4th Marines, 3rd Bn, "L" Co.
Enlisted in Marine Corps at
age 14 in San Francisco, 13 weeks boot-camp. First duty
station -- Prison chaser at Mare Island Naval Prison (15
yrs,. old). June 1940 transferred to Asiatic Station
aboard USS Chaumont. Duty in Tientsen China and
Philippines at Cavite Navy Yard. TDY to staff of Admiral
Thomas Hart, CNC Asiatic Fleet. (Intelligence section).
Drove to Bataan with Ike Williams in a hot-wired one star
Generals staff Car. Combat on Bataan during the battle of
Longaskakayan Point and the battle of the Big Pocket.
Corregidor 10 April to 6 May. Shot down Jap Zero with air cooled
50. Salvaged from Navy PBY. Bronze Star, 2 Purple Hearts,
Presidential unit citations and more 3 ½ years POW Japan. Conducted
sabotage operations against Japanese while POW. Released from POW
Camp 29 August 1945, returned to states 2-Sep 45. Honorable,
Medical, discharge 1947.
Broadcast Journalist 1947-1972. Major stories covered include
Kennedy Assassination & Ruby Trial for UPI Audio; BA in Journalism
1984, TCU. One son, deceased; a daughter; two grandsons and one
great- grand-daughter. Subject of book: The siege of Bataan and
Corregidor---The Alamo of the Pacific---. Defended by The Forgotten
Warriors of WWII---The Battling Bastards of Bataan and how they
continued the battle from behind barbed wire through sabotage