, predeceased him; he is survived by one stepson, 1 step-granddaughter, 3 brothers, and several nieces and nephews.

RUBARD, James John, 81, of Charleston, Catsonville, MD died July 23, 2001. During WWII he was assigned in the Philippines and captured during the fall of Corregidor and held until liberation. A life member of AXPOW and MD North Chapter, he is survived by 2 sons and 3 grandchildren. His wife, Eleanor predeceased him.

SHEARER, Jacob “Buzz” of Tampa, FL passed away July 27, 2001. He was a life member of AXPOW and the Greater Tampa Bay Chapter. He served in the AAF with the 305th BG, 365 BS, 8th AF, was shot down in 1944 and survived the long winter march from Stalag Luft III. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Francis, and 1 son.

SILVESTRI, Nicholas J. 79, of Baltimore, MD passed away Aug. 5, 2001. He served in WWII with Co D, 84th Inf and was held POW in Stalag 2A.  He leaves his wife Patricia, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 3 stepchildren, 1 brother, 1 sister, 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

STEWART, Mary Jo, age 70, passed away July 15, 2001 in Tulsa OK. Beloved wife of Shawnee she was an active member of the Tulsa Chapter, AXPOW. She leaves her husband, 1 sister, 1 son, 1 daughter and 4 grandchildren.

STIEFEL, Max Allen, of Laguna Woods, CA, passed way June 13, 2001.   A native of San Antonio, he was assigned as a B-24 Navigator, with the 66 BS 44 BG H.  Shot down over Austria, he went through the Oberusel Interrogation Center, Dulag Luft, and eventually arrived at Luft 3, then Stalag 7A.  He was an AXPOW life member since 1979

STUDZINSKI, Edward, 76, life member of Barbed Wire Buckeye Chapter, AXPOW, passed away May 8, 2001. Edward landed in the 2nd wave at Omaha Beach on D-Day, was captured and spent 9 months in several POW camps until liberation. Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Rita, 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

SUEFEL, Max Allen, 85, of Laguna Woods, CA died June 13, 2001. He served with the 141st Inf Div, 36 Div as a navigator on a B-24 with the 66th BS, 44th BG (H) out of England. He was captured in Austria and held in Luft III Sagan, then moved to VII-A until liberation. He is survived by 1 son, 2 daughters, and 1 sister.

SWANSON, Raymond, of Beggs, OK, died July 19, 2001. During WWII, he served with the 44th Eng Combat Bn and captured during the Battle of the Bulge, then marched through the winter of 44-45 until liberation. He leaves his wife Savola, 1 son, 1 daughter, 2 step-children, 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

THOMAS, George D. passed away June 8, 2001 at his home in Everett, PA at the age of 83. He served in Pattons’s 3rd Army during WWII, was captured in France and held prisoner until liberation. A member of Southern Alleghenies Chapter, AXPOW, he leaves his wife of 56 years,  Catharin, 5 daughters, 5 granddaughters and 5 grandsons.

TILLEY, Harvell V. of Ethelsville, AL died July 24, 2001 at the age of 78. While serving in the Army during WWII, he was captured in Italy and held prisoner for 14 months. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Zettie, 2 daughters, 1 son, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

TOWNSDIN, J. Roy, of Fayetteville, Arkansas died July 10, 2001 in St. Cloud, MN. He served with the 4th Marines on Bataan and Corregidor and spent 33 months as a POW at Cabanatuan, Neilson Field and Bilibid. He leaves his wife of 53 years, Mary Jane, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson.

VILES, Ernest A. a member of the Ark-La-Tex Chapter since 1987, passed away July 14, 2001 in Shreveport, LA. He is survived by his wife Vera, 2 sons, 2 step-daughters, 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and a multitude of friends.

WALKER, Julian Walker, of Deland, FL died June 16, 2001. He was a member of the East Central FL Chapter, AXPOW.  During WWII, he served with the 91st BG, 401stBS, 8th AF, and was a POW in Stalag Luft IV and 357. He is survived by  his wife, Gerry.

WALTERS, Thelma, 74, of Pikesville, MD died July 10, 2001. He husband, Anthony Warren served in Co. K 104th Inf Reg, 26th Div and was held in 2A, 12A and Arbeit Kommando D-610 and Station II-E.  A member of MD North Chapter, AXPOW, she is survived by her husband, 3 sons, 1 daughter, 1 sister, 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

WILLS, Robert of North Augusta, SC died March 20, 2001. He was a member of the Greater Augusta Chapter, AXPOW. During WWII, Bob served with the AAC, and spent time as a POW in Europe. Survivors include his wife Eleanor, 2 sons, 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. “Bob was special and we shall miss him.”

WILSON, Warren F. of Port Ludlow, WA died March 22, 2001. He was a member of the Olympia Peninsula Chapter, AXPOW. During WWII, he served in the 8th AF, 306th BG, 368th BS and was a POW in Lufts 4 and 1. He is survived by his wife Marilyn.

ZIMMERMAN, Walter J. age 76, of Elkton, FL passed away June 14, 2001. He served with the 92nd BG (H) 326th BS and was shot down over the North Sea, captured and held in Stalag 17B. He is survived by his wife Rosemarie, 6 children, 3 step-children and many grandchildren.

 


September 2001
 

ALDRICH, John, 81, of Valrico, FL died April 7, 2001. He served with the AAF during WWII and was a survivor of the Bataan Death March and captivity in the Philippines. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Lee; 1 son and 2 grandsons.

BATTISTI, John R., 82, of Harmony Township, PA, passed away June 18, 2001. During WWII, he served with the US Army HQ Co, 1st Battalion, 18th Inf. Reg. 1st Div. He was captured in North Africa in Dec. 1942, escaped, was recaptured in Italy and sent to Germany until liberation. He leaves his wife Louise, 2 daughters, 1 son, 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and 2 sisters.

BERTHEAUD, Lionel Aloysius, a member of South LA Chapter, died June 18, 2001 at age 79. He was a Marine Corps veteran of WWII and held for 3 years in Japan. Survivors include 2 daughters, 1 grandchild and 1 sister.

BIER, Jesse, of Seabrook, NH and Haverhill, MA passed away June 1, 2001 in York, PA. He was a survivor of the Bataan Death March and the sinking of the Shinyo Maru, where he swam ashore and was eventually rescued by a US submarine. He is survived by one son in Pennsylvania; his wife predeceased him.

BILTON, James Woodrow, of St. George, SC died May 25, 2001. Mr. Bilton entered the Army in 1941 and served in the 29th Inf in Iceland, England, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. He leaves his wife Lurene, 4 sons, 1 sister, 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

BOZMAN, Vaughn C. of Crewe, Virginia, died July 3, 2001. “Slim” served in the US Army during WWII and was captured in Dec. 1944 and escaped in April 1945. A member of the Denny Landrum Chapter, AXPOW, “Slim” leaves his loving wife Rose and 1 son and 1 daughter.

BRADSHAW, Jack, of Fremont, NC died April 7, 2001. During WWII, he was a POW in Germany. He was a charter member of the Coastal Plains Chapter, AXPOW and is survived by his wife Agnes.

BRANCHAW, Dora M., widow of Joseph, passed away June 16, 2001 at age 80. She and her late husband (US Army, 44th Inf., Stalag 4B) were active members of the Mile High Chapter, AXPOW. She is survived by 3 daughters, 1 son, 10 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

BRANDON, Robert G., 86 of Lonoke, AR, passed away June 1, 2001. He served with the 552nd Inf, 9th Div and was captured near Bastogne, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. He was imprisoned at Stalag 9B until liberation. A member of the Arkansas Chapter #1, AXPOW, he is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lucy, 2 sons, 4 sisters, and 5 grandchildren.

BREWER, Richard, 75, of Phenix City, AL, passed away May 23, 2001. He was captured at Normandy and incarcerated in Bad Orb Stalag 9B. A life member of AXPOW and the Dept. of Georgia, Mr. Brewer is survived by his loving wife, Brigitte, 1 brother, 1 sister, 2 nephews and several great-nephews and nieces.

BRUCATO, Louis R. of Orland Park, IL died June 20, 2001 at age 84. He was a member of the Greater Chicago Chapter, AXPOW. During WWII, he served with the 91st Field Artillery of the 1st Armored Division and was captured at Faid Pass and held in Germany for 27 months. He leaves his wife of 55 years, Lenora, 3 daughters, 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

BUTCH, Anthony C., of Oxford, OH, passed away June 12, 2001, age 76. He volunteered for Army Infantry and was a replacement for 34th Inf. Div. in Co. L 133 Reg. 5th Army, when he was captured and held in VII-A. A member of OKI Chapter, AXPOW, he is survived by his wife Rosann, 2 daughters, 1 son, and 2 grandchildren.

BYRD, William A., 81, member of Piedmont Chapter #1, died July 5, 2001. He served in the Army during WWII and was a prisoner of war for some time. He leaves his wife Faye, 1 son and 1 daughter.

CANFIELD, Elmer R., 84, of Nampa, ID passed away April 25, 2001. He was a member of the 447th BG on detached service with 413th Pathfinder Sq. as a Radar Nav/Bomb, shot down and held in Luft 3 until liberation. He is survived by his wife Jane, 1 daughter and 1 granddaughter.

CASERTA, Frank, member of the Brooklyn Key Chapter, AXPOW, died June 17, 2001 at age 76. He served with the 232nd  Inf. 42nd  Div. and was interned in Stalags 5A, 11A and 3A. He leaves his wife Lorainne, 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren.

CARMAN, H.R. (Bob), 79, of Tulsa, OK, passed away June 28, 2001. He was a fighter pilot in the 5th AF during the Korean conflict and was captured. Bob was a member of the Tulsa Chapter, AXPOW and past commander of the Korean POWs. He leaves his wife Nancy, 2 sons, 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren.

CRAWFORD, George E., 87, passed away June 9, 2001 in Pana, IL. A member of the 101st Airborne, he jumped at Normandy and was wounded and captured June 9, 1944. He is survived by five children, 8 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

DAILEY, Betty J., age 73, of Nevada, MO,  passed away June 1, 2001. Beloved wife of Roy, Betty is also survived by 2 sons and 1 stepdaughter. Both were life members of AXPOW.

DAVIS, Arche E. 90, of North Babylon, NY died recently. He was captured in the Battle of the Bulge while serving in the Army, 28th Div, and was held in Stalag 9B. He leaves his wife Viola, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

DECK, Henry passed on June 28, 2001. He was a member of the 484th BG, 826sq. Bombardier on “Salvo Sally”. An alumnus of Budapest prison and Stalag Luft III. He leaves his loving daughter Lynne and two grandchildren. 

DeJONG, George C. of New Berlin, WI, died Sept. 15, 2000. He served with the 100 Div Comb. Inf. As a T/Sgt. when he was captured and held in various work camps. A member of the Milwaukee Barb Wire Chapter, AXPOW, he leaves his wife Lydia.

ENGBERG, Eugene C., of Ogden Dunes, IN passed away July 9, 2001. He served with the 8th Air Force as a S/Sgt. Aerial Gunner during WWII and was captured and held in Stalag 17B until liberation. He is survived by his loving wife, two sons and 1 daughter.

EVANS, Grace, 96, of Goldsboro, NC died April 29, 2001. She was the beloved mother-in-law of Joe Markley who was a POW in Germany. She was a very loyal member of the Coastal Plains Chapter, AXPOW and was affectionately called “Amazing Grace” by chapter members. Survivors include one daughter, one son and one brother.

FIELDS, William E. of Fort Wayne, IN, passed away Feb. 8, 2001 at the age of 79. During WWII he served in the 9th AF as a A-20 gunner, and was shot down and held in Stalag Luft IV. He leaves his wife Rose, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

GARRIS, Vern A., of East Syracuse, NY died April 25, 2001 at the age of 77. He served as a belly gunner on a B-17, was shot down over Austria and was held at Stalag 17B. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Concetta, 5 children, 12 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

GILES, Larry Sr., of East Ridge, TN, a member of  the Chattanooga Chapter, AXPOW, passed away June 14, 2001. He was a veteran of the Air Force in Germany, where he was a POW for 13 months. He was the past state chaplain and past commander and present chaplain of the chapter. He leaves his wife Dovie, 1 daughter, 3 sisters, and 2 grandchildren.

GOAD, Earl Nelson, Florence, AL passed away May 10, 2001. He was 75 years old. A life member of AXPOW and member of the Northwest Alabama Chapter, he is survived by his wife Colleen, 1 son, 4 daughters, 5 stepsons, 2 stepdaughters, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, 11 grandchildren, 19 step-grandchildren, and 11 step-great grandchildren.

GORDON, Kenneth Eugene of Byron, GA died May 29, 2001. He served in the Army in Germany during WWII, was captured and held by the Germans for six months. Ken was a member of the Middle Georgia Chapter, AXPOW. He leaves his wife Norma and 2 sons.

HAMER, Rev. Marshall S. of Front Royal, VA died June 20, 2001. A member of the Bob Frakes Chapter, AXPOW, Rev. Hamer served with the 8th AF, 96th  BG, 3rd Air Division during WWII, was shot down over Schweinfurt, Germany and held in Stalag 17-B. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, 1 son, and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

HAMMERS, Elvie A., wife of Ex-POW Harry, passed away July 1, 2001 in Loveland, CO at the age of 77. Both she and her husband were members of the Northeast Colorado Chapter. In addition to her husband (321st BG, 448th BS), she leaves 1 son, 1 daughter, 3 granddaughters, 1 great-granddaughter, 3 brothers and 1 sister.

HANSEN, Robert J., 79, of River Forest, IL, passed away June 9, 2001. He was a veteran of the 8th AF, 390th BG in England, was shot down over Bremin in December 1943,  and held for 16 months in Stalag 17-B. He leaves his wife Mary, 1 son, 1 daughter, and 5 grandchildren.

HAVERLAH, Alton B, of New Ulm, TX, died May 25, 2001. A member of the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, he was a national life member since 1977. During WWII, Mr. Haverlah was with 384 BG, and was a POW in Luft 4, 6 and 357. He is survived by his wife, Edna, also a life member.

HOLT, Forrestine W., 82, of Brandon, MS passed away April 28, 2001. Beloved husband of ex-POW Thomas, who served with the 1st Ranger Battalion and the first British Commando. He was captured on a raid into Tunis-Bizerta and held in camps in Italy and then Oflag 64 in Poland. Both Forrestine and Thomas were members of the Mississippi Chapter, AXPOW.

HOROWITZ, Harry, charter member and adjutant of the Brooklyn Key Chapter, AXPOW, died July 10, 2001. He served in WWII with the 8th AF, 833rd BS, 486th BG, was captured and held in Luft 1, and Stalag 9C. Survivors include his daughter Cheryl Rosenblatt of Brooklyn.

JAMES, Frank A. of Redwood City, CA, died Jan. 2, 2001. A life member of AXPOW, he was captured in the Philippines, survived the Bataan Death March and spent 3 ½ years in Mukden, Manchuria. While he was a POW he was used as a guinea pig by the infamous “Unit 731”. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Luise, 1 daughter and 2 grandsons.

JOHNSON, Allan E., 85, formerly of Venice, FL, died June 9, 2001 in Wyncote, PA. He was a survivor of Pearl Harbor and later joined the 452nd BG of the 8th AF, out of England. He was shot down in June, 1944 and held in Luft 1. He was the founder of Tri-County Chapter, AXPOW in Venice, FL and is survived by 3 sons, 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers and 1 sister.

JONES, David E., 80 of Pensacola, FL, died July 12, 2001. Mr. Jones was captured on Corregidor along with his brother as members of Patrol Sq. VP 102 in Subic Bay, while fighting with the 4th Marine Regt.and held by the Japanese for 3 ½ years. He is survived by his wife Natalie, 1 son, 3 grandsons, 1 brother, 2 sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.

KAKACEK, Frank J. 82, a member of Fresno Chapter #1, died in Merced, CA on June 15, 2001. He served in the 35th Div. 137th Regt., was captured in Belgium in the Battle of the Bulge and held in IXB. He is survived by his wife,  Genevieve, 1 son, 5 daughters, 18 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

KOREN, Louis (Joe), 76, of Chester Township, OH, passed away June 14, 2001. During WWII, he served with the 8th AF as a top turret gunner on a B-17, and was shot down over Germany, picked up by the French Underground, then captured by the Germans and held in Stalag 17B. Survivors include his loving wife, Shirlee, 1 son, 1 daughter, 6 grandchildren, 1 sister. He will be missed by his many friends and family alike.

LANGEL, Kurt A. of Lompoc, CA, passed away June 14, 2001. He served with the First Ranger Bn in North Africa, Sicily and Italy; he was captured in Italy and spent 15 months as a POW in Germany until he escaped. He leaves Eleanor, his wife of 52 years, 1 son and 1 daughter.

LEUTHOLD, Andrew, age 79, of Lester, IA, passed away June 25, 2001. He was a turret gunner and flight engineer on a B-17 when he was shot down and held in Germany for 9 months. A member of the Siouxland Chapter, AXPOW, he is survived by his wife Elsie, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 7 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and 2 brothers.

LOUGEE, Robert V. of Corinth, ME died May 4, 2001 at age 78. He was a veteran of WWII, serving with the 398th Inf. Reg. He was captured in the Battle of Rhineland and held in Stalag 4B. Survivors include his wife Theora, 1 son, 2 daughters, 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

LUCIA, Robert E. of Middlebury, VT died May 25, 2001. He was a life member of Vermont Chapter #1, AXPOW and was the first Vermonter to join. He served with the 36th Div. 141st I Co., was captured in France and held in Stalag 7A. He leaves his wife Jane, 1 son, 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandsons.

MANSELL, George Jr., of Keller TX, died July 17, 2001. An AXPOW life member since 1988, he was a member of the Fort Worth Chapter. Mr. Mansell was a survivor of the Bataan Death March. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Geneva.

MASON, Blanche L. widow of Ray, age 78, La Crosse, WI, passed away recently. Blanche and Ray were both members of the Coulee Region Chapter, AXPOW. She is survived by 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren and 2 sisters.

McCARTIN, Charles Leroy Sr. 82, of Lutherville, MD, passed away July 8, 2001. During WWII, served in the 803rd Engr. Bn, AVN (SEP) and was held POW in Hitachi and Ashio, Japan, Camp 1, Cabanatuan, O’Donnell and Billibid. He was a life member of AXPOW and Maryland North Chapter, and is survived by his wife Lorraine, 2 sons, 1 daughter 1 brother and 3 grandchildren.

MILLER, Philip B. of Kalamazoo, MI passed away June 6, 2001. He served in the 8th AF during WWII as a bombardier, was captured and held in Germany for 14 months. His wife Ethel, preceded him in death; survivors include 8 children and their families.

MIRABAL, John J. 80, of Tularosa, NM, died June 15, 2001. He served in the 60th Coast Artillery, Battery K and was captured on Corregidor; then spent 3 ½ years in Cabanatuan, Teruga, Osaka, Japan. His beloved wife, Lana, 2 daughters, 3 sons, and 5 grandchildren will miss him. “We will never forget the Battling Bastards of Bataan”.

MORGAN, William F. of Petersburg, VA passed away Oct. 29, 1999. He was a member of the Denny Landrum Chapter, AXPOW. During WWII, Mr. Morgan served in the Air Force and was held in Lufts 4 and 6 and Stalag 357. He leaves his wife Thelma.

NELSON, Ray H, of Neenah, WI, died June 21, 2001 at age 81. He served in the Army during WWII and was a POW in Stalags 9A and 9B.An AXPOW life member since 1987, he was a member of the Clarence Beltmann Chapter. He is survived by his wife, Elaine, 1 daughter, 1 son, 2 grandchildren, 3 brothers and 1 sister.

NEWSOM, Melvin L. 80, a member of W. Central FL Chapter, AXPOW, died June 8, 2001. During WWII, he was captured in the Philippines and spent 42 months as a POW of the Japanese. He leaves his wife of 25 years, Violet, 1 brother, 8 sons, 1 daughter, 19 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

PIPP, Edwin G. of Detroit Michigan, veteran of the 8th AF, passed away June 19, 2001 in Douglas, GA. He trained as a B-17 pilot and was shot down on his 10th mission over Germany when he was forced to ditch in the sea off the French coast. He was picked up by a German flying boat and spent the next two years in POW camps. He leaves his wife, Donna, 3 daughters, 2 sons, and 6 grandchildren.

PYLE, Lowell, 82, of Lucasville, OH died April 11, 2001. During WWII, he served as a combat infantryman in Europe until he was captured. Lowell helped establish the Scioto Ohio River Valley Chapter, AXPOW and served as chapter Commander.

REICHENBACH, Jack, 85, of Roslyn, NY passed away recently. During WWII, he served with the USAAF as a B-24 pilot with the 451st BG, 15th AF. He was shot down and held POW until liberation. He leaves his wife Cecile, 1 sister, 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

ROUS, Joseph J. of Riverside, IL, age 88, died July 14, 2001. He served with the 1st Battalion, 117th Inf. 30th Div and was captured Aug. 7, 1944 at Mortain. He leaves his loving wife Ethel, 3 sons and 7 grandchildren.

SAVAGE, Doris, 72, of Olive Branch, MS passed away June 7, 2001. She was a life member of AXPOW, and the wife of 52 years of ex-POW Clifford F. Savage. In addition to her beloved husband, she leaves 5 children, 17 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

SCHEPLENG, John A., 79 of Baltimore, MD died July 11, 2001. He served in the 106th Div and was held in Stalag 12A for 16 months. A member of Maryland North Chapter, AXPOW, he is survived by 3 daughters, 7 sons, 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. His wife Edna predeceased him.

