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The FReeper Foxhole Remembers The Los Banos Raid - 1945 - Feb. 23rd, 2003 ^ | Sam McGowan

Posted on 02/23/2003 12:02:12 AM PST by SAMWolf

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Angels At Dawn

As Allied forces retook territory the Japanese had wrested from them at the beginning of the war in the Pacific, the fate of prisoners of war (POWs) and civilian internees was of major concern to the Allied high command. This was particularly true in the Philippines, where thousands of survivors of the Bataan Death March, as well as American and European civilians, were being held prisoner.

General Douglas MacArthur, the U.S. commander in the Philippines, ordered his subordinates to make every effort to liberate camps in their areas of operation as quickly as possible. Daring raids were organized to free prisoners and internees ahead of the attacking American forces, for it was suspected that the Japanese captors would slaughter their charges before they could be rescued. These fears were not unjustified--on more than one occasion, POWs had been slaughtered by their guards.

The former University of the Philippines Agricultural School at Los Baños, a town on the island of Luzon some 40 miles southeast of Manila, had been converted into an internment camp for more than 2,000 civilians who had had the misfortune of falling into Japanese hands at the beginning of the war. The 2,122 internees who were at the camp in the late winter of 1945 were of many nationalities, though the majority were American, and of every age, including infants. For more than three years, the internees at Los Baños, along with POWs in other camps, had waited patiently for the day when their liberators would arrive. On January 9, 1945, the U.S. Sixth Army waded ashore at Lingayen Gulf and began moving south. Three weeks later the Eighth Army landed at Nasugbu and began moving north. Within a month, the advancing U.S. forces were on the doorstep of Manila. For the occupants of the Los Baños camp, rescue appeared imminent.

As the advancing U.S. forces drew nearer and nearer to Manila, General MacArthur became concerned that the Japanese might decide to slaughter the American POWs and other Allied civilians under their control. During the Sixth Army's movement south, troops liberated American and other Allied POWs in several camps.

One of the most spectacular liberation efforts was that conducted by the 6th Ranger Battalion at Cabanatuan. A Ranger task force, assisted by Filipino guerrillas, penetrated deep into Japanese territory and, after crawling more than a mile on their bellies, attacked Cabanatuan prison and freed some 500 POWs, bringing them 20 miles to safety. Nearer Manila, elements of the 1st Cavalry assaulted the campus of Santo Tomas University and freed more than 3,500 civilian internees.

Los Baños was some 25 miles southeast of Manila and thus outside the primary line of advance for the American forces. Located on Laguna de Bay, a large freshwater lake, Los Baños was accessible to amphibious and ground forces. Because Los Baños was located in the 11th Airborne Division's area of operations, a third means of attack was also possible: a paratroop assault from the skies.

The 11th Airborne Division had arrived in the southwest Pacific in mid-1944. Under the command of Maj. Gen. Joe Swing, the 11th had undergone theater training in New Guinea prior to taking part in the invasion of Leyte. The 503rd Regimental Combat Team and the 11th were the only American airborne forces to fight in the Pacific. After Leyte, the parachute elements of the 11th moved to Mindoro, while the glider troops prepared for an amphibious landing at Nasugbu Bay. On January 31 the 188th Glider Regiment landed at Nasugbu with the Eighth Army. Four days later, the airborne infantry of the 511th Airborne Regimental Combat team jumped onto Tagaytay Ridge. Because of a shortage of available transport, the 475th Parachute Field Artillery and other support units jumped in the following day.

Once on the ground on Luzon, the 11th Airborne began working its way toward Manila after the parachute and glider elements had linked up. By mid-February, the 11th was engaged in combat along the so-called Genko Line, a fortified system of interlocking pillboxes running along the south side of Manila. Although the division was already engaged in heavy combat, General Swing and members of his staff were well aware that they were responsible for liberating the Los Baños internees. The problem was that they had not yet determined the best method for carrying out the mission.

