Skip to comments.Robert Prince, U.S. Army Ranger, 1919 - 2009
Posted on 01/06/2009 2:21:30 PM PST by mdittmar
The great raider has died.
Robert Prince, the Seattle native and Army Ranger who, as a captain in World War II was the assault force commander of the daring mission to liberate Allied prisoners of war that became known as "The Great Raid," passed away New Years Day in Port Townsend, his family confirmed.
He was 89.
"He died at home," Prince's son, Jim, a commercial fisherman from Port Townsend, confirmed Monday.
At Robert Prince's request, no services were held. Remembrances are suggested to the Children's Orthopedic Hospital or a charity of ones choice.
"He will be lovingly remembered by his family and friends as a warm, generous, but reserved and humble man," Prince's family said in a funeral notice.
A Garfield High and Stanford graduate, Prince was "a lifelong student of history, an avid follower of politics, and until recently, an enthusiastic Husky football fan," his family wrote.
Prince's humility extended to the mark in history he made as a soldier, from which he often deflected attention. His obituary says simply, "He served in the Southwest Pacific in New Guinea, the Philippine Islands and in Japan. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his role in the rescue of 571 Bataan prisoners of war from the Cabanatuan Prison Camp January 31, 1945."
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Rest in Peace. My thanks to a gracious God for blessing our nation with men such as this.
Rest In Peace, Ranger.
I consider it no sacrifice to die for my country. In my mind, we came here to thank God that men like these have lived rather than to regret that they have died.
General George S. Patton
Two words for the good Lord today
Ranger up indeed!
Mr. Prince was a remarkable man. God Bless him and may he rest in peace.
What a man. GOD bless ya sir.
“the Japanese War Ministry had issued a “kill all policy” to cover up war crimes by executing witnesses, in this case prisoner”.
And they to this day refuse to own up to their crimes.
You got that right Joe. That’s what always gets to me in August when the bleeding hearts go on and on about how awful American was to nuke Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japan’s conduct of World War II was despicable and they got off better than they deserved.
I have the greatest respect for RANGERs - got to work with few while working with the Army (I’m retired USAF).
They seem to get the hardest work, baddest missions and still fill the mission.
Dropping the nukes on Japan saved untold American lives that would have been lost had we had to invade.
Japan to this day has never accepted responsibility for the terrible things they were responsible for leading up to and including WWII.
I read Ghost Soldiers. It quite a story, He was a HERO!!!!!!
God Bless him.