SCHIMER, William T. died July 15, 2001. He was a retired Master Sgt. of the United States Air Force serving in World War II, Korea and Viet Nam from 1942 to 1968. He was a POW in Romania, in 1944 while he was a member of the 15th Air Force. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Gloria;  3 sons;  10 grandchildren and one great grand child; and a sister. He was a member of Ohio Chapter #1.

SHEWCHUK, Alex E. Jr. member of Brandywine Chapter, AXPOW, died May 13, 2001. During WWII, Alex was a waist gunner, captured and held at Stalag 17B. His beloved wife of 52 years,  Carolyn, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 2 grandsons, and 2 greatgrandchildren will miss him.

SMITH, Kate M., wife of ex-POW Elwood Smith of Guin, AL, passed away June 20, 2001. She and her husband were life members of AXPOW. During WWII, Elwood was captured on Guam 12/10/41 and held in Japan at Zentsuji HQ until the end of the war.

STECKLEIN, Bernice, of San Antonio, TX died June 16, 2001. She was a life member of AXPOW and a member of Chapter #1, San Antonio, TX. She is survived by her beloved husband Frank and 1 daughter.

THACKER,  Paul A, of Danville VA, died June 19, 2001. A life member since 1982, he was a member of the Central Virginia Chapter. He served with 31 Inf Div, was in the Bataan Death March and was held at Camp O’Donnell, Cabanatuan and Camp 17 in Japan. He is survived by his wife, Ruby.

TRITZ, Wilfred E. of Waukesha, WI, age76, passed away recently. As a radio operator and gunner on a B24 during WWII, Tritz and his crew were shot down over Eastern Europe and captured. He later wrote a book “Raptors of War” about his experiences. Survivors include 3 sons, his mother, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. His wife, Margaret, died in 1996.

TYRRELL, Theodore J. of Greenfield, WI, died June 24, 2001. During WWII he served with the AAF as a T/Sgt, Flight Engineer and Waist Gunner on a B17, was shot down over Germany and held in Lufts 4 and 6. A life member of AXPOW and the Milwaukee Barb Wire Chapter, he is survived by his beloved wife Elsie, 4 sons and 5 grandchildren.

VANDERTILL, Donald, Isle of Palms, SC passed away June 25, 2001. Mr. Vandertill served as a pilot in the Army Air Force, was shot down and held in Luft 1 until liberation. He leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Kay, 1 son, 1 daughter, 5 grandchildren and 1 brother. He will be sorely missed by the Low-Country Chapter, AXPOW.

WHEELER, James A. of Santa Rosa, CA died June 27, 2001. He was called to active duty a few days after Pearl Harbor and spent time in the Pacific and then Europe. He was captured by the Germans and spent at Oflag 64 for the last eight months of the war. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Vivian, 1 daughter and 2 sons.

 


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ABRAMOWITZ,  Col. Len, of Denison, TX died April 1,2001. His wife Jamesene, also died recently. Members of the North Central Texas Chapter, both Len and Jamesene were AXPOW life members

ALEXANDER, John Edward of Grand Blanc, MI died May 31, 2001 at age 83. He served in the Army during WWII in Anzio and Southern France and was held captive for 9 months. Survivors include his wife Faymarian, 1 daughter, 2 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

ALLEN, W.L. “Bill” of Silsbee, TX died April 23, 2001. Bill was a member of the USS Pope DD225 and was in the Japanese POW camp at Makassar for 3 ½ years. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jo, one sister and two grandchildren.

 

BERTOLI, Robert J. of Toledo, OH  died June 3, 2001. He served as a pilot and navigator with the 44th BG in England and was shot down and held for 11 months in Luft 1. A life member of the Maumee Valley Chapter, AXPOW, he is survived by his wife Arlene, 2 sons and 4 grandchildren.

BOLIN, Vernita, of Bonham, TX, died recently. A member of the North Central Texas Chapter, and an AXPOW life member since 1985, she was predeceased by her husband, Claud, a POW in Germany.

BONI, Ovid, of Madeira Beach, FL, formerly of Michigan, died May 5, 2001. A member since 1983, he was a civilian internee in Santo Tomas.

BRUCE, Lloyd M. age 78, passed away April 3, 2001 in La Plata, MO. He was a life member of AXPOW and past commander of the Green Hills Chapter of NE Missouri. As a P51 fighter pilot he was shot down over Germany and held in Sagan, Germany until liberation. He is survived by his wife Jean, 1 daughter and 1 son.

CASTRIANNI, Sam J. of Sanford FL, age 78, died March 19, 2001. He served in the US Army during in WWII. Sam was a life member of AXPOW, Florida State Dept. and Central Florida Chapter and survivors include his wife Dorothy, 5 daughters, 3 sons, 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

COWLEY, R. R. (Rivers-Roger), of Speedway, IN, died Aug. 31, 2000 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  He served with the 8 AF, 305 BG, 366 BS, and was held in Luft IV, and forced to walk the 600 mile winter march.  He was a member of the Indiana Hoosier Chapter, AXPOW and is survived by his wife, Lila.

CULLER, John C., 81, member of the Palmetto Chapter, Columbia, SC, passed away on May 22, 2001. He served with the 337 Inf. Reg. 85 Div. and was captured in Florence, Italy and spent 8 months in POW camps in Germany and Poland. He leaves his wife of 59 years, Mary, 2 children, 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

DAVIS, Virgil E, age 76, of Burnet, TX passed away June 17, 2001. An AXPOW life member since 1985, Virgil served in the 70th Diivision in Europe and was captured near Bitche, France. He was in Stalags 4B and 5B before the work camp of 4A near Bad Schandau/Elbe, Germany, and was responsible for saving the life of our National Commander Bill Schmidt. He is survived by his wife Emily, two sons Ronald and Kenneth, three step-sons and three step daughters and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His burial was in Wellman, Iowa.

DREHER, Martha L. of Bremerton, WA passed away May 22, 2001 at age 87. She was the wife of Alfred (Ben) who was a POW in the Pacific during WWII. Martha was a life member of AXPOW and the Kitsap Chapter and is survived by her husband and one brother.

DROST, Mary of Tacoma, WA died June 19, 2001. She was preceded in death by her husband Joe. She was a life member of AXPOW and the Tacoma, WA Chapter.

EADS, Nada Lyane, of Hokes Bluff, AL passed away on March 4, 2001. She was 75. She was a member of the Chehaw Chapter, AXPOW holding the office of State Adjutant in 1999, and was a frequent volunteer at the Birmingham VAMC for the last 10 years. Survivors include her loving husband Clifford, 1 daughter, 2 sons and 3 grandchildren.

FIELDS, William E. L/M 12368 of Fort Wayne Indiana passed away February 8, 2001. During WWII, he served with the 416 BG, 669 BS in the 9th AF.  He leaves his wife Rose.

FOSTER, Edmond P, of Rusk TX, died recently. An AXPOW life member since 1989, he was a member of the North Central Texas Chapter. Foster was a POW in Stalag 7A, 3B, and 3A.

GABLE, Cecil J., 69, died April 24, 2001. While serving with the 2nd Army Div. in Korea, he was captured and spent 33 months as a POW at Camp 3, Yalu River, Changsong, North Korea. He was also a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Tri-County Chapter (FL) AXPOW and is survived by his wife Margaret, 2 sons, 6 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter.

HAAS, Herbert N. of Aurora, CO, passed away May 10, 2001. A former member of Mile High Chapter (CO) AXPOW, he served with the 3rd Ranger Btn, CO A, was captured in Italy and held in Stalags 2B and 7A. He is survived by his wife, Maria.

HALFRICH, Anne Marie, of Killeen TX, died June 11, 2001.  A life member since 1982, she was a member of the Cen-Tex Chapter.  She was predeceased by her husband, Jack, a POW in Stalags 7A, 7B and Luft 3.

HAMMEL, Thomas M. 82, of Dickinson, ND, died Feb. 27, 2001. Tom enlisted in the AAF in 1939 and was stationed at Pearl Harbor, Philippines and other islands. He was captured by the Japanese and held at Capus for 41 months until liberation. He is survived by his wife Betty, 5 step-daughters and 1 step-son, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, 2 grandchildren and 14 step-grandchildren.

HOUISON, Frank 81, of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada died March 23, 2001.  Frank was President of the National Prisoners of War of Canada for six years.  He and his wife, who died earlier, attended many of our National POW conventions.  He was a bombardier in the RCAF during WWII, spent 2 years in Stalag Luft 3 and was instrumental in digging the tunnel of the Great Escape. He is survived by four daughters, 5 grandchildren and a host of friends in both Canada and the United States.

HUBENER, Kathleen, 65, of Ashland, MA passed away April 15, 2001. The wife of Wayne, Kathleen was a life member of AXPOW and a retired registered nurse in Framingham. Besides her husband, she leaves 1 daughter, 2 sons, 4 grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.

JASTRZEWMSKI, Walter F. Sr. of Chicago, IL passed away June 1, 2001. He was a member of the Greater Chicago Chapter, AXPOW. During WWII, he served with the 310 BG, 380 BS and was held POW in 7A. Survivors include his loving wife Carmella, and 2 sons.

 

KIMBRELL, Jack H., 77 of Rock Hill, SC died May 30, 2001. He was a US Army Air Force veteran of WWII, during which he was held as a POW in Germany for more than nine months. Survivors include his wife Margaret Rudder, 1 son, 3 daughters, 2 sisters, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

KOREN, Louis ‘Joe’, of Chesterland OH, died June 14, 2001. A life member since 1983, he was a member of the Barbed Wire Buckeye Chapter. Koren served with 8 AF, as a B-17 Gunner. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Shirlee.

LEMBECK, Urban E., of Casper, WY, passed away April 5, 2001. Urban was a member of the USS Pope DD225. He was in the Makassar and Japanese camps for 3 years and 7 months. He is survived by his wife Frances.

 

LIDGETT, Joseph L. Jr. 79, of Holiday Island, AR died March 3, 2001. He served in the Army during WWII where he was held as a POW in Germany. A life member of AXPOW and a member of Northwest Arkansas Chapter, he is survived by his wife Marjorie, 3 sons, 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

 

LOUDER, Tull Ray, 82 of Stanton TX passed away May 21, 2001. A proud lifetime member of AXPOW, Permian Basin Chapter, he served with the Army Radio Corps attached to the 60th CAC on Corregidor atop Malinta Hill. He was captured on Corregidor and held in Cabanatuan III until Sept. when he was shipped to Japan and worked at Tanagawa and Ikuna until liberation. He is survived by his wife Helen Ruth, 3 sons, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

 

LUCIA, Robert E., of Middlebury, VT died May 25, 2001 at age 78. He was in the US Army, CO I, 141st Inf. 36th Div and was held in 5A and 7A. A life member of AXPOW and Vermont Chapter #1, he leaves his wife Jane, 2 daughters and 1 son.

 

MANGARPAN, Joseph L. 80, of Lake Worth, FL died April 1, 2001. He was a pilot with the 533 BS, 381st Heavy BG out of England when his plane was shot down over Rotterdam and he was captured and held in Luft III and marched to Stamlager VII until liberation. He is survived by his wife Evelyn, 1 daughter, 3 sons and 4 grandchildren.

 

MARIANO, Benjamin, of Laurel, MD passed away Dec. 10, 2001 at 80. During WWII, he served in the 92nd CAC, Corregidor, Cavite, Philippines. Captured in April 1942, he was held in Bagac, Bataan for 3 days and 4 nights. After an overnight march, he escaped and evaded capture until liberation. He was a life member AXPOW and Dept. of Maryland. He is survived by his wife Remedios, 3 sons, 1 daughter, 7 sisters and 7 grandchildren.

 

MARTIN, Thomas C. of South Boston, MA passed away March 14, 2001. Served as S/Sgt in the 106th Infantry Division, Company A, 423rd Regiment. Captured in the Battle of the Bulge. He is survived by his wife Clare, two sons, a daughter and six grandsons.

 

MCWILLIAMS, Owen E., of Westfield, NJ passed away June 5, 2001 at the age of 79. During WWII, Mr. McWilliams served with the 390th BG; his plane was shot down and he was held at Stalag 17B for nearly two years.  He is survived by 3 daughters, 1 sister, 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

 

MOORE, Austin, member of the Palmetto Chapter, AXPOW (Columbia, SC) died May 8, 2001 He served with the 748th BS, 457th BG, 8th AF and was shot down over Germany and held in Poland until liberation. His wife Ruth passed away Feb. 28, 2001. He is survived by loving family and friends.

 

NORWOOD, Beverly, beloved wife of Arthur, passed away May 15, 2001. She was a member of the San Fernando Valley Chapter and lived in Canyon Country, CA. Arthur was captured in Shangai, China and held in Pootung. Beverly will be missed by Arthur, her children and numerous grandchildren.

 

PIPER, Robert W., 80, of Sugar Grove, OH died March 24, 2001. He was a member of AXPOW and the Fairfield Barb Wire Ohio Chapter #4. A US Marine in WWII, he served with the 4th Marine Regt. before capture. He is survived by two daughters, two sons, 9 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

PLOTTS, Elmoyn C, of Grove City, OH, age 77, died Sunday, June 17, 2001.  He was an AXPOW life member since 1984, and a member of the Ohio Chapter. He served in the Fifth Infantry Division in Europe and was held in Stalag 7A. He is survived by his wife Donna, 3 sons, 1 daughter; 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren , two brothers and two sisters. 

POST, Alfred J. age 75, of Great Mills, MD, passed away Aug. 21, 2000. During WWII, he served with the 143rd Inf. 36th Div. and was held prisoner in VIIA and XIIA. He was a life member of AXPOW and the Dept. of Maryland. Alfred is survived by his wife, Genevieve, 1 son, 1 daughter and 2 grandchildren.

 

POWELL, Yvonne Helen, 78, of Bella Vista, AR passed away March 22, 2001. Her late husband Bill served in WWII and was held in Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Both Yvonne and her husband were life members of AXPOW and members of the Northwest Arkansas Chapter.

 

RAIRDON, Richard M. 80, of Lewistown, OH died April 12, 2001. He served in the Army during WWII, spent six months in a German POW camp, and was a long-time member of Northwest Central Ohio Chapter #7, AXPOW.  Survivors include two daughters and six grandchildren.

 

REGEHR, Virginia M. “Ginger” of Sacramento CA passed away May 25, 2001. A life member of AXPOW and member of the 49ers Chapter, she was a WWII USCG veteran. Her beloved husband, Walt, who was held 33 months in the Philippines, 1 son, 1 daughter, 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild survive her.

 

ROULEAU, Raymond, member of Wolverine Chapter #1, AXPOW, passed away recently in Redford, MI.

 

RYDER, John F., 87, a resident of Arlington, VA, died March 26, 2001. He was a 1936 graduate of the Naval Academy and a member of the USS Perch SS176. John was in Makassar and later in Japan until the end of the war. His survivors include two children, a sister and a grandson.

 

SCHILLING, Eugene of Ohio passed away recently. He was a former prisoner of war, but not an active member of Ohio Chapter #10.

 

SWEAT, Willie P. “Pete”, age 82, of Alabama passed away Aug. 10, 2000. He was captured in Algeria, sent to Italy and imprisoned in Germany for 2 ½ years in Stalag IV. He was a member of the Cheaha Chapter, AXPOW. He leaves his loving wife of 51 years, Jane, 2 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and  friends.

 

THOMAS, George D, of Everett, PA, died June 1, 2001. An AXPOW life member since 1989, he was a member of the Southern Allegheny Chapter. Thomas served in Patton’s 3rd Army, and was held in Oflag 64, Stalag 13C and 7A. He is survived by his wife, Catharine.

TONEY, Floyd G. of Paoli, IN passed away on May 21, 2001 at age 87. He was a member of  the Stone Belt Chapter, AXPOW.  He seved with the 389th BG, Second Air Div. 8th AF. He was shot down over Berlin and held for 11 months in Luft IV, then marched through Poland. He is survived by 2 daughters, 1 brother,  6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

WATTERS, Darylyle M. age 80 died May 11, 2001 in Haslett, MI. During WWII, he was shot down over Europe and was a prisoner of war for 8 months before liberation.  Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Jean, 2 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 5 step-great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers.

 

WIENCH, Alcuin A. of Rogers AR, passed away May 28, 2001 at age 84. He was a bombardier with the 12th Air Force in N. Africa when he was shot down and held in Luft 3 and other camps until liberation. He is survived by his wife Anne, 3 sons, 1 daughter, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

WRIGHT, Parke III, 79, of Naples, FL, passed away June 2, 2001. He served in the Army during WWII as a pilot of a B-17 with the 8th AF out of England. He was shot down over Stuttgart in 1944 and held as a prisoner of war until liberation.  A member of the Collier Chapter, AXPOW, he is survived by his wife Almeria, 1 son and 3 granddaughters.

 

ADDENDUM: Mark Altvater’s TAPS was listed in the April issue. Mark was a B26 pilot with the 386 BG, 9th AF and was held in Luft 1, Barth.

 

 


July 2001
 

 

ARKWRIGHT, Ruth E., 84, a member of the Mahoning Valley Chapter in Ohio, passed away April 23, 2001 in Mesa, AZ. She was the widow of ex-POW Anthony Jr. who died in 1995. Survivors include one daughter and two grandchildren.

BAHR, Edwin Henry, of Roseburg, OR, died Feb. 3, 2001 at the age of 80. Mr. Bahr served in the Navy during WWII, was captured on Corregidor and held until liberation in 1945. He leaves his loving wife, Trudy, of Roseburg; 1 sister, 1 brother, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 3 stepsons, and 10 grandchildren.

BAILEY, Howard B. 82, of Hyde Park, VT passed away May 4, 2000. Howard was captured at the Battle of the Bulge while serving with the 7th Armored Division, and he was held at a work camp in Poland, near Zittau. He is survived by 4 daughters, 1 son, 12 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. His wife predeceased him.

BEEN, Kenneth, of Tulsa, OK died April 19, 2001 at age 78. He was a member of the Tulsa Chapter, AXPOW. During WWII, he served in Europe as part of the 52nd Armored Inf. 9th Div.

BOWMAN, William A. “Joe” of Wichita Falls, TX, a member of the “Lost Battalion” during WWII, passed away April 5, 2001 at 82. He was captured and held in Java and Japan. He leaves his wife Marie, 4 daughters, 2 stepsons, 1 sister, 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

BRANNUM, Carl L. passed away May 17, 2001 in Birmingham, AL. He was a member of the Alabama Chapter #1, and is survived by his mother, Ruby, his wife, Martha, 2 sons, 4 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

BRILL, Williard G. 76, of Mannford, OK, passed away on April 13, 2001. He served with the 643 Tank Destroyer Btn, was captured and held in labor camps 2B and 7A. . He is survived by his wife, Sarah, 4 children, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

BUMP, Grover C. age 80, of Minneapolis, MN died April 20, 2001. He served in WWII and was a survivor of the Bataan Death March, Pac 698, Ayord, Bilibid, Lipa, and was a member of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter, AXPOW. Survivors include one son. His wife predeceased him.

BURKS, Wayland F., of Oklahoma City, OK, passed away March 27, 2001. During WWII, he served in the Army and held more than 2 years at various POW camps in Germany. A member of the Central Oklahoma Chapter, AXPOW, he is survived by his wife Dorothy, 1 son, 2 grandchildren and 1 brother.

BURROLA, William M. 79, of Gallup, New Mexico, passed away April 30, 2001. A member of the 200th CA AA Btry D in Gallup, he left for El Paso and then Clark Field AFB in the Philippines. He survived the Bataan Death March and camps O’Donnell, Cabanatuan, and then was taken via Korea to Mukden where he and his brother Joe spent the rest of the war. Willie is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sally, 3 daughters, 2 sons, 24 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

CARROLL, George H., age 78 of Gilbert, Louisiana died April 21, 2001. He was a veteran of WWII with the 8th AF and held POW for 1 ½ years. A member of the Northeast Louisiana Chapter, AXPOW, he is survived by his wife Cleo, 2 daughters, 1 son and 5 grandchildren.

CHESMORE, Emery, of Kingston, WA passed away March 30, 2001. He was a member of Kitsap Chapter, Dept. of Washington, AXPOW. Ches was a B-17 pilot in the 96th BG and was shot down Dec. 13, 1943, and held at Luft 1, Barth until 1945. He is survived by his wife, Mary, 4 children, 9 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

CLARK, Joseph D., age 80, of Brooklyn Center, MN, passed away April 12, 2001. He served with the 15th Air Force during WWII, was interned at Bucharest and Romania and liberated by Italians.

CLOUSE, Elra Dean, 81, passed away April 17, 2001 at the Oklahoma City VAMC. A T/Sgt. In the Air Corps during WWII, he was captured in the Philippines and endured the Bataan Death March and 3 ½ years imprisonment at Cabanatuan and Bilibid. Survivors include his loving wife Adelle (an Army nurse during WWII), 1 daughter, 1 granddaughter, and 1 brother.

DEFFENBAUGH, Carolyn, age 78, of Claremore, OK died April 30, 2001. She was a member of the Tulsa Chapter, AXPOW. Carolyn was accomplished in the field of ceramic industrial design and was very active in civic organizations. She is survived by her husband David, 2 daughters, 1 son, 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson.