The Filipino guerrilla groups operating in the area played a key role in the liberation of the camp. The Hunters-ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) Guerrillas, made up originally of former cadets of the Philippine Military Academy, were one of the most active groups, along with ex-ROTC students and other former college students. Other groups included President Quezon's Own Guerrillas (the PQOG), the Chinese Guerrillas of Luzon and the Hukbalahaps, a Marxist group with their own agenda for the Philippines. To bring some order to the guerrilla effort, U.S. Army Major Jay D. Vanderpool had formed a combined guerrilla command known as the General Guerrilla Command (GGC) of Luzon. The GGC would coordinate operations against Los Baños.

The Plan

Inside the camp, there was some dissension as to whether the internees should make any effort to make contact with the Americans and effect a rescue. Los Baños was filled with civilians, with the exception of 12 U.S. Navy nurses. Some of the men were of military age, however, and one or two had tried to enlist in the U.S. forces shortly after Pearl Harbor but had been unsuccessful.

On the night of February 12, 1945, Freddy Zervoulakas, a 19-year-old Greek-Filipino, slipped out of the camp and made contact with the guerrillas. He was sent back into the camp with a copy of a letter from Major Vanderpool instructing the guerrillas to make every effort to free the internees--but the internee committee responsible for governing the camp decided that it would be best for the internees to do nothing. Nevertheless, several male prisoners slipped under the wire in the days before the rescue.

On Sunday, February 18, Major Henry Burgess, commander of the 1st Paratrooper Battalion, was ordered to withdraw his battalion from positions on the Genko Line and proceed to Manila. While the battalion rested, Burgess reported to the 11th Airborne Division headquarters, then located at Paranaque. The 26-year-old major met first with Colonel Douglas Quant, the division G-3 (operations officer), who informed him that his unit was going to be involved in the liberation of 2,000 civilian prisoners from the camp at Los Baños. Burgess spent the remainder of the day at headquarters, meeting with division Intelligence and Operations and planning the mission.

The following day Burgess met Pete Miles, an internee who had escaped from the camp the previous day and been conveyed by guerrillas to the 11th Airborne Division. Miles provided information of the layout of the camp and the schedules of the guards, details that were essential to complete the mission precisely and without needlessly endangering the internees.

The division plan called for a multi-pronged assault on the camp. A parachute company would launch the raid by jumping into a drop zone inside or adjacent to the camp at dawn on the day of the attack. The division recon platoon would cross the bay in advance of the main party, make contact with the guerrillas and organize them to attack the camp sentries exactly at H-hour. Major Burgess' battalion, minus one company, would proceed across Laguna de Bay aboard amphibious vehicles and provide the main body of the attacking force. A combat team was to attack overland from Manila on Highway 1, with the objective of providing a blocking force to cut off any Japanese reinforcements.

For the parachute assault, the 511th's regimental commander, Lt. Col. Ed Lahti, selected B Company of the 1st Battalion, commanded by 1st Lt. John M. Ringler, because it was closest to full strength. Heavy combat in recent days had severely depleted the ranks of all the division's units.

One unique factor in the Los Baños mission was that the planning for the raid itself was generally left up to the men who would do the job. Ringler personally planned the airborne phase of the mission, down to selecting a 500-foot-jump altitude instead of the usual 700-1,000 feet, so the men would be exposed for less time. Ringler also determined that the drop formation should fly three V's-in-trail of three planes each because of the small drop zone. Nine Douglas C-47s from the 65th Troop Carrier Squadron of the 54th Troop Carrier Group were selected to make the drop.

The division reconnaissance platoon under Lieutenant George Skau played a major role in the Los Baños operation. Skau's 31-man platoon would be responsible for infiltrating into the area around the camp prior to the raid and linking up with the guerrillas, then integrating the indigenous forces into the rescue effort. The soldiers of the platoon were typically of the "rugged outdoorsman" variety, and their familiarity with hiking, camping and hunting especially suited them for missions deep behind enemy lines.

On the evening of February 21, some 36 hours before the planned attack, Lieutenant Skau's recon platoon moved out by truck for the barrio of Wulilyos, where they met Filipino guides and the crews of three bancas (sailing vessels ordinarily used for fishing and trade in the coastal waters of the Philippines). The first banca moved out at 2000 hours with Skau and his headquarters group aboard. A second, larger banca set sail some 15 minutes later. The third was meant to sail right behind with the bulk of the platoon's supplies and men, but the Filipino captain discovered that the rudder was broken. Repairs took two hours.

