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Biography
'Tillman Rutledge  1998
Tillman J. Rutledge Baton Rouge Nat. Convention 1998
Joce Ann Rutledge Rutledge  1943
Tillman's wife Joyce Ann Cpl. Tillman Rutledge
Last Name:
RUTLEDGE
First Name Middle Initial:
TILLMAN J
Nick Name:
Street:  9509 COOL BROOK City & State: SAN ANTONIO, TX E-Mail:  TJR7550@FLASH.NET
Zip: 78250-3440 Phone:  (210) 684-7550 Spouse: JOYCE ANN
Conflict: WW II, KOREA, VIETNAM Service Branch: Army Air Corp Unit: 2 BN CO F 31 INF
Theater: ETO Where Captured: BATAAN, P.I. Date Captured: 04/09/42
Camps Held In: O’DONNELL, CABAN CABANATUAN, BILIBID, LAS PINAS, TANAGAWA, AND FUKUOKA How Long Interned: 1241 days
Liberated / repatriated: liberated Date Liberated: 09/45 Age at Capture: 17
Medals Received: POW MEDAL, BRONZE STAR, SILVER STAR, PURPLE HEART, COMBAT INFANTRY BADGE
Military Job: CPL Company: U.S. AIR FORCE
Occupation after War:  RETIRED

 

Bio:

Tillman J. Rutledge of San Antonio, Texas was only 17 when he was captured in Bataan on April 9th, 1942. Mr. Rutledge was a PFC. 6th CL spec, Co F and 2nd BN Hgs. Det., U.S. 31st Inf. Polar Bears, in the United States Army and spent 3 and half years as a POW and made the Bataan death march before being self liberated in September 1945. After the war Mr. Rutledge stayed in the service and joined the U.S.A.F. he served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He had orders to DaNang, but failed to pass the physical and was forced to retire on Combat rated disabilities. During his career in the service Mr. Rutledge was held in such camps as O’Donnell, Caban Cabanatuan, Bilibid, Las Pinas, Tanagawa, and Fukuoka and has received over 31 decorations and awards including the Silver Star, Two Bronze Stars, four Purple Hearts, and the POW Medal.
Mr. Rutledge also volunteers his time in Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service. Plus Mr. Rutledge has attended Florida State University, SAC (San Antonio College), La Salle Law School, St. Mary’s University and was the recipient of the Secretary Of Affairs Outstanding Volunteer with Diamond award, the DAV National Volunteer of the Year for 1996 award, and the AHA Award for Volunteer Excellence for 1997.
Mr. Rutledge has also written a book entitled "My Japanese POW Diary Story" that was published in 1997. It is a personal account of the survival of young teenager under the worst of the worst conditions. Joyce Ann Counts Rutledge, Born 16 July 1929, Freeport, Florida. Graduated popular Springs high school, Florida, and met Tillman while she was working in Tallahassee, FL and he was assigned to the AFROTC detachment #145 and attending Florida State. Tillman and Joyce were married November 3rd 1951 in Tallahassee, FL. They have five children. Joyce was one of the first ten volunteers at Audie L. Murphy Memorial Hospital, San Antonio, TX. Serving over 24 years and 15,000 certified hours. She also served our Lord as a volunteer helping others as a Sunday school teacher. Joyce Ann Rutledge, a very devoted wife, mother and Till's best friend who was always there for him. Their book, "My Japanese POW Diary Story" would not have ever been started, much less finished, except for Joyce. She was a victim of PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), an incurable hereditary disease that they fought for over ten years together. Joyce Ann Rutledge - the love of my life.   By Mr. Rutledge

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