DEMEL, Edgar Mathias of Rosenburg, TX died Feb. 16, 2001. A life member since 1993, he was a member of Texas Gulf Coast Chapter. Mr. Demel served in the 15 AF, 460 BG, 762 BS, and was held in Luft 3, Nurnburg and 7A. He is survived by his wife, Martha.

DEVINO, Merton J., 87, of Forestdale, VT, passed away April 10, 2001. He was a member of the 88th Div. Co. L, 350th Inf in Europe and was held for 18 months at Stalags 7A and 2B. He is survived by his wife Mary, 1 sister,  and several nieces and nephews. He was a life member of Vermont Chapter #1, AXPOW.

DUXBURY, Bryce Warren, 78, of Harmony, MN, died April 29, 2001. He enlisted in the Army in 1941 and served with the 60th Coast Artillery Anti-Aircraft BN until he was captured by the Japanese and held 3 ½ years. His wife Dorothy predeceased him; survivors include 3 sons, 2 sisters, 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

DWYER, Robert E. a member of the Pittsburgh (PA) Chapter, AXPOW, passed away March 21, 2001. A gunner on a B-17, he was shot down in Aug, 1943 and held in Stalags VIIA and XVIIB until liberation. He is survived by his wife Sylvia and 1 daughter.

FOX, Walter J. of Denver Colorado, died April 14, 2001 at the age of 77. He was the first commander of the Mile High Chapter, AXPOW. He served with the 305th BG during WWII and was held in Stalag 17B until liberation. His wife, Janet, 1 son, and 2 granddaughters survive him.

GAINEY, Gilbert, passed away in Jackson, GA at the age of 79 on Jan 3, 2001. He was with the 4th Marine Reg. Out of Shanghai, China and was captured on Corregidor after Bataan fell, spending 40 months at slave labor camps. His beloved wife Rachel, predeceased him. GAINEY, Rachel, died May 25, 1999. During WWII, she served with the Navy and was stationed at Cory Field, Florida. She met her husband Gilbert in 1945 and they were married 33 days later. Survivors include 1 son, 3 grandsons, and one great-grandson.

GALLAGHER, John, 78, of Ocean City, NJ, died Easter Sunday, 2001. He served with the 8th AF, 95th BG and was shot down over Germany Sept. 6, 1943 and held in Stalag 17B. A member of the Cape May County Chapter, AXPOW, he is survived by 8 children, 18 grandchildren, 1 brother, 2 sisters and his fiancée, Barbara.

HANSON, Robert L, Monona, WI passed away on January 15, 2000. Bob served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was captured on Bataan, escaped, and made his way to Corregidor only to be recaptured. He spent 3 1/2 years in captivity, 1 1/2 years in the Philippines (Bilibid) and 2 years in Japan. He is survived by his loving wife, Nettie, and one daughter.

HARTSFIELD, Durwood, formerly of San Angelo, passed away in Austin,  TX on April 21, 2001. During WWII, he was sent to Europe, was captured and held in Stalag 9B, Bad Orb until liberation. His beloved wife Armenta, and 2 sons survive.

HAWKES, Warren Karl ‘Blondie’, of Murray UT, died April 16, 2001. A life member since 1990, he served on the USS Canopus and was a POW in Bilibid, Port Area, Cabanatuan 1, Hanawa and Sendai. He is survived by his wife, Betty.

HOFF, Guy William, 84, of Marietta, OH, died Feb. 10, 2001. He was a WWII Army veteran, serving in the 78th Inf. Div. and was taken prisoner at the Battle of the Bulge. He was a life member of the Mid-Ohio Chapter, AXPOW and is survived by 1 son, 3 grandchildren, 1 brother, 1 sister, and 3 nieces and nephews.

JAMES, John Langley, Jr. 82, of Wilmington, NC, passed away March 20, 2001. He served with the 8th AF, 100 BG, 350th BS in England. He was shot down over Holland and held at Luft 1, Barth for 18 months. He helped organize the Hampton Roads Chapter, AXPOW and was commander of the Cape Fear, NC Chapter at the time of his death. He is survived by one daughter and 2 grandchildren.

JENKINS, Lyle, life member AXPOW and the San Fernando Valley Chapter, died April 5, 2001. He served in the Army during WWII, with the 59th Coast Artillery Corps in the Pacific and was captured on Corregidor; then held in Bilibid, Cabanatuan, Fukuoka #3 and Hirohata, Japan. He leaves two nieces.

JENSEN, Raymond D., 78, of Nashwauk,  Minnesota, passed away May 4, 2001. He was a member of the 11th Airborne and was shot down over Germany during WWII. A life member of AXPOW and the Arrowhead Chapter, he is survived by his wife Jean, 4 sons and 10 grandchildren.

JOYNER, Alvin Durwood, of Saratoga AR, died March 4, 2001. A life member of AXPOW since 1983, he was a member of the Four States Chapter. Joyner served in the USMC and was a POW in the Philippines.

LANG, Frank E., 86, of St. Louis, MO, passed away April 16, 2001. During WWII, he served as a navigator-gunner with the 422 BS, 305 BG and he was held 19 ½ months in 17-B, Krems. He is survived by his loving wife, Nellie, 1 daughter, 1 grandson and 1 brother.

LANKFORD, William N. died May 5, 2001. He served with the 106th Inf. Div. 422 HQ in the Battle of the Bulge, was captured and held until liberation. He is survived by his beloved wife Joan, 2 daughters, 1 son, 9 grandchildren and a host of loving relatives and friends.

LAUTERS, Raymond D. of Port Washington, WI passed away April 16, 2001. During WWII, he served as a T/Sgt with the 8th Air Force and was captured at Wilemshave and held 2 years in 7A and 17B. His wife, Rita, 1 daughter, 1 son, and grandchildren survive him.

LUTZ, Doris V. Kirby, 76, of Churchton, MD, passed away April 5, 2001. During WWII, her husband James served in the 99th Inf. Div, 394th Inf. Co. M and was held in XIII-C. Doris was a member of the Dept. of Maryland, AXPOW and is survived by her husband, James, 1 son, 2 daughters, 2 sisters and 6 grandchildren.

MABINI, Fernando, age 91, of El Paso, Texas, died March 12, 2001. He as a M/Sgt. in the Army, was captured on Bataan and held 3 ½ years at O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac, PI before being liberated in 1945. He also participated in Korea and the White Sands Missile range. His wife Maria, 3 sons,  4 daughters, 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren survive.

MAHALA, Joseph died May 4, 2001at the Sun Grove Care Center, Sun City, Arizona. He was 85 years old. He was a Life member of the American Ex Prisoners of War and a member of the Agua Fria Chapter, Arizona;  member of Disabled American Veterans. He served with the 31 Infantry in the South Pacific during WWII.

MARTIN,  Thomas C. 78, of South Boston, MA. passed away March 14, 2001. He served as a S/Sgt in the 106th Infantry Co. 423a and was captured in the Battle of the Bulge December 1944. He is survived by his wife Clare, two sons, a daughter and six grandsons.

McGEE, Douglas C. a member of Florida State Chapter #1, passed away Aug. 30, 2000. He served with the 84 Inf. Div. In Germany, was taken prisoner and held at Stalags 2A and 11B. He is survived by his loving wife Helen, 1 daughter, 2 sons, 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

McINTYRE, Ruth T., beloved wife of Neal, passed away March 30, 2001. She was a life member of Flatlander Chapter, (Georgia) AXPOW. In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, 8 grandchildren and a host of friends.

MERRITT, Charles Ray, passed away April 29, 2001. He was a member of the Wiregrass Chapter, AXPOW and served with the 8th AF as a tail gunner on a B-24, flying out of England. He was captured by the Germans and spent 9 ½ months in captivity. He is survived by his wife, Annette, 4 sons, and 11 grandchildren.

MYERS, Jean, age 71, of Walnut, Iowa, died Dec. 30, 2000. A member of the SW Iowa Chapter, AXPOW, she was the wife of ex-POW Louis. He was stationed in the Philippines and survived the Bataan Death March and 3 ½ years of imprisonment in the Philippines, Manchuria and Japan. In addition to her husband, Jean is survived by 2 children.

NARRO, Richard F. 75, passed away April 17, 2001 in El Paso, TX. Mr. Narro served in both WWII and Korea in the Army and Air Force and was taken prisoner in Korea. His wife, Adela, predeceased him; survivors include 4 children, 6 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 sisters and 2 brothers.

NOLL, Peggy, of Ventura, CA, died Jan. 20, 2001. A life member of AXPOW, she is survived by her husband, Ralph, who was a POW in Germany. She and Ralph were married 54 years.

O’GEEN, Charles of Merritt Island, FL passed away Nov. 4, 2000. He was a life member of AXPOW and a member of Brevard Space Coast Chapter. Charles was very active in many veterans’ organizations and was always willing to help others in need. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, 4 sons, 3 daughters and 10 grandchildren.

PALASOTA, Sam Milton, of Marlin, TX, passed away Jan. 7, 1999. He served with the 200th Coast Artillery Medical Detachment on Luzon and was captured April 9, 1942. He survived the Bataan Death March and imprisonment at Cabanatuan and Bilibid. He is survived by his beloved wife Frances, 3 sons, 1 daughter and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

PARSONS, Martin S., age 79, of Grand Blanc, MI, died April 12, 2001. He and his wife Bonita are both life members of AXPOW. During WWII, he served with the 90 Inf. Div, I Co. 357 Reg. And was at Utah Beach on D-Day. He was taken prisoner on July 7, 1944 and held in Dresden until liberation. He leaves his wife of 54 years, 1 daughter, 2 sons and 5 grandchildren. He is loved and greatly missed.

PRUETT, John, of Raven, VA, died Dec. 9, 2000. He served in the U.S. Army and was captured at the Battle of the Bulge. He is survived by his wife Julia, one son John and two daughters.

READ, Arthur Marshall (Bud), died Jan. 6, 2001 at age 80. He was a B-17 navigator with the 8th AF and was held at Lufts III and VIII after being shot down over Paris. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Helen, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He was an active member of Badger Chapter, AXPOW.

RODERICK, Daniel Ashley, age 84, of New Market, TN passed away April 24, 2001. He was captured during the Battle of the Bulge on Jan. 5, 1945, serving with the 7th Armored Division, and remained a POW until liberation. He is survived by his devoted wife Willie Mae, 2 daughters 3 grandchildren, 2 sisters and several nieces and nephews.

ROSENBAUM, William ‘Bill’ Robert, of Houston, TX, died Jan. 10, 2001. A member of the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, he was a life member of AXPOW since 1986. He served in the 36 Div, Co L, 142 Reg, and was held in Baden-Baden Hospital. He is survived by his wife, June.

ROY, Clarence, died May 13, 2001 in Akron, OH. A member of the North Central Chapter #8, AXPOW, he enlisted in the Army and was captured in Germany. He is survived by his wife Kathleen, 1 daughter, 1 son, 4 grandchildren, 2 half-sisters and numerous nieces and nephews and a host of good friends.

RUTA, Michael, of Palisades Park, NJ, a member of the 390th BG, 568th BS during WWII, he flew out of England and was captured and held in Luft IV. He also participated in the Black Bread March during the Russian push to end the war.

SKOUBO, Ralph, age 79, of Boardman, Oregon, passed away April 11, 2001. A life member of AXPOW and member of the Willamette Valley Chapter, he served with the 8th AF, 92nd BG as a B-17 pilot during WWII and was held in Luft 1, Barth. He is survived by his loving wife Myra, 2 sons, 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

STANLEY, Louie E. died April 19, 2001. He was an AAC veteran of WWII, serving as the “belly gunner” on a B-24. He spent 26 months in Stalag 17B and was later transferred to another camp in Brawnau, Austria before liberation in May, 1945. He is survived by one son, Larry, of Napperville, IL. Louie was a life member of the Middle Georgia Chapter.

SULLIVAN, Thomas J. 76, of Northport, NY, died March 27, 2001, while serving as a Jr. Vice Commander of Long Island Chapter, AXPOW. A member of the 15th AF, 747 BG, 459 BS, he was a radioman/gunner on a B-24 at out Giulia Field, Italy and held captive in Luft 4, Poland. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary, 3 sons, 3 daughters and 10 grandchildren.

THOMPSON, Robert A., 84, of Royal Palm Beach, FL; formerly of Danvers, MA, passed away March 24, 2001. He served as a pilot in the 8th AF, 91st BG, 401st BS, was shot down on the first raid over Berlin and was held in Luft 1 as part of the “Hungry Hollow” group. A life member of AXPOW, he is survived by his wife of 57 years,  Edith, 1 son, 2 daughters, 6 grandchildren, 1 brother and 5 sisters.

TUCKER, Novenda A., 75, of Rittman, OH,  beloved wife of the late Paul H., died May 2, 2001 at home. She was an active member of the North Central Chapter, AXPOW. She leaves behind 3 sons, 1 daughter, 4 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 1 brother and 3 sisters and many, many friends.

VERMETTE, Claire, of  Hobe Sound, FL, formerly of Lowell, MA, and Biddeford, ME, died April 18, 2001. During WWII, she was a child when she and her family were captured in the Philippines and held as Japanese POWs for 38 months in Santo Tomas and Los Banos. They were rescued Feb. 23, 1945. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Henry, 2 daughters, 3 sisters, 1 brother, 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

VOLKERS, William M. “Bill” passed away at age 88 on May 5, 2001. Bill was the husband of Tanya; both were AXPOW and 49ers Chapter members. Tanya was a civilian internee in the Chapai Camp in China while she was married to her first husband. Bill was a WWII Navy veteran. Survivors include Tanya, 2 stepsons, 2 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

WAGES, Thomas B. Jr., of Tulsa OK, died April 3, 2001 at the age of 78. Tom was a past chapter commander and worked diligently on the National Convention in Tulsa a few years ago. He was a radio operator with the 15th AF and was shot down over Germany and held in Lufts 1 & 3. He leaves his wife, Vivian, 4 sons and numerous grandchildren.

 


June 2001
 

 

ADKINS, F G “Jerry”, of Raytown, MO, died March 17, 2001. He has been an AXPOW member since 1986, served as past commander of the Heart of America Chapter and was involved with 452 BG Association and the Caterpillar Club. He was held at 7A, Nurnburg, Wetzlar and Frankfort. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mildred.

ARMOLD, DOROTHY SCHOLL, formerly of Topeka KS, died Sept. 16, 2000. Dorothy was an Angel of Bataan & Corregidor, and was held in Santo Tomas. She lived with her daughter in Weatherford OK. Shortly after her death, the Oklahoma Nursing Association presented a memorial to honor Dorothy.

BAKER, ROBERT F. of Wichita KS, died Feb. 5, 2001. A life member since 1984, he was also a member of the Air Capital Chapter. He served in Co K, 137 Regt, and was marched as a POW. He is survived by his wife, Betty J.

BECKHAM, JULIUS D, of Jacksonville FL, died in November 1999. A life member of AXPOW since 1983, he served in 550 AB, Co C, and was held in Stalag 4B.

BLOOMINGBERG, GEORGE, Chaplain for the Western Kentucky Chapter passed away Feb. 10, 2001. He was drafted in 1943, trained as an airplane mechanic before capture, and spent several months near Dresden in Slaughterhouse Five and other Stalags. Survivors include his wife Juanita, and 2 sons.

BRANUM, CHARLES “Sonny” died in Cape Girardeau, MO on Jan. 14, 2001. He was 80 years old. Attached to the 71st Inf, 5th Interceptor Combat Unit in the Philippines, he was captured on Bataan and held until liberation at Camp O’Donnell, Bilibid and Mukaishima, where he witnessed the atomic explosion at Hiroshima. A life member of AXPOW, he is survived by his wife Mary Etta, 1 son, and 4 sisters.

CHRISTOPHERSON, ROBERT W. of Sacramento, CA, passed away March 3, 2001 at age 83. He was a member of AXPOW and the 49ers Chapter. As a bombardier/navigator, riding the B-17 “Superstitious Aloysius”, he was shot down over Leipzig and spent nine months in Hoffenstei, Meningen, Luft 3, Nurnburg, and Moosburg. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Jo, 1 daughter and 1 son.

CLARK, JOHN C., age 79, of Randel, WA died Dec. 22, 2000. He served with Battery C, 59th Reg. Coast Artillery Corp and was captured on Corregidor May 6, 1942 and held 3 ½ years. He leaves his wife of 40 years, Catherine, 1 son, 2 sisters, 3 stepdaughters, 2 stepsons, 4 grandchildren, 1 great-granddaughter, and numerous nieces and nephews.

COLLINS, JOSEPH L. passed away March 3, 2001 in Beverly, MA at the age of 80. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the 758th BS as a gunner on a B-24, and was held POW in Germany for nine months. A life member of AXPOW Mass Chapter #1, he is survived by his wife Margaret, 3 daughters, 1 son, 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

COSTELLO, GEORGE B. age 82, of Eveleth, MN passed away March 29, 2001. He served in both the Army and Army Air Corps and was a Tech Sgt when he was shot down over Germany in May 1944. A life member of AXPOW and the Arrowhead Chapter. He leaves his wife, Ethel, 3 daughters and 2 granddaughters.

D’ATTORRO, ANTONIO, died at age 82 in Providence, RI on March 31, 2001. He was a survivor of the Bataan Death March during WWII and used his experience to educate others through his paintings. After his wife Jennie’s death, he began a series of war pictures - of the Death March, his life in camp, and fellow POWs. Survivors include 2 sons, 5 sisters, 1 brother, 1 grandson, several nieces and nephews and his caregiver.

DAVIS, REDMOND, of Braselton, GA, died Oct. 3, 2000 at age 74. He served with the 42nd Rainbow Div in Europe and was captured during the Battle of the Bulge, and spent the duration of the war in Stalag 11B. He leaves his wife of 54 years, Birdie, 1 son, 1 daughter and 3 grandchildren, and good friend Samuel Polis.

DEMEL, EDGAR M. of Houston, TX passed away Feb. 16, 2001. During WWII, he served as a bombardier with the 15th AF in Italy, was shot down twice before capture, and was held in Luft III until liberated by Gen Patton. Survivors include his wife Martha, 4 children, 2 stepchildren, 6 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren and 1 sister.

FRITZ, JOHN JOSEPH, died March 15, 2001 in Dover, DE. A life member of AXPOW, Jack was a civilian doing DoD contract work when he was captured by the Viet Cong. He was held POW for 4 years from Feb. 1969-Feb. 1973. He is survived by his loving wife, Joan, 2 sons, 1 daughter, and 3 grandchildren.

HARPER, ROBERT, of Metairie LA, died Dec. 16, 2000. He was a life member since 1988. He served with 82 AB Co C 508 Parachute, and was a POW in Stalags 12A and 7A. He is survived by his wife, Esble.

HEATHMAN, DONALD ROB’T, of Booneville, AR, passed away March 1, 2001. He joined the National Guard in Chase Co, Ks in Oct. 1940 and was attached to the 35th Div Recon Troops in Europe, where he was captured and held POW. Survivors include his wife, Doris, 2 daughters, 1 son, 1 brother, 6 grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

HENDERSON, PRESTON of the Texas Panhandle Chapter, AXPOW, died Dec. 12, 2000. He served in Europe during WWII and was captured and held as a POW there. Survivors include 1 son, 2 daughters, 3 stepchildren, 2 sisters and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

HOMER, BERTHA, of Tarpon Springs FL, died March 12, 2001. She was a new member to AXPOW, and the wife of Arthur Homer, a POW in Stalag 9B. Her son, Art Homer, Jr. is also a new life member.

HOUCK, HARRY M, of Mullens WV, died March 23, 2001. He served with 390 BG as a radio operator & gunner, and was held in Luft 4 and 6. He is survived by his wife, Jane.

JAMES, JOHN L, Jr. of Wilmington, NC passed away March 20, 2001. During WWII, he served in the AAC and was a POW after his B-17 was shot down over Holland. He was an active member of Cape Fear Chapter, AXPOW, last serving as Chapter Commander. He is survived by 1 sister, 1 daughter and 2 grandchildren.

JENKINS, LYLE N. of Panorama City, CA died April 5, 2001. A member of 92nd Coast Artillery Corps he was on Corregidor when it was surrendered on May 6, 1942. He spent 31/2 years in Prison Camps in the Philippines and Japan. Lyle was Life Member of AXPOW, ADBC and American Legion. He was predeceased by 2 sisters and is survived by 2 nieces.

JOPLING, LUCY WILSON, of Bossier City LA, died Christmas Day, 2000. She was one of the first Red Cross nurses called on active duty in the army in 1940. Although never a POW herself, (she escaped Bataan to Corregidor on the day Bataan surrendered), she helped fly POWs out from Luzon. She married Daniel Jopling, a Japanese POW, and published an account of her life in her book titled “Warrior in White”. She was preceded in death by her husband.

KAPITZ, PETER, died Oct. 26, 2000 in Akron, Ohio. He served in the 36th Division, 142 Infantry, Company K in World War II and was captured by the Germans in Italy. He is survived by his son Michael.

MABINI, FERNANDO, of El Paso, TX passed away March 12, 2001. During WWII, he served in the Pacific, was captured on Bataan on April 9, 1942, and was forced on the Bataan Death March. He was held 3 1/2 years until liberation.

MAITLAND, ROBERT J. of Aldan, PA died Jan. 2, 2001. He served with the 8th Air Force as a B-17 bombardier and was shot down and held in Luft III. He is survived by his beloved wife, Dorris, 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren. He is dearly missed.