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The Attack

The trip across Laguna de Bay was planned to take two or three hours. But it was not until the wee morning hours that the first banca finally touched shore near Los Baños after an eight-hour journey due to light winds that failed to fill the sails. One of the bancas was still in the middle of the lake at daybreak and making little progress. The Filipino crew spent the rest of the day trying every trick in the book to get the heavily laden vessel to its destination, but it was well into the evening when the banca reached shore. The paratroopers of the recon platoon had spent most of the day crouching uncomfortably beneath the side rails of the ship to avoid being seen by the Japanese patrol boats that still ruled the waters.

After reaching shore with only a portion of his men, Skau began making plans to carry out his mission with the small force that had landed with him. While his men rested out of sight, Skau met with the guerrilla leaders and two escaped internees in a schoolhouse in the barrio of Nanhaya. Ben Edwards, one of the former prisoners, sketched the layout of the camp on the school blackboard for the paratroopers. Assuming that the last banca would arrive in time for the rescue, Skau broke his group into six teams and assigned from eight to 12 guerrillas to each one. Edwards and the other internee, Freddy Zervoulakos, each accompanied one of the teams. Late that evening, the third banca finally reached shore. Shortly after midnight, the recon platoon teams began moving out from their rendezvous point at the schoolhouse for their attack positions.

The amphibious element boarded amtracs and moved out at 0500 on February 23. Fifty-four amtracs from the 672nd Amphibian Tractor Battalion set out across Laguna de Bay from Mamatid, their noisy engines giving notice that the attacking force was on its way. In the pitch-black, pre-dawn darkness, a lack of landmarks forced the tractor drivers to navigate solely by compass.

At Nichols Field outside Manila, the paratroopers boarded nine C-47s at 0530. Half an hour later, the pilots started their engines. After takeoff, each of the jump planes orbited over the field until all nine were airborne and had joined the formation. At 0640 the C-47s headed southeast over Laguna de Bay toward Los Baños. Fifteen minutes later, the pilots signaled a six-minute warning by turning on the red paratrooper jump lights in the cargo compartments of their airplanes. At 0700 Ringler stepped from the door of the lead C-47; the Los Baños raid was in progress.

As the jump planes passed over the camp, the Japanese sentries were in the process of changing the guard, and the internees were lined up for morning roll call. The plan called for the recon platoon to attack the sentry positions and other Japanese strongholds as the troopers were floating to earth, but only two of the five teams were in position at H-hour. At the sight of the drop planes over Los Baños, the other three teams had to abandon stealth and rushed headlong for the camp. Nevertheless, the attack went off more or less as planned. By 0715, when Ringler had finished organizing his men and the first of the jump teams reached the camp perimeter, Los Baños was already under attack from three sides. A number of the guards, most of whom had turned out without weapons for morning calisthenics, were killed, while others fled for the hills.

By the time the amtracs arrived from the shores of Laguna de Bay, the gun battle was practically over. Guards of the overwhelmed Japanese garrison had either been killed, were hiding, or had fled. Among the latter was Warrant Officer Sadaaki Konishi, the tyrannical second-in-command at the camp. Largely because of Konishi's policy of withholding food, the paratroopers found a starving horde of internees, many of whom weighed barely 100 pounds.

1 posted on 02/23/2003 12:02:12 AM PST by SAMWolf
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The original evacuation plan had been for a task force made up of men from the 188th Glider Regiment under Colonel Robert Soule to fight their way down National Highway 1 to Los Baños, then evacuate the internees overland to Manila. The amtrac battalion was only to deliver the bulk of Major Burgess' paratrooper battalion, then return to Mamatid empty while the rescuers returned with the internees. After an hour at the camp, however, Burgess determined from the sound of firing that Soule's task force was still at least three hours away from Los Baños. At the same time, he was well aware that thousands of Japanese troops were within striking distance of his location.

