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Remember Edgar Whitcomb?
03Dec2005 | MKBorders

Posted on 12/03/2005 4:14:17 PM PST by M.K. Borders



TOPICS: US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: govwhitcomb
The gentleman on the left is former Indiana Gov. Edgar J. Whitcomb. He and his friends are standing on the porch of his home overlooking the Ohio river. He lives several miles from the nearest paved road.

Generaly he has turned his back on the foolishness of politics and the public arena.

1 posted on 12/03/2005 4:14:17 PM PST by M.K. Borders
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To: M.K. Borders

Governor Edgar Whitcomb
Former Governor of Indiana and three time Corregidor escapee. Author of the book “Escape from Corregidor” and “On Celestial Wings.

Edgar (“Ed”) D. Whitcomb enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1940 and was commissioned a second lieutenant the following year with the rating of aerial navigator. He served two combat tours in the Philippines during WWII. After his active military service, he graduated from Indiana University of Law. He practiced law in southern Indiana over a 30 year period including two years as assistant United States Attorney.

A graduate of the Army Command and General Staff course and the Air force Staff course he served in the Air Force reserve for 31 years and retired with the rank of Colonel. He served the State of Indiana USA as a senator, secretary of state, and governor.

Whitcomb’s experiences of evading capture, then being taken prisoner by the Japanese, escaping by an all-night swim from Corregidor, his recapture, and his ultimate repatriation from China as a civilian under an assumed name have made him a real part of history.


3 posted on 12/03/2005 4:18:28 PM PST by al baby (Father of the beeber)
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To: M.K. Borders

Now he is Governor Redneck?


4 posted on 12/03/2005 4:19:56 PM PST by JRios1968 ("Cogito, ergo FReep": I think, therefore I FReep.)
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To: JRios1968

He's not a redneck. I don't see three cars up on jacks in the front yard. It looks like he just decided to get away from everyone.


5 posted on 12/03/2005 4:22:15 PM PST by saganite (The poster formerly known as Arkie 2)
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To: M.K. Borders

If his house really does overlook the river then I think it is pretty neat.


6 posted on 12/03/2005 4:25:47 PM PST by yarddog
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To: al baby

One of the best governors we've had in a long time.


7 posted on 12/03/2005 4:35:42 PM PST by MyFreedomIHoldDear
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To: IncPen; Forecaster; Nailbiter

Just darn. What a guy...


8 posted on 12/03/2005 4:36:21 PM PST by BartMan1 (...)
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To: M.K. Borders
I remember Ed Whitcomb. A very handsome man, but not a very popular Governor. His career was largely over when he left the Governors mansion after one term (he was the last Governor who was term limited at one term). He tried to run for the Senate against Lugar in the primary when the latter first ran and did not come close. All in all I rather liked the man.
9 posted on 12/03/2005 4:38:35 PM PST by bilhosty
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To: M.K. Borders

Looking good.


10 posted on 12/03/2005 5:23:25 PM PST by Boazo (From the mind of BOAZO)
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To: M.K. Borders

I like the rustic cabin a lot, but he needs to spend a little more time keeping it tidy.


11 posted on 12/03/2005 5:30:55 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: Kirkwood

I used to have a house like that in Virginia. It was nice, but it sure was hard to keep warm in the wintertime.


12 posted on 12/03/2005 5:31:49 PM PST by Publius Valerius
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To: M.K. Borders

I have an autographed copy of the book "Escape from Corregidor" signed by Gov. Whitcomb. The story is it was found in a box of books I bought at an auction of the estate of a long time Republican supporter who was killed in a car accident. I have it stored in with our Roseville Pottery collection. I was to young to remember anything he did as Gov., but I remembered he was governor and knew the name when I saw the autograph on the book.


13 posted on 12/03/2005 5:46:34 PM PST by freedom4ever
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To: saganite
I don't see three cars up on jacks in the front yard. It looks like he just decided to get away from everyone.

Let's look at the backyard! Just kidding, I really respect that decision to get away from it all.

14 posted on 12/03/2005 6:13:15 PM PST by JRios1968 ("Cogito, ergo FReep": I think, therefore I FReep.)
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To: bilhosty
I remember Ed Whitcomb. A very handsome man, but not a very popular Governor.