MARNELL, PATRICK A. of Wichita KS, died March 6, 2001. Life member #314, he was a member of the Air Capital Chapter. Mr. Marnell served with 451 BG, and was held in Stalag 17B.

MILLER, HOMER L. 78, of Perry, Iowa, a life member of AXPOW and the Mid Iowa Chapter, died Feb. 19, 2001. He was a gunner on a B-17 with the 447th BG, 711 BS out of England, when he was shot down over France and held 16 months in Lufts I, VI and IV, and the Black March across Germany. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mildred, 1 son and 2 grandchildren.

MILLER, LLOYD I. 79, died March 24, 2001 in Bessemer City, NC. A veteran of the Army Air Force, 457 BG out of England, he was shot down and held as a POW in Germany for one year before liberation. He leaves his wife, Eleanor, 1 son, 2 daughters, 1 brother, 1 sister, 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

OAKES, KAREN, of Olympia, Washington died March 30, 2001. She is survived by her mother Kathy Oakes. Karen was a life member of the AXPOW and a member of the Tacoma, Washington Chapter.

PATTON, WALLACE W. a life member of AXPOW and former member of the Arlington (TX) Chapter died Sept. 24, 2000 a the age of 75. He was shot down over Germany during WWII and was a POW in Luft 1, Barth. He is survived by his wife, Pat, 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren, 1 brother and 2 sisters.

PENNICK, ALPHONSUS A. passed away July 16, 2000 at age 79. He was a life member of AXPOW and Northeast NY Chapter. He served in the 8th Air Force-390th Bomb Gr.-569th Sq. On his 35th mission, he parachuted over Cologne, Germany and was captured. He was a POW in Stalag-Luft IV. He was liberated by the British on May 6, 1945. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carmella, 2 daughters, 2 sons, 7 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

PETERSON, CW “Pete”, of Fort Valley, GA, WWII fighter pilot, passed away at 79 on Feb. 6, 2001. He served with the 353rd FS and was shot down, and held POW until liberation. His wife, Louise predeceased him; survivors include his loving sister Vivian.

PETERSON, WALTER A. Sr. 76, of Genoa City, WI, died March 14, 2001. A life member of AXPOW. Walter served in the Army and was held in 9B, Bad Orb, Germany during WWII. He is survived by his wife Frances, 3 daughters, 1 son, 11 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 1 brother and many nieces and nephews.

REIDY, SUMI KAIDE, of Carson City, NV, died December 18, 2000. She was the beloved wife of Martin S Reidy, who was a POW in Budapest, Stalag IV, and Stalag I.

REY, DONALD E., age 79, of Holt, MI, passed away Jan. 18, 2001. In 1941, he enlisted in the Army and was attached to the 8th Inf. Div. He was captured at Normandy and spent the duration of the war in Stalags 12A and 7A; then re-enlisted and served with the Military Policy in Germany until 1951. A member of the Michigan Chapter, AXPOW, he is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Marianne, 1 son, 2 daughters, 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

SMIDL, WARD C. of Palatine, IL, died Feb. 1, 2001. A life member since 1983, he served in the 9th AF, 391 BG, and was a POW in Dulag Luft. He is survived by his wife, Edith.

SNYDER, CHARLES F. age 80, of Virginia, MN passed away March 26, 2001. Charlie was a Sgt. In the 4th Marines serving first in Shanhai, China before being sent to the Philippines, and was captured on Corregidor, serving 3 years and 3 months as a guest of the Emperor. He was a member of the Arrowhead Chapter, AXPOW and is survived by his wife, Joyce, 2 daughters, 1 brother, 4 grandsons, and 5 great-grandchildren.

STEINWINDER, JAMES G. 74, of Jackson, MS, and life member of AXPOW, died June 11, 2000. He was an Army veteran of WWII, serving with the 253rd Reg. 63rd Inf. Div. And was held captive in Germany until liberation. He was preceded in death by his wife Stella; and is survived by 1 son, 1 daughter, 1 grandson and 2 granddaughters.

SULLIVAN, GEORGE JAMES, of Southfield, MI, passed away March 14, 2001 at age 79. During WWII, he served in the Army and spent 13 months as a prisoner of war in Germany. He leaves 1 son, 1 daughter and 5 grandchildren.

SULLIVAN, THOMAS J. age 76, of Northport, NY died March 27, 2001. He served as a B-24 RO in the 459th BG, 15th AF, based in Italy, was shot down in June 1944 and held POW in Luft 4. A life member of AXPOW, he was currently serving as JVC of the Long Island Chapter. Survivors include his wife Mary, 6 children and 10 grandchildren.

SWAINE, KENNETH E., 75, of Attleboro, MA passed away Feb. 24, 2001. During WWII, he served with the 179th INF, 45 Div and was captured in Germany on Aug. 29, 1944 after campaigns in Rome, Southern France and the Rhineland. He is survived by his wife Arlene, 1 son, 4 daughters, 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

TANNER, MAURICE L. of Moss Point, MS, died March 23, 2001 at the age of 75. He served in the Army in Germany, was captured and held POW there. He was a life member of AXPOW, Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter and is survived by his wife Maud, and many family members and dear friends.

TAYLOR, VEDA MARGARET, of Fairlee, VT died April 22, 2001 at home. She was a civilian internee during WWII and spent 3 ½ years as a POW at Santo Tomas. Survivors include 4 sons, 6 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Her husband William predeceased her.

THOMPSON, ROBERT A., 84, of Royal Palm Beach, FL passed away March 24, 2001. He served as a pilot in the 8th AF, 91st BG, 401st BS, was shot down March 6, 1944 on the first raid on Berlin and was held in Luft I as part of the “Hungry Hollow” group. He was a life member of AXPOW. Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Edith, 1 son, 2 daughters, 6 grandchildren, 1 brother and 5 sisters.

TRUESDALE, VICTOR, 82, of Heath Springs, SC died April 20, 2001. During WWII, he served in the army, was captured and held in 3C until liberation. He is survived by his wife Mildred, 2 sons, 2 brothers, 1 sister, 2 grandchildren, 1 step-grandson and 1 great-grandchild.

WADE, EVELYN, of Hayward, CA, past State Dept. Commander and past Chapter Commander for Cecelia McKie Chapter, died Dec. 3, 2000. She was the widow of the late Shorty Wade, and devoted many years to The American Ex-Prisoners of War on both a national and local level. Many members will remember her from national conventions. Evelyn is survived by one niece.

WESTBERRY, MORRISON, age 76, passed away at the Dublin, GA. VA in February 2001. He was a member of the Savannah Chapter and was preceded in the death by his wife Melrose. They were Life Members of National and the Dept. of Georgia. Mr. Morrison was captured while a member of the 3rd Inf. Div. in Europe.

WHITE, MATTIE, wife of ex-POW Durwood White of Sikeston, MO, passed away recently. She and her husband were members of the Bootheel AXPOW Chapter in Missouri. Durwood was a POW in Korea and held in various camps including Camp 5.

WILLIS, SHERMAN of Star, ID, passed away in the Veterans Hospital in Boise on March 22, 2001. A life member of AXPOW, he served with the 147th Div during WWII and was a prisoner of war in Stalag XIIA at Limburg until liberation. He leaves his wife Helen Marie, 1 son, and 3 grandchildren.

ZELLER, LOUIS died Sept. 21, 2001 at the age of 80 in St. Louis, MO. He served with the 8th AF, 398th BG, 600th BS in WWII; his B-17 was shot down on July 7, 1944 and he was held in Luft 4 and Luft 1. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Marge, 2 daughters, 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

 


May 2001

 

AYER, Robert L., of Madison, WI, passed away April 30, 2000. During WWII, he served with the 15th AF, 456 BG as a S/Sgt. He was captured in France in Aug. 1944 and held in Luft 4 until liberation. Survivors include his son Timothy.

BAGOT, Walter M. SVC of Agua Fria Chapter, AZ died March 20, 2001. He enlisted in the AAF in1940 and completed pilot training in April 1943. His B17 was shot down over Germany in Oct. 1944. He retired from the Air Force in 1964. He is survived by his wife Marion, 2 sons, a daughter, and grandchildren.

BIGELOW, Lorraine A., 78, of Maywood died Dec. 12, 2000 after a long illness. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, crossword puzzles and the Chicago Cubs. Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Gordon; 1 son, 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

BUSH, Maurice E, a member of the Agua Fria Chapter, AXPOW, passed away Feb. 12, 2001. He served in the 1st Inf. Div. during WWII, 1942-1945, and was held captive in Germany. He is survived by his wife Hilda and one son.

CELLITTO, Guido A., 77, of Lonaconing, MD passed away Nov. 17, 2000. During WWII, he served in the Army, 101st Airborne and was held prisoner in Ala Saunce, France and a hospital in Paris. He was a member of Maryland West Chapter, Cumberland, MD. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, 1 son, 3 daughters, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

CHRISTIANSON, Helen, of Watford City, ND died July 7, 2000. She was a member of Dakota North Chapter and the widow of ex-POW Clarence. She is survived by two sons and three daughters.

D’AMBRA, Antonio of Cranston, RI. He served in the AAF during WWII with the 410th BG and was captured. His wife Beatrice, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 2 brother, 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

DAVIS, Ida, widow of past national judge-advocate Hubie and long-time members of AXPOW and Stalag 17B Assn, passed away March 31, 2001. She had been in a nursing home after breaking her shoulder and died of a heart attack. Miss Ida was a familiar face around National, serving as fundraising chair, and, with Hubie, for many years on the Andersonville Committee. She is survived by two daughters and two grandchildren.

DAVIS, Furman J. of Tampa, FL died Feb. 5, 2001. He enlisted in the Army, then the Air Force and served in WWII and Korea. During WWII, he was a B17 navigator and was held for almost a year in Luft 3. He leaves his wife Mary, 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

DeMERIT, Merrill W. Jr, of Dayton, OH, died Feb. 11, 2001. He was a member of the Dayton Area Chapter, and a life member of AXPOW since 1980. A member of the 8 AF, 356 FG, 360 FS, he was held in Luft 3, 7A, and Oflag 8A. He is survived by his wife of 55years, Norma Jean.

DITTOE, Clarence W. (Joe) 79, of Lancaster, OH died March 14, 2001. A member of the 8th Inf. Div. in Cologne, he was captured and held POW. He is survived by 1 step-daughter, 1 step-son, 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

EDER, Veda V., 79 of Munster, IN passed away March 6, 2001. She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Charles, 1 son, 1 daughter and many friends.

EINEICHNER, Mae A, life member of Wolverine Chapter #1 passed away Nov. 26, 2000. She is survived by her beloved husband of 54 years, 2 sons, 1 daughter and 7 grandchildren. Tiger, the cat and all the neighborhood dogs miss her, too.

ENGET, Walter of Minot, ND, died Feb. 4, 2001. He served with the 104th INF DIV and was captured in Germany. He was past commander of the North Dakota State Dept. and past commander of the Dakota North Chapter. He is survived by his wife Alice, 3 daughters and 2 sons.

ESPOSITO, Teo D., 81, of Portage, IN. Teo served during WWII in the 106th INF DIV in the Battle of the Bulge. He is survived by 2 sons, 2 daughters, 1 brother, 1 sister and a host of loving relatives.

FLOYD, Robert , 76 of Panama City, Florida passed away on Feb 15,2001. While serving in the United States Army during WW II, S/Sgt Floyd was captured by the Germans and held as a Prisoner of War for 6 months. He was a member of The Hutchison Poplawski Chapter of AX POW’s In Panama City, Florida. Survivors include his wife of 55 years Ernestine, one daughter, five Grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters.

FORD, Calvin Fielding of Carmichael, CA, died 11/8/99. A life member since 1978, he was with the 8 AF, 379 BG H, 526 BS, and held in Stalag 7A, Luft 3, and Dulag Luft.

GOFF, Kenneth B. Sr. of Cranston, RI died Jan. 26, 1999. He served in military intelligence during WWII and is the father of Kenneth B. Goff, Jr., MIA from Vietnam. Survivors include his wife Annie, 2 sons (including Kenneth Jr.), 1 daughter, 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson.

GORDON, Arthur K ‘Art’ of Gaffney, SC (formerly of Maryland), died March 17, 2001. An AXPOW life member since 1986, he served in Co B, 394 Inf, 99 Div, and was a POW in Stalags 13C and 13D. He is survived by Margaret, his wife of 40 years.

GRANTZ, Francis W, of Ballwin, MO, died 06/08/00. He was with the 15 AF 99 BG 346 BS. He is survived by his wife, Elys ‘Nel’.

GRUBBS, Garland F, 78 of Bald Knob, AR passed away Feb. 20, 2001. He was an Engineer Gunner on a B-24 with the 15th AF in Italy, when he was shot down, captured and held prisoner in Bucharest, Ploesti and Romania. Vice Commander of Arkansas Chapter #1, he is survived by his wife of 58 years, Alma Louise, 2 brothers, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

HART, Henry L. 88, of Amesbury, formerly of Lynn, MA passed away recently. He was the husband of the late Margaret, who died in 1967. He was taken prisoner in 1944 in Drusenheim, France and liberated by the 45th Infantry on Apr. 20, 1945. Survivors include 2 sisters and many nieces and nephews.

HENDRIX, Robert L of Everett WA, passed away on March 1, 2001. Bob was a B-24 waistgunner in the 15 AF, and was a German POW in Luft 4 & 1. He was a member of the Evergreen Chapter.

HOEFLING, John J. age 79 of Howell, NJ died Dec. 14, 2000. John served with the Army, 1st DIV, 26th INF Anti-Tank CO. He was held in Dresden and Liepsig and was a member of the Ocean County Chapter, AXPOW. Survivors include his wife Charlotte, 1 sister, 1 brother, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.

HOOVER, Otho, 93, of Ashland, MS passed away Feb. 12, 2001. He was a life member of AXPOW. During WWII, he served with the 449th BG, 717 BS, 15th AF and was shot down over Ploesti and held in Bucharest. He is survived by his wife, Laura, 1 son and 2 grandchildren.

HOWARTH, James H. 82, of Spokane, WA passed away Feb. 25, 2001. During WWII, he served in the AAC with the 351st BG and was a prisoner of war for 12 months. Jim was a member of the Spokane-Inland Chapter, AXPOW and a Past National Director. He was also an NSO for AXPOW. He is survived by his wife, Lois, 1 son, 4 step-children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

JOHNSON, Clarence of Watford City, ND died Dec. 23, 2000. He served in the infantry and was captured near Hatton, France and held in Germany. He was a member of the Dakota North Chapter and is survived by 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

JONES, Kermit E. of Littleton, CO passed away Feb. 19, 2001 at 76. He was a member of the Mile High Chapter, AXPOW, and served with the 8th AF, 100 BG, 351st BS in Europe. He was held in WBN #20. Survivors include 1 daughter, 1 son and 2 grandsons.

JURGS, Donald W., 76, of Burnsville, MN died March 10, 2001. During WWII, he served with the 3rd INF DIV, and was captured at Anzio. He was held for 15 months. Don was active with AXPOW, serving as Education Chairman and as a dedicated volunteer at Andersonville. He is survived by his wife Jean, 1 son, 2 daughters, and 2 granddaughters.

KAUFMAN, Erwin, of Charlestown, MA and Boca Raton, FL died in Cambridge at age 83. A veteran of the Army during WWII, he escaped from a German POW camp. Survivors include his wife, Donna, 3 daughters, 2 sons and 2 grandchildren.

KEOUGH, Daniel J. 87, of Cranston, RI died Feb. 18, 1998. He was wounded during D-Day on Normandy with the 29th Div, then captured in Nov. 1944 and held POW until liberation. He leaves his wife, Doris, 2 step-children, 6 grandchildren, and 2 great-granddaughters.

KOMER, Adolph, of Pontiac, MI,age 79, died Feb. 25, 2001. He served in the Air Force during WWII as a B-24 Pilot,Advanced Flight Instructor and Gunnery Champion, and was a POW in Germany, escaping twice. Survivors include 1 son, 1 daughter and 1 grandchild.

KOMOR, Frank, of Dearborn Hts, MI, died March 6, 2001 at 78. A life member of AXPOW since 1980, he was a member of the Wolverine Chapter. He served in 95 BG 334 BS as a S/Sgt, and was a POW in Luft 4 & 6. His wife, Mary, predeceased him. He is survived by 2 sons, and 1 daughter.

LAPP, James W., 82, of Sumas, WA died Feb. 5, 2001. He was with the 96th BG, 339 BS, 8 AF, when he was shot down and held in Luft III for 18 months. In Jan. 1945, he marched to Luft VII-A where he was liberated in April. Jim was a member of the Fourth Corner Chapter, AXPOW and is survived by his wife Martha Anne, 2 sisters, 1 brother.

LARSON, Edward J, of Snohomish, WA, died Feb. 25, 2001. A member of the Evergreen Chapter and a life member of AXPOW since 1977, he served in the Quartermaster Corp., and was held for 33 months in Davao, Cabanatuan and Bilibid. He is survived by his wife, LaWauna.

LATHAM, Joe T. of Temple, TX, died in July 2000. A life member of AXPOW, he was a member of the Cen-Tex Chapter. Latham served in the Marine Corp and was a POW held in Shanghai and Osaka. He is survived by his wife, Melada.

LAWTON, Peggy, of Estill, SC, died in late 2000. She was the widow of Manny, who was a prisoner of the Japanese during WWII. He wrote the book “Some Survived”. She leaves behind two sons and two grandchildren.

LECLAIR, John H., 81, Bataan Death March survivor, died Feb. 9, 1999 at age 81 in Pawtucket, RI. He was past national commander of ADBC and a member of Rhode Island Chapter #1. He leaves 5 sons, 1 daughter, 1 brother, 3 sisters, 15 grandchildrenand 2 great-grandchildren.

LEIFER, Frank J. of Milwaukee, WI, a rifleman with the 79th DIV, passed away Jan. 11, 2001. A member of Milwaukee Barbe Wire Chapter, AXPOW, he was captured in Louneville, France and held in Stalags 5D and 2B. He is survived by his loving wife, Lillian.

LEGG, Robert W., age 87, of Batesville, MS, passed away July 3, 2000. A WWII veteran, he served in Europe, was captured and held for 6 months in Germany. He was a life member, AXPOW and life member, Sgts. Assn. Survivors include his wife Mattie, 2 sons, 1 daughter and 15 grandchildren.

LUCERO, Robert O, died Feb. 4, 2001. He served in Battery F, 200th Coast Artillery, Anti-Aircraft in the Philippines and was captured on Bataan April 9, 1942 and held for 3 1/2 years. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Anna, 1 brother, 2 sisters, 2 step-sons, 2 step-daughters, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and loving relatives.

MADDEN, George E. of Plainfield, IL passed away at age 75 on Feb. 16, 2001.He served in the Army, 45 Div, and was a prisoner of war in Germany until his escape. He was a past commander of the Fox River Valley Chapter, AXPOW. Survivors include three cousins and a host of friends.

MARKLAND, Wanda, of Elizabethton TN, died January 15, 2001. A life member since 1977, she was a member of the East Tennessee Chapter. She is survived by her husband, George, who was a POW in Stalag 12A and 3C.

McNICHOLAS, James J. passed away March 6, 2001 in Youngstown, OH. He was a veteran of WWII, serving with the 8th AF, 96 BG when he was shot down over Leipzig. He is survived by his wife, Sally, six sons and three daughters.

MILES, Elbert P. , of Bridgeton, MO, died Feb. 8, 2001. An AXPOW life member since 1984, he was a member of the Greater St Louis Chapter. He servedwith the 15 AF 451 BG 724 BS, and was a POW in Austria. He is survived by his wife, Marie.

MILLER, Lester A, of Stanton, MI, died 01/05/01. A life member of AXPOW since 1989, he was also a member of the American Legion, DAV and VFW. He served with the 8 AF 390 BG 69 BS and was a POW in Luft 4, and marched 700-mile march in 69 days in Germany. He is survived by his wife, Patricia.

MOHR, Homer H, of Ft. Worth, TX, died recently. A life member since 1990, he was a member of the Fort Worth Chapter. He served in the 364 BS 305 BG, and was held at Luft 3 and 7A.

MORRIS, Mary D, beloved wife of Herbert, passed away Jan 19, 2001 in Waco, TX. She was a life member of Waco Chapter #1, AXPOW. In addition to her husband of 55 years, she is survived by 3 daughters, 2 sons, 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

NORRIS, James P. Sr. of Portland, OR died Feb. 14, 2001 at age 82. A veteran of WWII, he served in the Pacific, and after surviving the Bataan Death March, spent more than 3 years in POW camps at the hands of the Japanese. He was a founding member of the Columbus River Chapter, and is survived by his wife Shirley, 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

OSOWSKI, Anthony, of Warwick, RI, died at age 74. He was a member of the 101st Airborne Div. during WWII when he was captured and later escaped. A member of AXPOW and RI Chapter #1, he leaves his wife, Patricia, 1 son, 1 daughter, 1 brother 1 sister and 3 grandchildren.

PARDEE, Thelma R. age 73, of Ilion, NY passed away Nov. 25, 2000. She leaves her husband Nelson A. and four children and seven grandchildren. Thelma was secretary-treasurer for Central New York Chapter, AXPOW for many years and will be missed by her many friends.

PIRES, Sam R. 77 of Bristol, RI. Beloved husband of Patrocinia, he was shot down over Malta, captured and held prisoner in Stalag 17B for more than 3 years. He leaves 2 adopted sons, 1 brother and 6 grandchildren.