At the last minute the plans were changed--Burgess decided not to wait for the task force. The internees were to be evacuated by amtrac, and the paratroopers would return to Manila with Soule's task force. Burgess directed the amtrac commander, Lt. Col. Joe Gibbs, to order his men to load their vehicles with internees, then evacuate them to Mamatid and shuttle back and forth until both the internees and members of the raiding party were all withdrawn to safety.

Organizing the liberated prisoners, most of whom were milling about the camp with little sense of order, was a problem; the internees were ecstatic about being rescued, but were hardly in a mood to fall into any kind of formation. Major Burgess observed that the internees seemed to be drifting in advance of fires that had been started in some of the barracks during the raid, so he ordered his men to set fire to the camp in such a manner that the fires would lead the internees in the direction of the main gate, where the amtracs were waiting.

By 0900, two hours after the commencement of the raid, some order had begun to appear among the internees. Those who could do so had begun the two-mile walk to the beach, while those who were unable to make the hike were loaded aboard amtracs for the journey. After the infirm were evacuated, several amtracs began to aid the walking by providing a lift to the beach.

As the internees moved out of the camp, Major Burgess and his troopers began a systematic search to ensure that all internees were accounted for and that none were still in the camp. The soldiers did as thorough a job as possible. Because many of the Filipino guerrillas disappeared into the jungle after the raid, many Americans liberated at Los Baños never knew to what extent the irregular troops had contributed to their release.

By mid-day, the Soule task force had advanced in the face of enemy resistance to a point just outside Los Baños. By then the evacuation by amtrac was proceeding quite well, as the officers of the task force could see from activities on the lake. Colonel Soule elected to halt his advance at the San Juan River and to maintain a bridgehead in the event the paratroopers had to withdraw by land as planned.

From Los Baños, the internees proceeded to the village of San Antonio, where the head of the marching column arrived at about 1000. From there, the amtracs, filled with evacuees, formed up into columns of three and slid into the waters of the lake for the two-hour journey to Mamatid. While on the lake, several of the amtracs came under fire from Japanese shore positions. Little damage was done, although one amtrac had to offload its cargo of evacuees and be towed to shore by another vessel.

By noon the remainder of the internees and the rear guard of the 1st Battalion had reached San Antonio. Burgess still had not made contact with Soule, nor was he in contact with the 11th Division headquarters. Essentially, he was on his own. Around that time General Swing flew over the beach in a light liaison aircraft. After Burgess advised the general by radio that the raid had been successful and that he planned to evacuate the remainder of the group and his own men with the amtracs that were on their way back to San Antonio, the young major was flabbergasted at his commander's reply: Could he perhaps liberate the entire town of Los Baños, then move west to link up with the 188th and keep possession of the territory they had gained?

Burgess was in the middle of contested territory with what, for all practical purposes, was a raiding party, and with strong enemy forces within easy striking distance. He did not answer the general's request, but after carefully considering his situation, he simply switched his radio off and did not acknowledge that he had received the message.

At around 1500 the last amtrac shoved off from San Antonio with the final load of internees and troops. At Mamatid the internees moved to the former New Bilibid prison, where they prepared for the journey to their homes in the United States and elsewhere.

While the liberation of the internees from Los Baños went off without a hitch, there is a dark epilogue to the story. After the 11th Airborne Division paratroopers left the area, the Japanese moved back in. Ironically, the first Americans to re-enter the vicinity of Los Baños were the same paratroopers who had liberated the camp only days before. What they found in the barrios surrounding the camp this time was both nauseating and pitiful. Whole families had been tied to the stilts supporting their houses, then the dwellings had been set ablaze, collapsing around their helpless former inhabitants. Burgess estimated that more than 1,500 Filipinos had been cruelly killed, evidently in retaliation for the rescue of the internees.

There is some question as to the identity of those who did the killing. The Japanese in the area were reinforced by pro-Japanese Filipino units commanded by Japanese officers and NCOs. Many of the villages in the region were pro-Japanese "Makapili" as well--residents at odds with their countrymen who favored a return to American control.