As a former Indianian, I don't remember him as Guv... what years was he in office?

15 posted on 12/03/2005 6:21:48 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: operation clinton cleanup

He was elected in 1968 after being Secretary of State for two years. He served one term his predecessor was Roger Branigan and his successor was Otis Bowen the Bremen Demon.


16 posted on 12/03/2005 6:24:54 PM PST by bilhosty
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To: bilhosty

I was born in Fort Wayne in 1965... no wonder I missed him. I do remember Otis Bowen, at least the name!


17 posted on 12/03/2005 6:27:24 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: M.K. Borders

My mom went to HS with him.


18 posted on 12/03/2005 6:49:51 PM PST by redangus
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To: M.K. Borders

I like his house; but where are the steps? Does he jump up and down?


19 posted on 12/03/2005 7:15:08 PM PST by freekitty
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To: bilhosty

I remember him distinctly because my girlfriend fainted in his outer office when we were there visiting (she was too nervous to eat breakfast that day). I grabbed her as she fell on me and he rushed over and helped me get her into a private office where she could lay on a couch. Seemed like a really nice guy to me.

Clinton might have done the same, but for a different reason ("Here, her clothes are on too tight. You go get some water and I'll loosen these up.").


20 posted on 12/03/2005 8:51:38 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: M.K. Borders

I do remember him. Thought he was dead. Wasn't he on the "Death March" in WWII? Good governor and good conservative as I recall.


21 posted on 12/03/2005 11:16:39 PM PST by Amish
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To: operation clinton cleanup

This is his portrait.

http://www.statelib.lib.in.us/www/ihb/govportraits/whitcombe.html


22 posted on 12/04/2005 3:52:32 PM PST by bilhosty
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To: Amish
Col Whitcomb was on Batan and Corredor; however, he escaped in April 1942, to Corregidor. The Defenders captured on Corregidor were not on the Death March. At the surrender of Corregidor, Lt Whitcom and one other man swam for hours through dark, cold shark infested waters back to Bata'an. They were turned into the Japanese who took them to Ft Santiago- a place of tortures and death. Through deception, they were released into Santo Tomas (STIC) as civilians, (where my mother was one of the Army nurses held POW. She knew many of the hidden military in STIC). He was selected for a prisoner exchange (under his disguised name and identity)and returned to the US. In 1945 he was sent once again to the Philippine, and Japan. A man of great courage and sensitivity, he never forgot those he served with, including the Angels. He is still alive and I hope to interview him for the Flying Column Writing Project, about Santo Tomas and the hidden military in the civilian internment camp.
23 posted on 08/24/2007 10:16:13 AM PDT by rainbowtrout1 (the Flying Column Writing Project, keeping the legend alive)
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To: freedom4ever

My mother, Gertrude Higgins, taught at the school in Hayden, and she was always proud of the fact that Mr. Whitcomb was one of her students. He gave my mother an autographed copy of his book Return To Corregidor.

There is a nice museum in Hayden, with much Whitcomb memorabilia. It either is the original Whitcomb home or is at least close to it.I believe my Irish Grandfather ran a tavern close by for a while, and also had a farm a couple of miles from Hayden.

Mr. Whitcomb stayed in Naples, FL for a while and kept a boat on the Bay here in Southwest Florida. Wish I could have met him! Don Brown, Naples


24 posted on 06/23/2009 10:10:44 AM PDT by IUMBASCL
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To: redangus

As mentioned in a reply to a previous post, my Mother, Gertrude (Higgins) Brown taught there and was always proud that Mr. Whitcomb was one of her students.


25 posted on 06/23/2009 10:23:14 AM PDT by IUMBASCL
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I visited with the Gov. yesterday and found him to be as sharp as a tack, remembering events that happened 70 years ago as through it was yesterday. He and my uncle (B-17 pilot, later KIA) were in the same squadron in the P-I on 8 Dec 41. He still lives in Rome, IN on the banks of the Ohio River, but in a different refurbished home than the one shown. It's really a fantastic home for a truly fantastic American patrriot.
26 posted on 07/25/2009 9:05:54 AM PDT by DutchTee
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