PINA, George R., of the 590 MED, passed away June 18, 2000 in Warwick, RI. George was a member of the 106th Div Assn of the Golden Lions, and AXPOW, Rhode Island Chapter #1. He was captured in the Battle of the Bulge. Beloved husband of Ella,, father of 1, grandfather of 2, and loving brother.

REPP, Ross L. died Feb. 4, 2001. He was in the Army - 91st BG, 401 BS as a radio operator. After capture, he was held in Stalag 17B until liberation. He is survived by 1 son, 1 daughter, 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

REYNOLDS, Marjorie M, of Wichita KS, died 02/24/01. Her husband, Homer, was a POW in Stalags 7A, 13D, and Budapest. A life member of AXPOW since 1982, she was a member of the Central Oklahoma chapter.

RIBEIRO, Joseph, of Warwick, died Feb. 9, 1998 at age 84. He served in the Army during WWII and was held POW in Germany. He leaves his wife Anna, 1 brother and 6 sisters. A son, Robert, predeceased him.

SCHMIDT, Dan, WWII, 17th Airborne, PIR 513, Co. D, from Sarasota, FL died 2/12/99 and his wife Anna Marie died 7/31/00. They were Manasota Chapter members.

SCOTT, Allie Monroe, 87, of Fulton, MS passed away Feb. 18, 2001. He was a veteran of WWII, with the 106th DIV and was a POW in Germany from Dec. 19, 1944-Apr. 25, 1945. Survivors include his wife Nellie, 1 daughter, 1 granddaughter and 2 great-grandchidren.

SCOZZI, Anne of Cleveland, OH passed away Nov. 11, 2000. She was a member of the Barbed Wire Buckeye Chapter and is survived by her husband John. John was a POW in Stalag 7B.

SILVA, Manuel C. of Bristol, RI passed away March 9, 2001. Serving with the 106th INF, his division was overrun during the Battle of the Bulge and he was captured and held POW for 6 months. Survivors include his wife Elizabeth, 1 son, 1 daughter, 2 brothers, 1 sister, 2 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

SJODIN, Ervin Jonas, 75, of Salol, MN, died Feb. 1, 2001. He was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and spent the next 64 days on the road traveling through Germany, ahead of the liberating troops. He is survived by his wife Helen, 2 daughters, 1 son, 4 grandchildren and 1 sister.

SMYTHE, Ivy M. of East Rutherford, NJ, passed away at age 86 on March 11, 2001. Beloved wife of James, she was a life member of Chapter 3, AXPOW. She will be missed by her son, daughter, sister, brother and many friends.

SMOKSTAD, Mary Jane, a member of Agua Fria Chapter, AXPOW, passed away March 4, 2001. She served in the Navy during WWII. Her husband Keith served in the 168th Inf. Div and 34 Div and was held captive. She is also survived by one daughter, Jodi.

SPERNYAK, John, of Corning, N.Y. passed away Feb. 19, 2001. He was 79 years old. He was in the 15th AF, 451st BG, 726th BS. He was shot down and captured in Hungary in August of 1944 and held at Stalag Luft IV, C Lager, Barracks 8, Room 6. He was part of the Black March, and walked until liberated in early May of 1945. He lived with a sister who died and after that his niece came in and did the house work.

STEINMANN, Ralph H., 78, of El Paso, TX, died Feb. 6, 2001. He served as a corporal in the 103rd Inf. Div., CO B, 409 Reg. and was captured Dec. 2, 1944. He was taken to Czechoslovakia and interned until liberation. Survivors include his wife Patricia and 5 daughters.

STEWART, Walter W. and Anna of Coventry, RI. Both were members of Rhode Island Chapter #1, AXPOW. Woody was an Army veteran during WWII and was held POW. They leave their children -- 1 son, 1 daughter and 1 granddaughter.

STROOP, Millard E., of Riverside, CA, passed away on Thanksgiving Day, 2000. A native of Aida, OK, he was a member of the 82nd FG and survivor of a Bucharest POW camp, and he leaves behind his beloved wife Oliver. He and Oliver were both active members of the Inland Empire Chapter, AXPOW.

TODD, Paul A. of Alton, NH and Franklin, MA died Aug. 15, 2000 at the age of 78. He served as a B-17 pilot in the 388th BG, 561st BS, and was shot down and captured in France in Dec. 1943. He is survived by his wife Emily, six children and six grandchildren.

TODISCO, Frank, of Palm Coast, FL, passed away Feb. 18, 2001. He was a member of the Flagler Country Florida Chapter, AXPOW and had served in the Army during WWII. After capture, he was held in Stalags 12, 7A, 7B, 3A and 3B. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Rose, 2 sons and 1 daughter, 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

TURNER, Horace Rayburn, passed away on Sept 1 2000. He lived in Cullman,Al. He was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne attached to the 101 Airborne in WWII. He was captured in 1944 in France and liberated in Czechoslovakia by the Russians. He and his wife of 55 years were life members of the Birmingham chapter, AXPOW. He is survived by his wife Willadean, 2 sons, 1 daughter and 4 grandsons, 2 grand daughters and 7 great grand children.

WOFFORD, Drewry F. of Brookfield, CT, formerly of Rye, NY died Jan. 5, 2001. He served with the 384 BG, 8 AF, and was held in Stalag Luft 3 and 7A. A life member of CT Chapter, AXPOW, he leaves his wife, Judith.


April 2001
 

Larry S. Moses
Commander Dude
National Commander 1995-1996

Larry worked devotedly for two causes: AXPOW and his wife Selma. He did superbly at both.

He was born on June 4, 1921. In September, 1942, he joined the US Army Air Force. Gunnery school was at Tyndall Field in Florida; Factory Aircraft School, North American Aviation was in Inglewood, California. He was assigned as one of the original crews of the 452nd Bomb Group, 728th Bomb Squadron and served as a flight engineer, top turret gunner on a B-17G, Station 142, Deopham Green, England. On February 10, 1944, he was shot down in Brunswick, Germany and held in Stalag Luft 6 and Stalag Luft 4. As the war began winding down, he was forced to march from Luft 4 across Germany until he was liberated on April 26, 1945. After arriving home, he was discharged on November 5th as a Tech. Sgt.

After the war, he married Selma, attended Ohio Northern University and spent the next 50 years in retail management in Newburgh, New York. He was an amateur photographer and an advocate of veterans - in AXPOW, VFW, American Legion, DAV, 452nd Bomb Group and Luft IV associations. He also was active in the Masons, serving as Master, and Secretary, Kerem Masonic Lodge, and District Deputy, Tall Cedars.

Within the Department of New York, he served at all levels through State Commander. He also organized the first re-enactment of the Rainbow Bridge ceremony with the Canadian Ex-POWs the year he was Commander - a joint venture that still continues. At the National level, he also worked the chairs before becoming Commander. He held most committee posts including Suggestions, Awards, Andersonville Development, Constitution & By Laws. and Budget & Finance. After his term, he entered PNC “afterlife” as our National Historian, where he has been educating us ever since.

In addition to his beloved wife, Selma, Larry leaves one daughter, two granddaughters, and many, many friends - both in an out of AXPOW.

Past National Commander Larry Moses passed away on March 23, 2001.   

 

ALTVATER, H. Mark, 79, of Greensboro, NC passed away Jan. 30, 2001. During WWII, he served as a bomber pilot and was held as POW at Stalag Luft I. Survivors include two daughters, 1 son, 1 brother, 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.   Mark Altvater's web page

BARKMAN, Harold William, a life member of AXPOW and former member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter, died Jan. 21, 2001 at the age of 85. He was captured at Faid Pass, North Africa and held in Stalag Luft III and 7A until liberation. He is survived by his wife Nadine, 3 sons and 13 grandchildren.

BINTNER, Paul, age 81, of Council Bluffs, IA, passed away Jan. 24, 2001. He served with the 168th Anti-Tank, 34th Div, was taken prisoner in North Africa and spent 27 months in German camps. He is survived by his wife Joan, 5 children and 7 grandchildren.

BLAKE, Howard Sr., of Peru, MA died at age 76. He joined the Army in 1943 and served in Normandy, Frances, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe before being taken POW in Dec. 1944. He leaves his wife of 58 years, Marie, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 1 brother, 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

BLOOMINGBURG, George Lavell of Benton, KY died Feb. 9, 2001. He was a member of the 106th Infantry Division and an EX-POW, captured in the Battle of the Bulge. He had served as Western Kentucky Chapter AXPOW Chaplain since its inception. He is survived by his wife, Juanita.

BRANNSTON, Dorothy May , widow of Arnold J. Brannstrom, died in Cedurburg, Wisconsin on January 20, 2001. Arnold was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and spent several months as a POW in Germany. Arnold and Dorothy were members of the Barb Wire Chapter. Dorothy is survived by 1 son, 1 daughter and 5 grandchildren.

BROOKS, Orvalle R. passed away Dec. 13, 2000. He was a member of the 45th Div and was captured at Anzio and held until he escaped before the Russian Army advanced into Germany. He is survived by 3 daughters, 5 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. His wife, Roberta, predeceased him.

BUBBET, Victor L, Jr., of Dothan, AL, passed away Jan. 3, 201. He was Commander of the Wiregrass Chapter, AXPOW. During WWII, he served as navigator-bombardier and was captured and held in Stalag 17B. Survivors include his wife, Mary, 3 sons and 5 grandchildren.

BURGOON, Doris L. of Tonawanda, NY passed away Jan. 19, 2001. Beloved wife of Howard, dearest mother of 3, grandmother of 7. She was a member of Western NY Chapter, AXPOW.

CAREY, James K. of Folcroft, PA, died Nov. 23, 2001. During WWII, he was captured in Italy and held in 2B and Kommando 1637. He is survived by one son and one daughter.

CAYFORD, Everett M. age 80, of Skowhegan, ME passed away May 20, 2000. He served with the 8thAF, 389th BG, 564th BS as a tail gunner and was captured and held in Luft IV, then marched, hospitalized and then in IIA until liberation. Survivors include his wife Dorothy, 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

CLAUSSEN, Janice, of Clipper Mills, CA, a member of the North State Chapter AXPOW, passed away Jan. 20, 2001. She was predeceased by her husband Harold, an Army paratroper and POW in 7B. Both she and Harold were founder members of the chapter.

COLLYER, Walter James, 76, of Farmerville, LA, died Jan. 16, 2001. Walter was a member of the NortheastLA Chapter, AXPOW. He was captured in France during WWII; and he is survived by his wife Eileen, 3 daughters, 1 son and grandchildren.

CRAIG, Earl F. Jr. of Mission Viejo, CA passed away Nov. 19, 2000 at 74. He was captured on Corregidor at age 15, and held POW in the Philippines and Japan for 3 1/2 years. His leaves his wife Andra, 2 sons and 5 grandchildren.

CRATTY, Thomas W. Sr., of Tolland, CT died Jan. 20, 2001. During WWII, he served with 90th Div, 3rd Army, was captured and held at Stalag IIA, Limburg. A life member of Conn. Chapter, AXPOW, he leaves a son, brother and sister.

CROSBY, David A. of Atlanta, GA, died Nov. 24, 2000. He was a life member of AXPOW. During WWII, he served with the 8th Inf. Div., 121st Inf. Co. D. He was captured Dec. 23, 1944 and held POW in Oflag 79 after being moved from several other camps. He is survived by his wife Chris, 1 son, 2 daughters, 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

CROWL, Clarence J. 81, a member of the Brevard Space Coast Chapter, AXPOW, died Dec. 8, 2000. He served as a B17 pilot, was held POW in Germany for 2 1/2 years, and then served in the Korean War. Clarence is survived by wife Anne, 2 sons and 1 grandson.

CZAPLICKI, Jennie, of Terryville, CT beloved wife of John, passed away at age 81. In addition to her husband, she is also survived by 1 son, 1 daughter, 1 sister, 4 grandchildren, and a nephew.

DAIGLE, Edwin P. of Tomahawk, WI, passed away Jan. 7, 2001. He served in WWII with Co F. 376th Inf. Bn, was captured and marched until liberation. He is survived by his wife Bonnie Jean.

DAVIS, Furman J. of Tampa, Florida died February 5, 2001. He was born January 29, 1921. Navigator on B17, flying out of England, he was in Stalag Luft III. He retired from the Air Force in 1957 as a Major and had been a life member of AXPOW since 1984.

DEEB, Joseph, 79, of Middleton, MA, passed away Feb. 10, 2001. He seved with the Air Force during WWII in the Pacific, with the 53rd Sq. 29th BG, 314th Wing on a B29 and was shot down while flying over Tokyo. He leaves his wife Faye, 1 son, 2 sisters, and one grandchild.

DeFLORIO, Daniel P. of Bradford, MA, died Oct. 30, 2000. During WWII, he and his B17 were shot down over Germany; he was captured and held for 2 years. His wife Elaine, 1 son, 1 stepson, 1 granddaughter and 1 brother survive.

DeSARBO, Susan, 79, formerly of South Beloit, IL passed away on Wednesday January 24, 2001. Her husband Frank DeSarbo, deceased, was a POW in Germany. She was a Life member of AXPOW and a member of the Southern Wisconsin Chapter. She is survived by a daughter, 2 grandchildren and a sister.

FITE, James Tucker, 82, of Montgomery, AL. died Jan.25, 2001, served with the 27th BGrp, Hq.Sqdn. Pacific theater. US Army Air Corp. He was shot down in 1942, survived the Bataan Death March, held prisoner at Mukden, Cabanatuan, Manchuria, and Kamioka, Japan. Survived by his wife, Jackey S. two daughters, one son, and 3 grandchildren.

FLETCHER, John J. of Malverne, PA died Nov. 21, 2000. A member of the Brandywine Chapter, he served with the 384th BG, 546th BS out of England. He was shot down over Munich, captured and held in Luft I until liberation. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Ruth.

FORSBERG, Roy A, 85, of Spokane WA, died Jan. 11, 2001. A member of the Spokane-Inland Empire Chapter, he was a life member of AXPOW since 1993. A Civilian, he was captured on Wake Island and held in Fukuoka and Sasebo. He is survived by his wife, Roberta, 2 sons and 2 daughters, 3 step-children, 18 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

FREEMAN, Floyd, 80 of West Des Moines, IA, passed away Feb. 4, 2001. He served with the 3rd Bn, 168th Inf. 34th Div. Medics, was captured at Faid Pass and held in Italy, Poland, and Germany until liberation. A member of Mid-IA Chapter, he is survived by his wife Delphia, 1 son, 1 daughter and 4 grandchildren.

GAGNET, Thomas Rupert, 81 of Salem, VA, a charter member of the Roanoke Valley, VA Chapter, passed away on September 10, 2000. Tom was a survivor of Corregidor, Bataan and a Hell Ship. He is survived by his wife Sylvia, two sons and four grandchildren. Tom was a retired elementary school principal.

HANCOCK, Allen, of Texas, passed away July 9, 2000. A member of the 23rd Inf. he served in the Pacific where he was captured and held 3 1/2 years. A charter member of the Highland Lakes Chapter, AXPOW and first Commander, he later served the AXPOWs as Service Officer. Survivors include one daughter, 1 son, 1 granddaughter and 1 great-granddaughter.

HARVISON, Ernie Carrol, 82, of Mannford, OK died Jan. 30, 2001. He served with E Btry 60th CAC (AA) on Bataan, returned to Corregidor, and was with the last big guns fired on Corregidor May 6, 1942.

HULBERT, Eve, 86, of Lincoln, RI, beloved wife of Charles, passed away Aug. 22, 2000. Both Eve and Charles were life members of AXPOW. When Charles came back from Stalag 13D, she did his walking and other things for him.

JOHNSON, Herbert F, of Sandpoint ID, died Feb. 1, 2001. A member of the Spokane-Inland Empire Chapter, he was a life member of AXPOW since 1984. He was with the 93 BS 19 BG, survived the Bataan Death March and held at SanFernando and Cabanatuan. He is survived by his wife, Helen, 2 sons, 1 daughter and 6 grandchildren.

JOHNSON, Keith E, of Sun City Center FL, died in December, 2000, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.. A life member since 1986, he was a member of the Greater Tampa Bay Chapter. He was in the Hq Dept, and was a POW of the Japanese. He is survived by his wife, Merry.

KEIRNS, Harry Austin, of Alexander TN and member of the Alvin C. York Chapter, AXPOW, passed away Aug. 30, 2000. He served in the 455th BG, 15th AF, was captured and held in Luft 1 until liberation. His wife Oreatha Prichard, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren survive him.

KENNEDY, John Charles, of Venice Florida, age 77, died Jan. 15, 2001.He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Louise, 1 daughter, 1 son, 2 grandsons, 2 sisters, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

KOLBET, Bette, of Spokane WA, died Feb. 6, 2001. A member of the Spokane-Inland Empire Chapter, she was a life member of AXPOW since 1980. Bette was the widow of Edward, a POW in Stalag 17B. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, 2 grandchildren and one sister.

KRAUSE, Kenneth F, 77, of Johnson Creek, WI. passed away on January 19, 2001. He was a former Commander of the Southern Wisconsin Chapter, EX-POWs. He is survived by his wife of 53 years Helen, 2 sons, 5 grandchildren, 1 sister, and his stepmother. He was a POW in Stalag 12A Germany.

LANGELIER, Arthur, of Lake Havasu City, CA, passed away Jan. 13, 2001 at age 83. A survivor of the Bataan Death March, he served in the Air Force during WWII and was a life member of AXPOW. He is survived by his wife Audrey, 2 sons, 1 sister, 2 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

LEMON, John B. of Springfield, OH, died Jan. 29, 2001. He was 83. He served with the 1st Armr’d Div. in North Africa, was captured and held 27 months. A member of Ohio Chapter #10, AXPOW, he is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Lou, 5 sons, 10 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.

LINEBAUGH, Dale of Lebanon, OH, died Jan. 1, 2001. During WWII he was a gunner with the Air Force until he was shot down and held in Stalag 17B. He was a life member of AXPOW, and is survived by his wife Martha, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 1 stepson, and 9 grandchildren.

LOMBARDO, Pete, northeast Kansas City, MO, died Feb. 10, 2001. During WWII, he served with the Army and he was a member of the Heart of America Chapter, AXPOW. Survivors include 2 sons, 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. His wife, Anna, predeceased him.

MAHUGH, Chester, of Kalispell, MT, passed away Oct. 11, 2000. He served with the 15th AF, 376 BG 513 BS on a B-24. He was shot down on the Ploesti Raid and held in Bulgaria. A member of the Big Sky Chapter, AXPOW, he is survived by his wife of 56 years, Freda, 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

MAITLAND, Robert J. of Alden, PA, a member of Tri-State Chapter, AXPOW, passed away Jan. 2, 2001. He served with the 457th BG, 8th AF, and was held in Luft 3, Nurenburg and 7A.

MALONEY, Edward, 76, of Rock Hill, SC passed away Jan. 30, 2001 at age 76. He was the widower of Ann Boyd Maloney. During WWII, he served in the Army, was captured in the Battle of the Bulge and held until liberation. Surviving are his daughter Alice and 3 grandchildren.

MASTROBERARDINO, Joseph L., member of the New York Big Apple Chapter, AXPOW, died Nov. 13, 2000 at age 80. Serving in the Army Air Force, he was shot down over Germany and held in Stalag 17B for more than 2 years. Survivors include his beloved wife Ida, 1 son, 1 daughter and 2 grandchildren.

McCORTS, John J., 79, of Lower Paxton Twp., PA, died Feb. 10, 2001. A member of the Capital City Chapter, he served in the Army during WWII, and survived the Bataan Death March. He leaves 2 daughters, 1 son, 3 grandchidren and 3 great-grandchildren. His wife Neldal passed away in January.

McLAUGHLIN, Catherine, of North Port, FL passed away Feb. 22, 2001. Catherine was the wife of Charles and both were life members of AXPOW and the Imperial Chapter.

MCWILLIAMS, Anne “Nance”, beloved wife of Owen, passed away in Westfield, NJ at age 76 on Oct. 20, 2000. In addition to her husband of 55 years, she is also survived by 3 daughters, 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Both Nance and Owen are life members of AXPOW.

O’CONNOR, Thomas W., age 84, of Spring City, PA and member of Brandywine Chapter, AXPOW, died Oct. 28, 2000. Both Tom and his wife Doris were very active volunteers in the local veterans home where a room has now been named in their honor. He served in the RailSplitter Div. in Europe, was captured and held until liberation.

PATTERSON, J. T. ‘Pat’, of Odessa, TX, died Feb. 8, 2001. A life member of AX- POW since 1983, he was a member of the Permian Basin Chapter. He was part of the 2 BN 131 FA, and was a POW for 42 months in Bicycle Camp and Java. He was a member of the Lost Battalion Association.

PENDON, Ambrocia, age 83, of Tacoma, WA, died Feb. 24, 2001. He was a survivor of the Bataan Death March and was a life member of AXPOW and a member of the Tacoma WA Chapter. He is preceded in death by his wife, Pastora.

PETERSON, CW “Pete” of Ft. Valley, GA, died Feb. 6, 2001. He was a member of the 353rd FS in Europe, when he was shot down and captured. A member of the Middle Georgia Chapter, AXPOW, he leaves his sister Vivian of Troy Michigan.