One Japanese soldier later identified as having played a part in the reprisals in the area--including the murder of an American family that had lived near Los Baños and had not been interned--was Warrant Officer Sadaaki Konishi, the sadistic second-in-command of the camp at Los Baños. After the war, Konishi was implicated by certain Filipinos, tried for his crimes, and then executed as a war criminal.
2 posted on 02/23/2003 12:03:00 AM PST by SAMWolf (To look into the eyes of the wolf is to see your soul)
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The following notes and pictures were provided by Freeper Andyman, whose parents were liberated in the raid.

The reference to POWs being killed refer primarily to the massacre at Palawan.

The prisoners knew something was up, some had seen shiny new American dimes months prior to the raid. They knew that Manila was being bombed, and they knew that American forces knew they were there as a couple of American fighters had buzzed the camp in the weeks prior to the raid.

Hearing my parents tell it, and mentioned in some of the books I read, the internees were so slow in going to get what possessions they still had and deciding what they would bring back home that the decision was made to set fire to the dorms to get them moving at all, not just herding them. The internees were on an 800 calorie a day towards the end.

I thought it might be helpful to note that due to the number of internees the amtracks had to make two return trips over Laguna de Bay to pick them up and San Antonio. My mother was in the first group and remembers getting fired on.

One other part is that no casualties are mentioned in your account. One of the remarkable events of the war in my opinion is the fact that all 2,100+ internees were evacuated with only 3 or 4 getting wounded, and they were minor (one got burnt by a shell casing ejected from a .50 cal on one of the amtracks that was returning fire from the shore). The 3 military deaths occurred in the overland task force.

Konishi was recognized as he was on a maintenance detail on a Manila golf course, arrested, tried, and put to death.

3 posted on 02/23/2003 12:03:27 AM PST by SAMWolf (To look into the eyes of the wolf is to see your soul)
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'I doubt that any airborne unit in the world will be able to rival the Los Banos prison raid. It is the textbook airborne operation for all ages and all armies.'

-- Colin Powell
Chief of Staff

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1955 Howard Jones rock pianist/vocalist (Things Can Only Get Better)
1956 Maren Jensen Glendale CA, actress (Battlestar Galactica)
1958 David Sylvian vocal/guitar (Sylvian Sylvian, Japan-Adolescent Sex)
1958 Lorraine Michaels Canterbury England, playmate (April, 1981)
1958 Ria Brieffies Dutch vocalist (Dolly Dots)
1959 John Arthur Wilson Ceres CA, PGA golfer (1994 Anheuser-Busch-4th)
1960 Cindy Figg-Currier Mt Pleasant MI, golfer (1994 British Open-6th)
1960 Gloria von Thurm un Taxis Munich German Federal Republic, Princess
1960 Maria Gloria von Schönberg-Glauchau wife of prince Thurn un Taxis
1960 Naruhito crown prince of Japan
1962 Melinda Mays Augusta GA, playmate (February 1983)
1962 Michael Wilton rock guitarist (Queensrÿche-The Warning)
1963 Bobby Bonilla New York NY, outfielder (New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Marlins)
1963 Debbie Kruck Danbury CT, Ms Fitness USA (1994)
1963 Reza Abdoh theatre director
1963 Robert Collins keyboard player
1964 Byron Evans NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
1964 Dana Katherine Scully fictional character (X-Files)
1964 John Norum rocker
1965 Helena Sukova Prague Czechoslovakia, tennis star (1985 US Open Women's Doubles)
1965 Kristin Davis actress (Melrose Place)
1965 Sylvie Guillem France, ballerina (Royal Ballet)
1966 Marc Price actor/comedian (Skippy-Family Ties)
1966 John Druce Peterborough, NHL right wing (Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings)
1967 Gord Murphy Willowdale, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
1967 Pam Blundell fashion designer
1967 Steven C Stricker Edgerton WI, PGA golfer (1994 Northern Telecom-2nd)
1968 Stephanie Seymour San Diego CA, actress/model (Sunny Side Up)
1969 Ed McDaniel NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
1969 Michael Campbell Hawera New Zealand, Australasia golfer
1971 Jason Keller Scarsdale NY, actor (Jason-Out of the Blue)
1971 Shane Keller Scarsdale NY, actor (Shane-Out of the Blue)
1971 Carin Hjalmarsson Koch Kungalv Sweden, golfer (1995 Pinewild-7th)
1971 Torsten Kienass Berlin Germany, hockey defenseman (Team Germany)
1972 Greg Hill NFL running back (Kansas City Chiefs)
1972 Jamie Watson NBA forward (Utah Jazz)
1972 Ryan Grigson NFL guard/tackle (Detroit Lions)
1972 Steve Papin WLAF running back (Scotland Claymores)
1973 Robert Pipkins Staten Island NY, luger (Olympics-1994)
1974 Herschelle Gibbs cricketer (South African Test batsman 1996)
1974 Kenyon Cotton full back (Baltimore Ravens)
1975 Bohdan Utihrach Czechoslovakia, tennis star
1975 Chris Garner NBA guard (Toronto Raptors)
1975 Michael Tricario actor (Randy-Wonder Years)
1975 Pat Barnes quarterback (Kansas City Chiefs)
1976 Dmitriy Dudarev hockey forward (Team Kazakhstan Olympics-1998)
1976 Jeff O'Neill Richmond Hill, NHL center (Hartford Whalers)
1977 Angie Trostel Oxford OH, diver (Olympics-96)
1977 Dally Randriantefy Antananarivo Madag, tennis star (1993 Marseille)
1978 Karolina Rantamaki ice hockey left wing (Finland, Olympics-98)
1980 Yvonne Tousek Kitchener Ontario, gymnastic (Olympics-96)

