Skip to comments.Remember Edgar Whitcomb?
Posted on 12/03/2005 4:14:17 PM PST by M.K. Borders
Generaly he has turned his back on the foolishness of politics and the public arena.
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.
Whitcombs 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.
Now he is Governor Redneck?
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.
If his house really does overlook the river then I think it is pretty neat.
One of the best governors we've had in a long time.
Just darn. What a guy...
I like the rustic cabin a lot, but he needs to spend a little more time keeping it tidy.
I used to have a house like that in Virginia. It was nice, but it sure was hard to keep warm in the wintertime.
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.
Let's look at the backyard! Just kidding, I really respect that decision to get away from it all.
As a former Indianian, I don't remember him as Guv... what years was he in office?
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.
I was born in Fort Wayne in 1965... no wonder I missed him. I do remember Otis Bowen, at least the name!
My mom went to HS with him.
I like his house; but where are the steps? Does he jump up and down?
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.").
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.
This is his portrait.
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
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.
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