PINKARD, Charles F. age 79, of Kosciiusko, MS, passed away Aug. 29, 2000. He was a member of the Air Force, 99th BG as a gunner on a B-17 out of Tunisia. Shot down over Italy, he was confined to Lufts 4 & 6 until liberation. Survivors include his wife Lois, 1 daughter, 2 sons, 8 grandchildren, and 2 brothers.

REAHM, George E., age 79, of Downingtown PA, died Jan. 28, 2001. He served with the 142nd Inf. Reg., 36th Div and was held in Germany. He was a member of the Brandywine Chapter, AXPOW, and is survived by his wife of 54 years, Anna, and two sisters.

REEVES, Fay, 83, Danville, IL, passed away Nov. 30, 2000. He served with the Army, 3rd Inf. Div. A Co, 2nd Btn HQ, was captured and held 22 1/2 months. A life member of AXPOW and member of the Illiana Chapter, he is survived by his wife Charity, 1 son and 1 grandson.

RIND, Emanuel, life member of the James L. Hale Memorial Chapter, VA, passed away Feb. 7, 2001. He served with the Army’s 99th Div until wounded and taken prisoner during the Battle of the Bulge. He is survived by his wife Edythe, 3 sons, and 4 grandchildren

ROBERTS, John W. age 85, of Oxford, PA and member of the Brandywine Chapter, AXPOW, passed away Jan. 29, 2001.John was a command pilot of a B-24 serving in the 487th BG of the 8th AF. He was shot down over occupied France and escaped after being held 11 months in Luft III. The widower of Elizabeth, he is survived by 1 son, 1 brother and 2 grandchildren.

SIEGFRIED, Fred, age 77, of Medina, OH, died Dec. 6, 2000. He was a life member of AXPOW. He served with the 391 BG, 574 BS as a tail gunner, was captured and held in Stalag VII-Moosburg. He leaves his wife Ruth, 7 children, and 1- grandchildren.

SMITH, Carl W. Jr. of Gulfport MS, died Jan. 21, 2001 at 81. He was a member of the 1st Armr’d Div and was captured in North Africa in 1943, and held in 2B, 3B, 7A, 10A, Marlag and 10C. After release, he remained in the military and participated in Korea. He was very active in AXPOW, serving as Commander of the Dept. of Mississippi, charter member and Comander of the MS Gulf Coast Chapter. He is survived by his beloved wife Elsie, 1 daughter, 2 sisters, 1 brother, and 1 grandchild.

SMITH, Kenneth Harold, age 76, passed away Jan. 8, 2001, in Kountze, TX. He served in Europe during WWII in the Balkans, Rome, and France, and was shot down over Munich on his first mission. He spent 10 months in Luft IV, then was marched across Northern Germany before being liberated in Belgium. Beloved husband of Mary Alice for 54 years, he is also survived by 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

THAYER, Richard Louis died in Indiana recently at age 81. He joined the AAC in 1941, then served as a waist gunner on a B17 until captured and imprisonment in Stalag 17-B, Krems. He was an active member of AXPOW. His beloved wife Evelyn precedeased him; survivors include 1 son and 1 daughter.

TRIMMER, Kenneth P. 82, passed away Feb. 15, 2001 in Huntington, NY. Long-time member of the Nassau-Suffolk Chapter, AXPOW, he served as a bombardier with the 451st BG, 15th AF. He was shot down over Vienna and held in Luft 7A until liberation. He is survived by his wife Janet and 1 daughter.

VELEZ, Celestino, 84 years old, of Tacoma, WA, died Feb. 16, 2001. A survivor of the Bataan Death March, he later served in Korea. He was a life member of AXPOW and the Tacoma Chapter. He leaves his wife of 54 years, Teresa.

VILLALOBOS, Rosa, age 85, of Tacoma, WA, died Feb. 23, 2001. She is survived by her husband Constante and was a life member of AXPOW and a member of the Tacoma, WA Chapter.

WALDRON, Donald G. of Jefferson City, MO, died Feb. 1, 2001 at age 77. He served with the 8th AF, 379th BG as a radio operator and was held in Stalag 17B. He is survived by his wife Della, 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren.

WEITZNER, Daniel, 82, veteran of 3 wars and Bataan survivor, died Jan. 31 in Leominster, MA. He served with the medical corps during WWII, until his capture. Near the end of the war, he was taken from his prison camp and put on a Hell Ship which was sunk by American bombers. Only 300 survived. He leaves his wife Phyllis, 1 son, 2 daughters, and 2 grandchildren.

WENZLIK, Edward, 81, of Camarillo, CA passed away Dec. 29, 2000. Serving with the 461 BG, 761 BS, he was a bombardier on a B-24 before being shot down and held in Stalag 7A. He leaves his wife Coralie, 1 brother, 1 daughter, 1 son, 2 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

WHITFORD, Harry E. Jr. of Rutland, VT died Feb. 11, 2001 at age 78. He served with the 8th AF and was a POW in Luft 4 before being forced on the “Black Bread March” until liberation. A member of Vermont Chapter #1, he is survived by his wife Dorothy, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

WILHOIT, Jack J. 84, of Spokane, WA, passed away Jan. 1, 2001. He served with the 8th AF, 92nd BG, 326 BS out of England, was shot down and held in Lufts 4 & 6. A member of the Spokane-Inland Empire Chapter. His wife, Hildegard, preceased him.

YOUNGROSS, Joseph A. passed away Jan. 2, 2001. He was a member of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter in North Broward. During WWII, he was a tail gunner on a B-17 with the 749th BS, 457 BG, captured and held in Lufts 4 and 1. He is survived by his wife Geraldine, 2 sons, 1daughter, and 5 grandchildren.


March 2001
 

 

ALLEN, James H. of Jackson, IN, died Dec. 25, 2000. He served with the 7th Armored Div. 33rd Bttn Eng. CO C and was captured and held for 8 1/2 months until liberated. He was a member of the West Indiana Chapter, AXPOW, where he served as Chaplain. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Esther, 1 son and 4 grandchildren.

BAILEY, Mary Jean, of Waycross, GA passed away Dec. 29, 2000. A life member of AXPOW and the North Central Georgia Chapter, she is survived by her husband Lawrence and one sister.

BALL, Wayne E. longtime resident of Ridgefield, WA who recently moved to Green Valley, AZ, died Dec. 12, 2000. He was with the 8th AF during WWII, and shot down over Germany. As a life member of AXPOW, Wayne founded the Fire Mountain Chapter of SW Washington, and served as commander for three years, and State Jr. Vice Commander for one year. He is survived by his wife, Eloise.

BRACKEN, Fred C, of Palisade CO, died 01/01/01. LM 31876, he was a member of the Western Slope Chapter. He was with the 8 AF, 418 BS, 100 BG, and was a POW in several camps in Germany. He is survived by his wife, Wauneta.

COLBERT, Louis “Burrel”, of Alton IL, died Dec. 27, 2000. He was a life member of AXPOW and a member of OKAW Chapter. He was a POW in Stalag 8 and Luft 4, and is survived by his wife, Verna.

COOPER, Alice ‘Betty’, of Douglas AZ, died Jan 10, 2001. She was a life member, and a member of the Cochise Chapter. She is survived by her husband, Past National Director James ‘Jim’ Cooper (Luft 3 and 7A) and 3 sons.

CORDRAY, Allen L. of Oklahoma, died July 31, 2000. During WWII, he served in the Army Air Force as a bombardier/navigator. He was captured and spent 18 months in a German POW camp. His wife, Billie, 1 daughter, 2 sons, 1 sister, 13 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren survive him.

COWGILL, Paul E., age 80, resident of the Masonic Retirement Village of Springfield, OH, passed away Dec. 29, 2000. During WWII, he served in the Army and was held prisoner. His wife Jane and sister predeceased him; survivors include 2 sons, 2 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

CROSBY, David A, a member of the Greater Atlanta (GA) Chapter, AXPOW, died Nov. 24, 2000. He served with the 121st Inf. Reg. and was held in 11B, Oflag 79. Survivors include his wife Christine, 1 son and 2 daughters.

DELGADO, Daniel John, of El Paso, TX, passed away Dec. 25, 2000. During WWII, he served with the Army with the 83rd Div. and participated in the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns. He was held in Stalag 8A. He is survived by his wife Natividad, 1 son, 3 grandchildren, 1 brother and 2 sisters.

DIETZ, John H., 88, of Sharonville, OH, member of OKI Chapter, AXPOW, died Dec. 18, 2000. He served as a Rifleman, CO F., 116th Inf. 29th DIV, captured and held in Stalag 4B. He is survived by his wife Vera, 2 daughters, 6 sons, 22 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren

DiMORA, Salvatore was captured by the Germans as the United States troops stormed the beaches of Salerno. He was held in Stalag 2B for two years. He is survived by his wife Barbara, two daughters, and one son.

DODD, Lloyd Askel, beloved husband of Dorcas, passed away Jan. 13, 2001. He served in the Army during WWII, was captured and held in a German POW camp. A member of the Central Okla. Chapter, AXPOW, he is also survived by 3 children.

EIDE, Richard, of El Campo, TX, died Nov. 25, 2000 at 83. He served in the 8th AF during WWII, was shot down over Germany on his 21st mission and held at Luft IV, until he was marched until liberation. His wife Luella, 2 sons, 1 sister, and 2 grandsons survive him.

FRISCAN, John N. of Roseville, MI, passed away Dec. 11, 2000. During WWII, he served in the Army, and fought in Normandy, Northern, France and Rhineland before being captured. Survivors include one daughter, 2 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

GAINEY, Gilbert, who lived in Jonesboro, GA, passed away recently. He served with the 4th Marines and was captured on Corregidor, and held POW for 3 1/2 years. His wife Rachel, predeceased him earlier in the year.

GEORGETTI, Albert J., 83, of Scranton, PA, a member of the Keystone Chapter, AXPOW, and the Polar Bear Association, died May 18, 2000. During WWII, he served in Europe and was captured in Italy. He is survived by 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren, 1 great-granddaughter, 2 brothers, and 6 sisters.

GEORGIO, Carmella, beloved wife of Gerald passed away December 24, 2000. In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter, one son and 3 grandchildren.

GIFFIN, Grant M. of Trenton, MI, passed away Dec. 22, 2000 at age 79. He served in CO E Darby #3 Rangers, was captured in Italy and taken to 7A where he stayed until he took part in the Winter March. A member of the Wolverine Chapter, AXPOW, he is survived by his wife Anne, 3 sons, 1 daughter, 9 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

GLAWSON, Jesse J. of Macon, GA, died Nov. 8, 2000 at the age of 77. He served in the Air Force during WWII, and was held POW in Germany. He was a member of the Middle GA Chapter, AXPOW. Survivors include his wife Helen, 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

HAMPTON, Benic Preston, Sr., Oak Ridge, TN, passed away Dec. 20, 2000, the day after the anniversary of his capture during the Battle of the Bulge. He served in WWII with the 106th DIV, CO H, 422 INF. and was held in Stalag IIB. After more than 55 years of marriage, he is survived by his wife, Betty Jane, one son, 2 grandchildren and a host of friends. He and Betty Jane were both life members of East Tenn. Chapter, AXPOW.

HESKETH, James F, of Mattapoisett, died recently. He was with the 8th AF, 86 BG. He was a POW in Luft 3, 7A and Nurnburg, and was a life member of AXPOW since 1986.

HOFER, William E. of Odessa, Texas, passed away in November. Serving with the 390th BG, he was captured during WWII in the Permian Basin, and held in Lufts 4,5, and 6, and 7A until liberation. He is survived by his wife and some very good friends. For more information,  click here  to see his memorial at  www.mem.com.

HOLMAN, Dean O., beloved husband of Millie, passed away Oct. 11, 2000 in Farmer City, IL. During WWII, he served with the 15th AF, 513th SQ, 376th BG based in Italy. His B-24 Liberator was shot down over Austria on his 13th mission, and he was wounded, captured and taken to a German AF hospital in Wels. After 11 months as a POW in 9C and 4D, he was exchanged because of his injuries. A member of the Iliana Chapter, AXPOW, he is also survived by 2 sons, 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

HOOD, Edna Marie - ONE OF OUR ANGELS, of Midwest City, OK, passed away Jan. 7, 2001. Army Nurse Edna was captured and spent the next three and one-half years in Bilibid, Fukuoka, Cabanatuan. After release in 1945, she married Dewey Oliver Hood who predeceases her. Survivors include 4 daughters, 1 son and many friends.

HORNBECK, Gloria R., age 72, of Sedro Woolley, WA died May 10, 2000. She was the wife of Leonard L. Hornbeck, also a member of Fourth Corner Chapter, AXPOW. In addition to her husband, she is also survived by her children.

JENKINS, Robert, 79, of O’Fallon, MO, passed away Nov. 23, 2000. He served in the Army during WWII, as a member of the 423rd Reg. CO M, 106th DIV., was captured and held POW. He is survived by his wife Katherine, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 16 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters and 1 brother.

JOHNSON, Carl W. 79, of Poplar Bluff, MO, died Aug 9, 2000. He was a veteran of the Air Force, 388 BG, 561 BS, was captured and held POW. A life member of Heart of America Chapter, AXPOW, he is survived by his wife Virgie, 1 son, 2 brothers, and 1 sister.

JONES, Verdon Don, of Ardmore, OK, passed away October 27, 2000. He served in the Army during WWII, then went to Korea where he was captured. He spent 13 months in a POW camp in Korea.

KROLL, Allen F., 76, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away Oct. 27, 2000. Longtime residents of Racine WI, he and his wife Arlene moved to Florida 5 years ago. He served with the 34th DIV in North Africa and Italy, was captured and spent 16 1/2 months as a POW. In addition to Arlene, he is also survived by 3 sons, 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 1 brother and 1 sister.

LAWRENCE, Harold R. 83, of Jefferson, TX, died Jan. 9, 2001 at Tyler. He retired from the Air Force in 1963 after 25 years of service, including HQ and HQ 27th Bomb Wing on Bataan, where he survived the Bataan Death March and 3 1/2 years of captivity. He leaves his wife of 55 years, Pauline, 5 children, 13 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

LEASURE, Vivian L. of New Castle, PA, passed away Dec. 9, 2000 at 72. She is survived by her beloved husband, Albert and 6 children. Albert served in CO B, 38th AI Bt, 7th Armr’d Div. and was captured at St. Vith. Both life members of AXPOW, Albert and Vivian were proud that their 4 sons served in the military.

LEDBETTER, Alta Mae, 73, died July 30, 2000 in Texas. A member of the Crossroads Chapter, AXPOW, she is survived by her husband Orby Columbus, 1 son, 1 daughter, 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

LUTOMSKI, Harry J. of Gross Point Park, MI, passed away Oct. 19, 2000. He served as a paratrooper during WWII, and while at prison camp, he represented his fellow prisoners in a sitdown strike for more food -- and won. He is survived by 1 son, and 2 daughters.

LYNOTT, Edward, age 79, died Dec. 30, 2000. A member of the Brooklyn Key Chapter, AXPOW, he served on a B-24 with the 726th BG, 15th AF. He was shot down July 14, 1944 and liberated May 2, 1945. His wife June predeceased him, but he is survived by 2 sons, 3 daughters, and 5 grandchildren.

MACHUS, Harris, of Birmingham, MI and Naples FL, died Jan. 16, 2001 at age 92. He served in the Army during WWII and was captured in North Africa after his tank was destroyed. He escaped not once, but twice and after recapture was held in eastern Germany until the Russian advance. He is survived by his son, Robert and 2 grandsons.

MARTINEZ, Homero, beloved husband of Alicia and survivor of the “Lost Battalion”, died Dec. 28, 2000 in Wichita Falls, TX. He was held POW from 1942-1945, and was a life member of AXPOW and member of the Wichita Falls Chapter.

MILLER, Everett W., of Stillwater, Texas, a member of the “Lost Battalion” 131st Artillery during WWII, passed away Aug. 24, 2000. He was captured by the Japanese in March of 1942 and held for 3 1/2 years. Survivors include his wife Erma Lee, 1 sister, and numerous nieces and nephews.

MORENO, John V. 81, of Baltimore, MD passed away Jan. 8, 2001. During WWII, he served in the 15th AF, 461st BG, 766th BS and was held in Luft III and VIIA for one year. A life member of AXPOW and Maryland North Chapter, he is survived by one sister and nephews and nieces.

MUTZ, Joseph, of Wisconsin, died Dec. 16, 2000 at the age of 81. He was a T/Sgt. with the 95th BG in WWII. He was shot down over Germany on his 8th mission in July, 1943, and released in the spring of 1945. He is survived by his wife of 50 years and 5 children.

ODOM, Vollie P. age 83, of Durant, OK, passed away Dec. 25, 2000 at age 83. During WWII, he served with the 143 INF, 36 DIV, CO M and was held in 2B until liberation. He was a life member of Dallas Chapter, AXPOW. Survivors include his wife Ojetta, 2 daughters, 2 sons, 10 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

O’DONNELL, Joseph V. of Quincy, MA died Oct. 28, 2000. He was a life member of MA Chapter #1, Past Chapter Commander and current Jr. Vice Commander. During WWII, he was with the 385th BG/8th AF, shot down and held in Dulag Luft, Luft 4 and 7A. He is survived by his wife Doris, 2 daughters, 1 son, and 7 grandchildren.

O’MALLEY, William C. died Sept. 3, 2000. He served in Europe during WWII, was captured and held in Stalag Luft IV. He is survived by his wife Mary Louise, 1 daughter, 2 sons, 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

OTTERSBERG, John F. of Sun City, AZ, passed away Oct. 31, 2000, at age 84. He served with the Blood & Fire Inf. Div. during WWII, was wounded and held in various hospitals. He was a life member of AXPOW and the Mile High Chapter. Survivors include his wife, Elsie.

ORRELL, Kenneth, 87, of Hattiesburg, MS, died Nov. 8, 2000. He served in the Army during WWII with the 143rd INF 36th DIV and was held POW in Europe. Survivors include his wife Virginia, 1 son, 2 daughters, 1 sister, 1 brother, 6 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

OVERTON, Charles E. of Oxford, NC, passed away Jan. 5, 2001 at age 79. He served in the Army and was held POW in Luft IV, Lager C, Barracks 8, Room 6. Surviving are his wife Mary Anne, 2 daughters, 2 step-daughters, 1 son, 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

PARDEE, Alain L., age 74, of Janesville, WI, passed away Dec. 9, 2000. Alain served with the 70th DIV, 275 Reg. CO B. and along with his platoon was taken prisoner during the Battle of the Bulge. He is survived by his wife Doris, 3 children, 6 grandchildren and many good friends.

PEACE, David of Andersonville, SC, died Nov. 4, 2000. A member of the 803rd Combat Engineers, 31st Army Div. US Far East Command, he made the Bataan Death March and was held POW for 3 1/2 years, including time in a slave labor camp in Japan. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Elizabeth, 2 sons, 2 grandchildren, 2 sisters and 1 brother.

PHILLIPS, Lawrence H. of North Syracuse, NY died Jan. 1, 2001 at age 87. During WWII, he served in the Air Force, was captured by the Japanese and spent 3 1/2 years as a POW. His wife, Leslie, precedeased him; survivors include several nieces and nephews.

PRIBBERNOW, Robert M. of Oshkosh WI, passed away Oct. 16, 2000 at the age of 90. He served in the Army and was a POW in Japan for 3 1/2 years. He is survived by his wife, Anita.

RIDE, Robert H., Jr., loving husband of Frances, passed away Jan. 14, 2001 in Hampton, Virginia. A kind and loving son, husband, father and friend to all who knew him, he lived life to its fullest until slowed by age and illness. Until becoming too ill, he had served as a volunteer at the Hampton VA Medical Center. In addition to his beloved wife, he leaves 3 sons, 1 brother, 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

PRIMMER, Wilbur R., National Director , LM 15034, served in the 34th Inf. Div. and was held in Stalag 3B for 27 months. He died Dec. 27, 2000. He leaves his wife of 59 years, Betty, one daughter, Betty Shull; 4 sons: Jerry, Roger, Dennis, and David; 15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He was a member of the Fairfield Barb Wire Chapter.

RICE, Georgianna, of Cleveland, OH died 01/26/00. She was the widow of Ralph R Rice. Ralph died 05/20/99. A life member since 1985, he was a member of the Barbed Wire Buckeye Chapter. He was in 8 AF, 95 BG 334 BS, and POW in several camps in Germany.

RINGO, Boyd C., of Molalla, Oregon, passed away Jan. 2, 2001 at age 81. He served in the Pacific during WWII, and spent more than three years in a POW camp in Japan. After the war, he married Mary, and they have 2 son, 2 daughter, 5 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. As JVC of the Columbia River Chapter, his friends fondly remember the annual 4th of July picnic at their farm.

SHIREY, Ernest L. 77, of Akron, OH, passed away Nov. 23, 2000. He served with the 1st Rangers Btn, CO E, and was taken prisoner at Anzio on Jan. 30, 1944. A member of the North Central Ohio Chapter #8, he is survived by his wife, Helen and one son.

STANLEY, Richard M., 76, of Naples, Florida, died Nov. 22, 2000. He served in WWII in the 508 Parachute Infantry, was captured and held POW in Germany. He is survived by his wife Winnie and children.

STEINER, George R. of Oregon House, CA, passed away Jan. 8, 2001 in Sacramento. During WWII, he served in the AAF.as a radio operator, was captured by the Japanese and held 3 1/2 years in Cabanatuan. after the Bataan Death March. Survivors include his wife, Wilma, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 2 brothers, 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

TATMAN, Virginia (Jenny), 80, of Lancaster, OH, died Jan. 18, 2001. She was a life member of AXPOW, and member of the Fairfield Barb Wire Chapter #4. She is survived by 1 daughter, 4 sons, 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Her husband Joseph predeceased her.

TEETS, Warren Leroy, age 77, of Macon, GA, died Jan. 8, 2001. He was a prisoner of war in Germany for several months and a member of the Middle Georgia Chapter, AXPOW. He is survived by his wife Olene Sara, and one son.

THORNTON, Charles H. of Crystal Springs, MS, passed away Dec. 23, 2000 at age 80. He was captured in April 1942, forced on the Bataan Death March and held 3 1/2 years in the Philippines and later taken by the Totori Maru to Manchuria. Survivors include his wife Gladys Marie, 1 daughter, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, and 2 grandchildren.

TRAVIS, Jan C, LM 30218, of Ballston Spa, NY, died January 4, 2001. He was with the 15 AF, 346 BS, 99 BG, and held in Luft 1. A member of the Northeast New York Chapter, he was an AXPOW life member since 1986.

WALLING, Hal C. of Wichita Falls, TX. died Dec. 29, 2000. A member of the “Lost Battalion”, he was held in Java/Burma for 3 1/2 years. He was a member of the Wichita Falls Chapter, AXPOW and is survived by his wife Frances.

WEBER, Francis F ‘Fran’, of Shamokin, PA, died January 17, 2001. Mr. Weber served in the 28th Recon Troop (Mechanized) of the 28th Infantry Division, and was captured at the Battle of the Bulge. He is survived by his wife Norrine.

WEERS, Norval W. of Cheyenne, WY, age 79, passed away Dec. 7, 2000. He served as a fighter pilot with the 15th AF, 325th FG, 318th Sq., was captured on his 37th mission, and held in Stalag Luft I. He was a life member of AXPOW. His beloved wife of 58 years, Betty, 4 children and 8 grandchildren survive.

WILLIAMS, Winfred J. 82, of Bossier City, LA died Dec. 26, 2000 in Shreveport. As a member of the Army Air Force during WWII, he was a survivor of the Bataan Death March and 3 1/2 years of captivity. His first wife Frances predeceased him; his wife Geraldine, 6 children, and ten grandchildren are left behind.

WOMACK, Louis Eugene, of Oklahoma City, OK, passed away Jan. 16, 2001. He served in the Army and was captured in the Battle of the Bulge, spending 7 months in a German POW camp. He is survived by his wife Margaret, 1 daughter, 1 granddaughter, and 2 great-grandchildren.

WOODY, Thomas Blanton, passed away Nov. 29, 2000 in Pensacola, TX at the age of 81. A veteran of WWII, he served in the 2nd Battalion, 131st FA of Texas. He was captured by the Japanese and held as a POW for 43 months. He was a proud member of the “Lost Battalion Association and the American Ex-Prisoners of War. A devoted husband and father, he is survived by his wife Polly, 1 son, 2 grandchildren, 2 sisters and 9 nieces and nephews.

ZAREK, Darlene, of Burlington, WI, passed away Nov. 14, 1999. She is survived by her husband Gene, 2 daughters, 3 sons and 9 grandchildren. She is interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

ZAWADA, Stanley, 84, of Kenmore, NY, passed away Jan. 3, 2001 at the VAMC. A T/Sgt. in CO A of the Army’s 39th REG, 9 INF DIV, “Curley” was wounded and taken prisoner at the Battle of Normandy. He and other soldiers escaped after a German barge taking them to camp ran aground on a sandbar. He is survived by his wife Charlotte, 1 daughter and 1 grandchild.


Feburary 2001

 

PNC Charles S. Prigmore

PNC Charles S. Prigmore, Ph.D. passed away on December 30, 2000. Dr. Prigmore was National Commander in 1994-1995. He organized and was the first Commander of the West Alabama Chapter in 1984 and was the Department of Alabama Commander in 1985-1986.

Dr. Prigmore was the National Legislative Officer for AXPOW from 1985 through 1992. He served on many National committees including Constitution & Bylaws, Budget & Finance and Grievance & Investigation. His interests in the organization were in MedSearch, Andersonville, membership, legislation and financial stability.

Dr. Prigmore was a prisoner of war in Europe during World War 2. He was held in Luft 3, Stalag 7A and Dulag Luft 13D.

Dr. Prigmore was a noted author, lecturer and educator and was considered a Social Work Pioneer. In the School of Social Work, University of Alabama, Dr. Prigmore taught Social Policy as it relates to probation and parole with special emphasis on Correctional Program. He was an Exchange Lecturer to Iran, Australia, and Norway in Administration and Advocacy Role. He was Executive Director Joint Commission on Correctional Manpower and Training, in Washington, DC.

Dr. Prigmore received his MSW in 1947 from the University of Wisconsin; and his PhD in Sociology and Social Work in 1961 also from the University of Wisconsin.

His wife, Shirley, died in February 1994. He is survived by his son, Philip and grandson Charles.

Dr. Prigmore will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery on January 9.

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ANTANG, Alfeo, age 86, of Seaside, CA, died Dec. 9, 2000. He was a survivor of the Bataan Death March and a life member of AXPOW. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Milagros, 6 children, 10 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.

BAKER, Harold Dean of Reynoldsville WV died Sept 5, 2000. He was a life member of AXPOW since 1985, and a member of the Barbed Wire Mountaineer Chapter. He served in the Army Air Force, and was a POW in Nurenburg and Luft 3 for 13 months. He is survived by his wife, Georgia Elbon Baker, 2 sons and 2 daughters.

BEDNARCZYK, Dorothy A. of Depew, NY, passed away Nov. 26, 2000. Dorothy was an active member of the Western NY Chapter and many members will remember she served as co-host of the 1989 National Convention in Niagara Falls. Beloved wife of the late John -- past National Director, founder and first commander of the WNY Chapter -- Dorothy was also past chapter commander and past Adjutant for the State Dept. of NY. Survivors include her two daughters, two grandchildren, and many, many friends.

BELCHER, Amon, 78, life member of AXPOW, died in Millington, TN on Nov. 19, 2000. He served in WWII in the 446 AAC, was captured in Germany and spent 16 months in Luft III. He leaves his wife, Jo Mavis, and three children.

BENNETT, James P. “Sarge” of Warren, OH, died in December 2000. During WWII, he served in the Pacific, was captured and spent 3 1/2 years as a POW. He received the Bronze Star for his bravery and service. After retiring in 1969, he became an activist in Mahoning Valley Ohio veterans affairs.

BERGER, Burton E., passed away Jan. 27, 2000 in Salem, OR. He enlisted in the Army in 1940, and served with the 228th Signal Operations Co. in the Philippines. After capture, and surviving the Bataan Death March, he spent 43 months as a POW in the Philippines and Japan. He was a life member of AXPOW and the Columbia River Chapter and is survived by his wife Leora and one daughter, both of Corvallis.

BROWN, Harold K. age 75, of Mountain Home, AR passed away Oct. 15, 2000. During WWII, he was in the 750th Tank Btt’n, Co. D. He was captured in Germany as his battalion headed for the Battle of the Bulge. He leaves his wife Valerie, 3 daughters and 3 granddaughters.

BROWN, Marvin L. one of the oldest survivors of World War II’s Bataan Death March, died May 6 in El Cajon, Calif., at the age of 90. Brown had been part of Battery B, 200th Coast Artillery unit when he was captured by Japanese troops in the Philippines at the outset of the war. The Texas native enlisted in the Army in 1941 in Santa Fe. In 1949, Brown married Geraldine Marchese, the mother of four daughters. His wife died in 1991.He is survived by 2 daughters, and one son. The family requests that memorials go to the Bataan Memorial Museum, 1050 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501.

COLLINS, Elaine, 76, life member of AXPOW from Norman, OK died July 7, 2000. This devoted lady is survived by her husband Donald (Luft 3, VIIA), 2 sisters, 3 sons, 5 daughters, and 12 grandchildren. Her many friends will miss her warm personality.

CONTAPAY, Simplicio, age 84, died Oct. 23, 2000. A survivor of the Bataan Death March, he spent more than three years in POW camps. Life member of AXPOW, he is survived by his wife Inocencia, 4 children, 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

CRAWFORD, James Earl, of Texas, died Sept. 29, 2000. During WWII, he served in the Army and was held as a POW for 9 1/2 months. Survivors include his wife Elizabeth, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 2 sisters, 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

CROW, Jerry A. 77, of Winnsboro, TX, passed away Veterans Day 2000. He was in the 8th AF in WWII as a tail gunner on a B17. He was shot down Dec. 20, 1943, captured and held in Stalag 17B until liberation. He is survived by his wife Cora, 1 son, 1 daughter, 7 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

CUCCARO, Charles passed away Oct. 23, 2000 at age 75, in the Butler VA Hospital, PA. He was retired from the Army Eng. and had been a POW in Korea for 33 months. He leaves his wife Mary, 4 children and 7 grandchildren.

CUNNINGHAM, Wayne C. age 70, died in Kansas City, MO on July 19, 2000. Wayne was a member of the 6th Medium Tank Bttn, attached to the 24th Inf. Div during the Korean War. He was held for 28 months in Camp 1. He leaves his beloved wife Michele, his sister, 3 children, 1 stepdaughter and 7 grandchildren.

DAUGHERTY, Ralph E., age 83, passed away in Ocean Springs, MS on Nov. 28, 2000. He was a pilot in WWII and Korea; was captured in Germany and a member of the MS Gulf Coast Chapter, AXPOW. He was predeceased by his wife Violet, and is survived by 7 children, 17 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

DeLONG, Estelle, widow of Thomas C. (Bill), died Dec. 8, 2000. Bill was a POW during WWII in Germany and he and Estelle were members of the Southwest Georgia Chapter, AXPOW. Survivors include 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, and 6 sisters.

ELSON, Joe Oliver, Hq & Hq Co., 3/505 PIR 82nd Abn Div 1942-1945, made his final jump on Wed 15 Nov 2000 at 11:45 pm. Joe participated in the airborne invasion of North Africa, Sicily, and Normandy, where he was captured. He spent the next nine months as a P.O.W. and escaped as the Russian Army approached his camp. Joe is survived by his wife Lela Faye of Granbury, TX. three daughters and three grandchildren of Fort Worth.

ESSAFF, Thomas G. of Walnut Creek, CA, passed away Nov. 18, 2000 at age 90. A veteran of WWII, CPNAB/NAVY, on Wake Island, he was captured and held 44 months in China and Japan. His wife Patricia Joan predeceased him. Survivors include 1 brother, 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

GUZZY, Walter K. a member of the Greater Chicago, IL Chapter, AXPOW, died Nov. 12, 2000. He was a WWII Army veteran who worked on the Burma “Death” Railway during his captivity. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth, 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren, 1 brother and 1 sister.

HIZER, Alline L., beloved wife of ex-POW George, passed away Dec. 2, 2000 in Panama City, FL. She was a life member of the Hutchison Poplawski Chapter of AXPOW, where her husband serves as Commander. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a stepson and several nieces and nephews.

HOLMAN, Dean D., 80 of Farmer City, IL, died Oct. 11, 2000. He served during WWII in the AAF and was a member of the Illiana Chapter, AXPOW. Surviving are his wife Mildred, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter, and 1 sister.

HUGHES, Billie Padgett, age 82 of Marietta, GA, passed away Dec. 6, 2000. Billie leaves her beloved husband, John, member of the North Central GA Chapter, AXPOW, 1 daughter, 1 son and 5 grandchildren.

JONES, Hugh O. of Griffithsville, WVA, died Nov. 29, 2000. He served in WWII with the Hq Co. 1st Armored Reg., was taken POW at Faid Pass on Feb. 14, 1943, and spent the next 27 months in Germany -- Stalags IIB, IIIB, and IIIA. He leaves his wife Louise, 1 daughter, 5 sons and 10 grandchildren.

JONES, Wanda, age 74, of Philadelphia, MS, passed away Sept. 14, 1999. She is survived by her husband Elvin -- a POW in Korea -- 1 son and 1 daughter.

JONES, Willie C., age 79, passed away Nov. 16, 2000 in Sweetwater, AL. A member of the Montgomery AL Chapter, AXPOW and life member of national, he served with the 12th, 346 BS, 99 BG, was shot down and held in 17B for more than 1 1/2 years. Beloved husband of Madelyn, 1 son, 2 stepsons, and 3 grandsons.

KILGORE, Harry Dobbs, of Fort Worth, TX, died December 15, 2000. He was a life member of AXPOW since 1989, and a member of the Fort Worth Chapter. Kilgore flew in a B-17 Squadron, and was a POW in Germany for eight months. He is survived by LaVerne, his wife of 54 years and 2 daughters.

KOENIGSEKER, S. Janet, age 75, passed away Nov. 19, 2000. A resident of Lima, OH, she and her husband Aaron were longtime members of the Northwest Central Ohio Chapter #7, AXPOW. In addition to her husband, she is also survived by 3 sons, 1 daughter, 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and 1 sister.

KOPP, Leroy W., age 90, a former member of Conn. Chapter, AXPOW, died Oct. 20, 2000. During WWII, he served with the 9th Armored Div, and was captured near Leipzig, Germany. He is survived by a sister and sister-in-law.

LAMBERSON, John T. of Richmond, IN, passed away Oct. 5, 2000 at age 79. During WWII, he was a B17 pilot when his plane was shot down and he was captured and held in Luft III. He is survived by his wife Mary Alice, 1 son and 1 daughter. He will be sadly missed.

McGEE, Douglas, a member of Florida Chapter #1, died Aug. 30, 2000. He served in Germany and was held prisoner in Stalag IIB, Neubrandenburg. His wife Helen, 1 daughter, 2 sons, 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren survive.

MOORE, Jesse Wayne, of Duncan, OK, passed away Dec. 28, 2000. A member of the Southwest OK Chapter, AXPOW, Jesse served with the 502nd Prcht Inf. Reg. of the 101st Airborne Div. He participated in the pre-D Day landings in Normandy and the “Market Garden” drop in Holland, and was wounded both times. Taken POW in Sept. 1944, he was held in Stalag 3A until his escape. Survivors are his wife of 54 years, Marguerite, 1 daughter, 3 sons and many grandchildren.

MOTOLA, Frank P. age 81 died Nov. 23, 2000. He served as a bombardier with the 15th AF, 2nd BG, 96 BS, shot down over Guyor, Hungary and held in Luft III and 7A. He served two terms as commander of Tri-County Chapter, FL. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Shirley, 1 daughter, 1 son and 4 grandchildren.

MORRISON, Norman James, 80, of Peabody, MA died Dec.14, 2000; He enlisted in the US Air Force, and fought in WWII. During his enlistment, he married wife Betty Jo in 1944, with whom he shared the next 57 years. In July of 1944, the B25 Bomber he was a navigator on was shot down over Germany, and he was captured and held prisoners by the Germans. He is survived by his wife, one son Norman J. Morrison III, and 3 grandchildren.

NEMCHICK, John of Johnson City, NY, died Dec. 8, 2000. During WWII he was captured and held until liberation. A member of the Southern Tier Chapter, AXPOW, he is survived by his wife Pauline, 2 sons, 2 sisters, 3 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

NETHERS, Richard W. age 84 passed away July 14, 2000. He served with the 106 Div, 463rd Inf. and was captured in the Battle of the Belgium Bulge on Dec. 19, 1944. His beloved wife Jennie, twin daughters, and 4 grandchildren survive him.

NORMAN, Vada, of Monroe, LA, passed away Sept. 28, 2000. She was a life member of AXPOW. Her husband, Gerald Lloyd predeceased her. During WWII, he was shot down and rescued by a French fishing boat. Germans stopped the boat and found him, and he spent 16 months in Stalag 17B. Survivors include children and stepchildren

O’MALLEY, William C. of Dunedin, FL died Sept. 3, 2000. He was 79. Bill was a tail gunner on a B24 and a German POW in Stalag Luft IV. Survivors include his wife Mary Louise, 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

PETERSON, Sherrill H. age 79, of Portland, CT, died Dec. 5, 2000. She was a life member of Connecticut Chapter, AXPOW, and is survived by her husband J. Paul, who served with the 15th AF, 459 BG, 759 BS and was held POW at Stalag Luft 4, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 3 grandchildren and 1 sister.

PURDOM, Royal K., 79, of Porum, OK, passed away July 17, 2000. He served with 117 Cavalry RCN in North Africa, Corsica, Sicily, Italy, France and was wounded/captured in Germany. A life member of Muskogee Chapter, AXPOW, he is survived by his wife of 57 1/2 years, Lois, 1 son, 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

RAMSAY, Alexander R., 68, of Dennisport (Cape Cod) MA, died in December 2000. During the Korean War, he served in the Army and was captured and held POW. Beloved husband of more than 40 years to Carolyn, he is also survived by 4 sons, 1 daughter, 1 brother, 8 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

REDERTH, Allwin, died Nov. 20, 2000 at Lake Preston, SD. He was captured in North Africa on Feb. 14, 1943, and taken to Germany where he spent 2 years, 3 months in several POW Camps. His wife Shirley, 10 children, 17 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren survive him.

RILEY, James A. of St Petersburg, FL, died December 7, 2000. He was born in New Rochelle NY. A member of the 15th AF, 456 BG, 744 BS, he was captured July 2, 1944, and held in Stalag IV and I. He is survived by Rosemary, his wife of 55 years, and two sons. He was a member of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.

SANZA, Joseph J. Jr. of Baltimore MD, passed away Nov. 29, 2000 at 79. During WWII, he served in the Army Inf. and was held POW in Krakow. He was a life member of AXPOW and member of Maryland North Chapter. He was predeceased by his wife Marie, and is survived by 4 sons, 1 daughter, 3 sisters, 1 brother, 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

SHELLEY, Carl William “Bill”, age 75, of Bluffton, IN, died May 5, 2000. He served in WWII at Anzio and in southern France with the 179th Inf, 45 Div. Bill was captured near St. Die, France, Oct. 18, 1944 and held in Stalag 7A until liberation. He is survived by his wife, Marceille, 1 son, 3 daughters, 1 sister and 14 grandchildren.

SPERO, Emanuel, of Burbank CA, passed away Dec. 16, 2000. He served with the 9th AF, 386 BG, on a B26, parachuted into France and was captured. He was held in Stalags 6 & 4 until liberation. Predeceased by his wife Ruth, he is survived by 1 child, 2 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

STANLEY, Donald T. 459 Bomb Group 756 Bomb Sqd.15 USAAF Stalag Luft IV died Dec. 5 2000. His son Jerry sent this in to ND Leonard Rose. There are no other details.

STANLEY, Richard M. of Naples FL, died Nov. 22, 2000 at 76. He was a veteran of WWII and parachuted into France with the 82nd Airborne Div on D-Day. He was a member of the Collier County Chapter, AXPOW and is survived by his wife, Winnie, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 6 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and 1 brother.

SULLIVAN, Myles, 77, of Granby, MA passed away July 1, 2000. He served in the Air Force for 26 years, seeing action in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Shot down in Germany, he was captured and took part in the “Black Bread” March. A member of AXPOW, he leaves his wife Margaret, 1 son, 1 daughter, 1 sister, 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

SUSS, Joseph M. a WWII veteran and member of the Brooklyn Key Chapter, AXPOW, died Sept. 8, 2000. He was attached to the 8th AF, 326 BQ, 92 BG, was captured Oct. 1943 and held until liberation. His wife Evelyn predeceased him; he is survived by 1 son and 2 grandchildren.

TOLAND, Philip D. life member 5012; passed away November 17, 2000 in Leominster, MA. He served during WWII with the 31st Inf. Reg., Anti-Tank Co in the Pacific and was captured on Bataan. After surviving the Bataan Death March, he was held in Las Pinas, Cabanatuan, Oyama, Bilibid, O’Donnell. An active member of AXPOW and the Dept. of Massachusetts and Mass. Chapter #1, Phil most recently served as Chapter Adjutant. Survivors include his wife Yvette, and many, many friends in Massachusetts and the rest of the country.

TORBIT, Carolyn (age 75) and Roy (age 77). Carolyn died Nov. 15, 2000 and Roy died Nov. 25th. During WWII, he served in the 415th Reg 104th Inf., was captured Nov. 1944 and held in Stalags 11A and 12A, and Arbeitskommando D-601. Survivors include 1 daughter, and 2 grandchildren.

TRUJILLO, Paul, age 83, passed away Nov. 26, 2000 in his home in Arroyo Seco. He was preceded in death by numerous sisters, a brother and other relatives. Mr. Trujillo was a U.S. Army Veteran, a member of the 200th Coast Artillery during WWII, and a survivor of the Bataan Death March, and he was an ex-prisoner of war. Mr. Trujillo is survived by his wife, Lydia, 3 daughters, 1 son, three granddaughters, one brother, one sister, as well as numerous nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends.

Van LIERE, Janet E., age 76, of Englewood, FL, passed away on Nov. 12, 2000. She was the beloved wife of deceased Ex-POW Lawrence Van Liere, a Bataan Death March survivor and recipient of the Medal of Honor. She is survived by 1 daughter, 2 sons and several grandchildren.

WACKERLY, Mary Catherine, age 76, passed away Aug. 22, 2000 in Bay City, MI. Beloved wife of Joseph, who flew with the 92nd and 305th BG; shot down on Berlin Raid and held in Luft 1 for 14 months. She is also survived by 1 daughter, 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

WALDREP, John David, of Arlington, TX, died Dec. 1, 2000. He was a POW of the Japanese for 3 1/2 years, was on the Bataan Death March and retired from the Navy after 20 years. His wife of 51 years, Muriel, 1 daughter, 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren survive him.

WHEELER, William J. age 82. Of Selma, AL. died Dec. 6, 2000 in Oviedo, FL. SSgt, CO. E, 7th Inf Regt, 3rd Div. taken prisoner 10 Jul 44, Stalag 12A,
Limberg, & 111C, Kustrin, Germany. Life Member Montgomery Chapter AXPOWs, AL. He is survived by wife Kathryn, 1 son, 2 daughters, 6 grandchildren & 2 great grandchildren.

WILLIAMS, Joseph Vincent Jr. of Charlotte, NC died Oct. 23, 2000 at age 76. During WWII, he served in the Army and was captured and held POW for 18 months until liberation. Survivors include his wife Pauline, 4 children, 2 sisters, 1 brother, and seven grandchildren.

WILSON, Florence Eva, beloved wife of Joel, passed away Oct. 1, 2000 in Pensacola; FL. Joel served in WIII with the 447th BG and was held in Luft IV. He is a member of the Emerald Coast Chapter, AXPOW.

WILSON, Steve Ragland Jr., age 79, a native and life-long resident of Handsboro, MS and member of the MS Gulf Coast Chapter, AXPOW. He was a member of Co E 310th Inf Bttn, 78th Div., captured in the Battle of the Bulge and interned in a POW Camp near Chemnitz, Germany. Survivors include his wife Carolyn.

WOODING, Edmund Charles, passed away in Calgary, Canada on Apr. 28, 2000 at age 78. Nicknamed “Rigor Mortis” by his roommates in Luft 1, he was a Bombardier during WWII. He is survived by 2 sons, 1 daughter and 4 grandchildren.

WORLEY, Robert W. age 79 of Tucson, AZ passed away Oct. 17, 2000. He was in campaigns in France and Germany with the 320 Inf. Reg. 35th Div., was wounded in combat and taken prisoner and held by the Germans until liberation in Stalag XIB. He is survived by his wife Peggy, 3 sons, 1 daughter, 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

ZAREK, Darlene of Burlington WI, died 11/14/99.She is survived by her husband Gene Zarek, ETO POW, 2 daughters, 3 sons and 9 grandchildren. She is interned at Arlington National Cemetery.

ZUKAUSKAS, Joseph A. of Port Orange, FL died Dec. 16, 2000. During WWII, he was captured in Europe and was with Co. C, 320 Inf, 35th Inf Div. Camps were X11A Limburg, IVB Muhlberg, 3B Furstenberg, 3A Luckenwalde. He is survived by wife Genevieve, one son and three daughters.

 


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AMOS, Joseph, member of the Fox River Valley Chapter, AXPOW. A Korean War POW, Joe is survived by his wife Geraldine, 1 sister and numerous nieces and nephews.

ARRINGTON, Lawrence “Larry”, charter member and 1st commander of the North Central Florida Chapter, passed away Sept. 18, 2000. He served with Co. I 28th Inf., 8th Div. He was captured and held in camp in Czechoslovakia. He is survived by his beloved wife Dolores and one son.

BALLARD, Norris L. of O’Fallon, IL, died October 14, 2000. A life member and a member of the OKAW Chapter, he was with the 94 BG, and was a POW held in Luft 1 and Luft 4. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie.

BEAN, Ralph L. died October 14, 2000 in Hallowell, Maine. During WWII, he served with the 1st Btn of the 423rd Reg. of the 106th Inf. Div. Captured early in the Battle of the Bulge, he was held until liberation. Survivors include his wife Cynthia, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 2 stepchildren and 5 grandchildren. His first wife Mary Grace predeceased him.

BERRY, Elmer, died October 1, 2000 in Seminole, OK at age 70. He was a member of the 3rd Bn, 9th Inf, 2nd Div when he was captured in Nov. 1950. Elmer leaves a lot of family and friends and will surely be missed.

BOOTH, William P. 76, of Bel Air, MD died Sept. 27, 2000. During WWII, he served as a T/Sgt, was shot down over Germany and held in Luft IV for 9 months. During the Korean War, he served in the Navy as an aviation electronics man. He is survived by one sister and many, many friends.

BRAVERMAN, Natalie, a member of the Greater NY Chapter, passed away March 6, 2000. She was the wife of George Braverman, survivor of the Belgium Bulge and inmate of 12A and 2A.

CARTER, Menifee, of Deltona FL, died Oct 26, 2000. An AXPOW life member since 1979, he was a POW in Camp 1 in Korea. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, three daughters, one son and three grandchildren.

COLE, Richard J of Raytown, MO, died Aug. 31, 2000. During WWII, he was a member of the 460th BG when his plane was shot down and he was captured. A member of the Heart of America Chapter, he is survived by one daughter, 3 grandchildren, and 3 sisters. His wife, Vera passed away in 1998.

COREY, Thomas W. of Redding, CA passed away Nov. 3, 2000 at age 68. He served with K Co, 8th CAV Reg. 1st CAV Div. before being taken prisoner at Unsan on Nov. 2, 1950. He was held at Camp 5 and Death Valley until liberation Aug. 1953. Survivors include his wife Lorraine, 3 children and 7 grandchildren.

COUNTRYMAN, Robert L, of Newaygo, MI, passed away Sept. 27, 2000. A member of the 1st Ranger Bn, he was captured and held in Stalag 2B until liberation. He is survived by his wife, Roberta.

CUCCARO, Charles P, of Harmony, PA, died Oct. 23, 2000. A member of the Pittsburgh Chapter, Charles served in Korea and was captured and held POW. Survivors include his wife Mary, 4 children, 7 grandchildren, and 1 sister.

DAVIS, Ruth Paula, age 71, of Prattville, AL. died Nov. 23, 2000. She was the wife of Robert E. “Billy” Davis, predeceased. Both were LM, and active charter members of the Montgomery Chapter AXPOWs, Al. She is survived by 1 son, and 1 daughter, 4 grandchildren, and 1 great grandson.

DAWSON, Alonzo J., 75, of Mt. Vernon, IL, died October 18, 2000. A life member and member of the OKAW Chapter, he was with the 60th Reg., 9 Inf Div, and was held in Stalag 2B, 6G and 12A. He is survived by his wife, Peggy, 1 son and 2 daughters.

DILWORTH, Gary W., Sr. of Joppa, MD, died Oct. 8, 2000 at age 42. Active in the community, Gary was a Masonic member and enjoyed NASCAR racing, scuba diving and boating. He is survived by his parents, his wife of 19 years Susan Bland Dilworth, 2 children, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews. Gary was the son-in-law of PNC Al and Alberta Bland.

DOLLMAN, Howard, of El Mirage, AZ, died August 23, 2000. He was a POW in Stalag Luft III and was liberated from Stalag VIIA on April 29, 1945. He leaves his wife, Wili, 5 children, 9 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

EGGER, Richard H. a member of the 49ers Chapter, Sacramento, CA, died Oct. 15, 2000 at age 77. He and his twin brother volunteered for duty together, trained together, flew and bailed out together and were held as POWs together as part of the 384th BG. They were held in Lufts 6 and 4 and Stalag 7A until liberation. Mr. Egger is survived by his wife Josephine, 1 daughter, 1 son and 2 grandchildren. His twin brother Robert died in 1977.

ELMER, Bernard, Sr. 76, of Barre, VT, passed away Sept. 26, 2000. He was in the Army during WWII and held POW in Europe. A life member of Vermont Chapter #1, he is survived by his wife, 2 daughters and 5 stepsons, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

GAY, Donald, age 88, of Yerington, NV, died June 14, 2000. During WWII, he served with the Army, was captured and held POW. His wife Ida died in 1996; survivors include two nephews.

GIOMI, John Frank, beloved husband of Jere, passed away June 17, 2000. He served in the Army during WWII and was captured during the Battle of the Bulge. An active member of AXPOW, John served as chapter commander in Nevada. In addition to his wife, he is survived by 1 daughter, 2 sons, 1 brother and 4 grandchildren.

GORDON, Roy T. LM 376, of Del Rey Oaks, CA, died 09/08/00. A member of B Co. 2 Eng. C Bn. 2 Div., Roy was a POW in Korea, Camps 5 and 4. He is survived by his wife, Gertrude.

HEADLEY, Andrew Jay, 76, of Bellevue, NE died May 22, 2000. Shot down on his 27th mission, and a member of Sqdn 746B, he was held in Luft IV. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Fran, 3 daughters, 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

HICKS, Tommie Jean, age 70, member of the Capital Cities Chapter, passed away Oct. 15, 2000. Tommie was an active member and served as chapter commander, state convention chairperson, hospital volunteer and other offices. She is survived by 2 daughters, 2 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and 2 brothers, and many special friends in AXPOW.

HILL, John P. of Park Ridge, IL, passed away Aug. 11, 2000 at age 84. He served with the 8th AF, 96th BG, 339th BS. A navigator on the B-17 “Full House”, he was shot down and held in Luft 1. Survivors include his wife, Alvira, 2 children and 7 grandchildren.

HOUSE, Pete, age 76, passed away Sept. 29, 2000. He was a veteran of WWII with the 10th Inf. Div and was captured during the Battle of the Bulge, and held in 9B. An active member of the First Coast Chapter, AXPOW, he leaves his wife of 42 years, Joanna, 1 son and 2 grandchildren.

HRENO, Emil, of Clifton, NJ, on Oct. 1, 2000. He served with the 106th Div and was captured during the Battle of the Bulge in Dec. 1944. Emil was held in various POW camps until liberation. He was a member of the Garden State Chapter #3.

HUNSBERGER, Howard G. 75, of Annapolis, MD passed away Oct. 1, 2000. During WWII, he served in Co E, 141st Inf. Reg. 36th Div and was held in Stalags IIB, IVB, Howenwaldheim Farm. A life member of MD North Chapter, he is survived by his wife Kalope, 1 daughter, 2 sisters and 3 brothers.

KADER, Raymond A, of Clearwater, FL, died Aug. 20, 2000. During WWII, he served with the 8th AF, 487th BG, was shot down and held in Luft I, barracks 309, room 6. He is survived by his wife, Ouida, 2 sons, 2 daughters and 12 grandchildren.

KARLE, Rachel Beatty, age 83, of Montgomery, AL., died Nov. 16, 2000, after a long illness. Rachel was the wife of Donald D. Karle, Sr. (388 BG, 560 BS, 8th AF Ball Turret Gunner, held in Stalag Luft 13D, Nuremberg, / Past Commander Montgomery Chapter). She is survived by her husband, one son and two grandchildren.

KASE, Jean, of Williamsburg, IN, died October 11, 2000. He was in the 430 AAW Btln, and was a POW at Stalag 7A, Wetzlar and Luft 1. Mr. Kase was a member of the Indiana Hoosier Chapter, and is survived by four sons, 3 daughters, 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

KEISER, Martin E., 84, of Lawton, OK died Oct. 7, 2000. He was a member of the Southwest Oklahoma Chapter, AXPOW. Martin served with the 58th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, I Corps Artillery in North Africa and then Sicily, where he was captured and interned in Luckenwalde and then OFLAG 64. In Jan. 1945, he and others escaped, made their way to Odessa and then to the US. He is survived by 1 daughter, 2 sons and 3 grandchildren.

KOLBABA, Norman, 76, of Cary, IL, and member of Fox River Valley Chapter, Illinois. A member of the 10th Div, 423rd Inf. Co G, 1st Army, he was captured during WWII and held POW. His wife, Gloria, passed away October 1999. He is survived by one son, and 7 grandchildren.

LAU, Luther Clayton, 82, of South Pasadena, Florida, died October 15, 2000.  Born in Nashville, TN, he came to Florida from Houston. An AAF glider pilot during World War II, he was wounded during the invasion of Normandy and was a POW for 10 months. He was Past Commander of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, and is survived by his wife Lucille, two sons, a daughter, a stepson, and eight grandchildren.

LENBURG, John L. 76, of Portage, died Nov. 4, 2000. During WW II he served with the 460th BG, 760th BS, 15th AF. A tech sergeant and flight engineer gunner, his plane was shot down over Hungary and he was held at Luft IV. Survivors include his wife, Catherine, three sons, a grandson, a sister, and numerous nieces and nephews, and friends.

LONG, Dorothy N, age 74, of Caseyville, IL passed away Sept. 3, 2000. She was a member of the OKAW Chapter, AXPOW and was the widow of John W. Long, who died in 1984. Dorothy is survived by 1 son, 2 daughters, 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

LYONS, Alta M. life member 1483 died Nov. 29, 2000. She was the wife of 54 years of Glenn Lyons, Bataan Death March Survivor. She served as Membership Chairman of the Department of Ohio and the Treasurer of Ohio Chapter #1. At the last convention she and her husband were awarded the “Outstanding Member Award.” She is survived by her husband, 4 children, 9 grandchildren and three great grand children.

MACLAY, John C. age 77, of Lorain, OH died Aug. 22, 2000. A tail gunner on a B17, John was shot down and held in Stalag 17B during WWII. Survivors include his wife Louise, 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and 1 brother.

MAIN, DeForest E. of Waltz, Michigan, passed away Sept. 26, 2000 at age 81. His wife, Anita died June 6, 1999. During WWII, he served with the 381st BG, 534th BS, was shot down and captured. He is survived by 4 children, 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

MARTIN, Walter C, age 84 of Erie, PA, died Aug. 20, 2000. Walter served during WWII and was held POW in various camps in Germany.

McCAMBRIDGE, John Sr, 81, of Pine Beach, NJ passed away Sept. 29, 2000. He served on the Canopus in Manila Bay and was captured by the Japanese. He is survived by 1 son, 1 daughter, 2 sisters, and 6 grandchildren.

McINTOSH, Elizabeth, of Kerrville, TX, died September 24, 2000. She was the wife of George, who was a pilot with the 381 BG, 535 BS, and a POW in Luft 3 and Stalag 7A.

McKERNIN, Vincent Leo, Jr. 77, of W. Hartford, CT passed away Oct. 17, 2000. During WWII, he was a pilot on a B-24, was shot down and held in Stalags 13D and 7A, until liberated by Patton. A life member of Conn. Chapter, he leaves his wife, Barbara, 1 son, 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren.

MERRIFIELD, Morris H. a member of Florida State Chapter #1, died Sept. 1, 2000. He served with the 384th BG, 545th BS, was shot down and taken prisoner by the Germans, and held in Stalag 17B, 7A, Dulag Luft. He is survived by his wife Irma.

NEWCOMER, L. Paul, of Dearborn, MI passed away Oct. 25, 2000 at 84. A member of Wolverine Chapter, he served in the AAF, and was a POW during WWII. He is survived by his wife Juanita, 3 children, 5 grandchildren, and 1 brother.

ODOM, Johnnie C., age 82, passed away Oct. 18, 2000. During WWII, he served as a gunner on a B-17. He was shot down and held in various camps in Germany until liberation. A member of the Mobile, AL Chapter, AXPOW, he is survived by his wife, Grace, 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

PAYNE, Harold, Executive President of the Far East Prisoner of War Association since 1973, passed away November 1, 2000. Harold was a great friend of AXPOW and had attended many national conventions with PNC Harold and Virginia Page.

PRESSGROVE, Patricia, beloved wife of Clarence L. Pressgrove, WWII Pacific survivor, died in her sleep on Dec. 20, 1999.

PUTNAM, George M. died at his home in North Ft. Myers, FL on Sept. 28, 2000. He was 87. During WWII, he served in Co. A, 52 Armd. Inf. BM, 9 Armd Div. and was captured in the Battle of the Bulge. He leaves his loving wife of 53 years, Beatrice, 1 daughter, 7 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 1 great great grandson.

RIGBY, Lathama R., of Morton, MS, died 06/28/00, at age 82. He served in Headquarters Battery, 589 FABN, and was in the Battle of the Bulge. He spent time in Stalags 9B and 9A. He is survived by his wife, Lilla.

RIGGS, Victor V. of Xenia, OH passed away October 7, 2000. An Army veteran of WWII, he was captured and held as a POW. Survivors include his wife Juanita, 3 daughters, 6 stepchildren, and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews and other relatives.

RILEY, Ray Jackson died October 12, 2000, at the age of 74. He was born in Richmond, KY, November 28, 1925. He served in the US Army during WWII, and became a POW following the Battle of the Bulge. He was married to the late Ann Gilliam Riley, and is survived by two daughters, 3 grandchildren, and 1 great- grandson.

ROCCUCCI, Renato (Roy) of Burlingame, CA, who walked the “Shoeleather Express” from Stalag Luft III in January to Stalag VIIA in March or April, passed away recently. He is survived by his wife Marion, 2 daughters and walking partner Mark Hertz.

SEARS, William A. of Denver, CO, died Oct. 5, 2000 at age 83. A member of the Mile High Chapter, AXPOW, he served with the 99th (Checkerboard) Inf. Div., was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and held in Stalag 11B. He is survived by 2 sons and 4 grandchildren. His wife, Florence, died in 1997.

SOKOLOWSKI, Felix, 79, of Largo, Florida, died November 27, 2000 at home. He moved to Florida in 1981 from
Illinois. He was an Army veteran of WW II where he served as a staff sergeant, tank commander for the 12th Armored Division, A-Company, 43rd Tank Battalion. He was a POW in Germany and a member of Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, AXPOW. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Alice, a son, and two daughters.

SQUIRES, Martin L. died Feb. 1, 2000 at the age of 79 in Des Moines, Washington. He served with the 11th Airborne Reconnaissance Platoon, which played a major role in the liberation of Los Banos in February. He was also the husband and hero of Margaret Whitaker Squires, a Los Banos internee at the time of the liberation. Margaret was also held at Santo Tomas prior to moving to Los Banos. In addition to Margaret, Martin is also survived by 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

STEFANEK, John B. of Willoughby Hills, OH, died May 18, 2000 at age 80. He served in the Navy during WWII aboard the USS Houston. When the Houston was sunk, he was captured and held for 42 months. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Irma, and one daughter.

STERRETT, J. Deane, Deltona Fl, died Oct 25, 2000. He served with the 8th AF during WWII and was captured. A member of the East Central FL Chapter, he was also former state and chapter president of Air Force Assoc and regional VP. Deane is survived by wife Rachel, 2 sons, 1 daughter and his brother, Rev Charles Sterrett, who was also a POW in Germany.

STEWART, Eugene R of Anderson, IN, died Nov 17, 2000. A life member, and a member of Indiana Hoosier Chapter, he was with the 8 AF, 303 BG, and held in Stalag Luft IV and VI. He is survived by 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

THORNTON, George B. 82, of Petal, MS, passed away Sept. 30, 2000. Mr. Thornton was a Marine during WWII and in 1941 he was shipped to the Philippines where he was taken prisoner in May 1942. A member of the W. Jack Cleere Memorial Chapter, George is survived by 1 daughter, 3 brothers, 1 sister, 2 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

WADE, Gerald (Jed), born 1919, passed away Oct. 8, 2000 in Bend, OR. He had lived in Lincoln City, OR with his wife Margaret, who passed away in July. He served in the Pacific in WWII and made the Bataan Death March to Camp O’Donnell, where he escaped and served as a guerilla until the end of the war. Jed is survived by his sister, Peggy and several nieces and nephews.

WARE, Hazel, a member of the Tulsa (OK) Chapter, passed away Oct. 20, 2000. Widow of ex-POW Robert (deceased), Hazel served in WWII as well, as a Captain in the Army Nurse Corps, 62nd Field Hospital. She received many awards from the medical societies in which she was active.

WATTS, Ellis, of McCalla, AL, passed away Oct. 31, 2000. A member of G Co, 39th Inf. Reg. he participated in the liberation of France, was captured and held in 12A, 7A and Commando 4144. Charter Commander and current commander for Alabama Chapter #1, Ellis has served on the Governor’s POW Commission and various other posts in the state. He is survived by three daughters; his beloved wife died just two months previously.

WIEDERRICH, Edwin A. of Multnomah County died Aug. 7, 2000 at age 80. He served in the Army during WWII, and was captured in North Africa and held captive until liberation. At the time of his death, he was chapter commander for the Columbia River Chapter, AXPOW. Survivors include his wife, Eloise, 2 sons, 1 daughter, brother, 2 sisters, 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

WIETER, Ralph C. age 75, of Belleville, IL died Sept. 5, 2000. He was a member and past commander of the OKAW Chapter and past commander of the Illinois State Dept. During WWII, he was with the 2nd Ranger Btln, captured Dec. ‘44, assigned to CE-604 and sent to Stalag 4B. Surviving are his wife Lupe, 1 daughter, 1 son and 2 grandchildren.

WILLIAMS, Joseph Jr. of Charlotte, NC died Oct. 23, 2000. He was 76. During WWII, he served with the 8th AF and was held in Stalags 1,4, and 6 for 18 months until liberation. He was a member of the Metrolina Chapter, AXPOW. Survivors include his wife, Pauline, 4 children, 2 sisters, 1 brother, and 7 grandchildren.

WILLIAMS, Milford E. 77, of Danville, IL died Oct. 25, 2000. A very active member of AXPOW, Milford served as a National Service Officer and State Director, and Past State Commander. During WWII, he served in the 45th Inf. Div and fought in Sicily, Solarno, Cassino, Anzio and France until he was captured. Surviving are twin sons, 1 brother, 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

 


 

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