Deaths which occurred on February 23:
0155 Polycarp disciple of Apostle John, arrested & burned at stake
1447 Eugene IV [Gabriele Condulmer], Italian Pope (1431-47), dies
1468 John Gutenberg German inventor (boekdrukkunst), dies
1554 Henry Grey Duke of Suffolk, Lady Jane Grey's father, executed
1607 Herman Herbertsz vicar, dies at about 60
1660 Charles X Gustaaf king of Sweden (1654-60), dies at 37
1662 Johann Crüger German organist/composer/music theorist, dies at 63
1669 Lieuwe van Aitzema Frisian historian, dies at 68
1682 Abraham de Wicquefort Dutch diplomat/historian, dies at 75
1704 Georg Muffat French/German organist/composer, dies at 50
1718 François Fagel Dutch field marshal/mayor of Nimegen, dies at 63
1766 Stanislaw Leszcynski duke of Lutherans/king of Poland, dies
1792 Joshua Reynolds English portrait painter (Simplicity), dies at 68
1797 Antoine d'Auvergne French opera composer (Coquette Trompée), dies at 83
1806 John Alcock composer, dies at 90
1807 François Guichard composer, dies at 61
1821 John Keats Romantic poet, dies of tuberculosis at 25 in Rome
1821 Marie-Anne Collot French sculptor, dies
1828 Mihály Fazekar Hungarian botanist/literary (Book of Spices), dies
1848 John Quincy Adams 6th US President (1825-1829), dies of a stroke at 80
1855 Carl Friedrich Gauss mathematician, dies
1867 George Thomas Smart composer, dies at 90
1884 Tambo Tambo Australian aboriginal/US circus attraction, dies at 23
1897 Woldemar Bargiel composer, dies at 68
1900 William Butterfield architect of the Gothic revival, dies
1902 Samuel R Gardiner British historian (Oliver Cromwell), dies at 72
1903 Albert Cahen composer, dies at 57
1903 Friedrich Grutzmacher composer, dies at 70
1906 Johann Hoch US murderer, executed
1913 Jimmy Sinclair cricketer (3 centuries in 25 Test South Africa career), dies
1915 Robert Smalls Reconstruction congressman, dies at 75 in South Carolina
1916 George Clement Martin composer, dies at 71
1920 Alexander Alexandrovich Il'yinsky composer, dies at 61
1922 Henri Landru executed for having 11 wives, in France
1924 Thomas Woodrow Wilson 28th US President (1913-21), dies
1927 Sveinbjorn Sveinbjornsson composer, dies at 79
1930 Horst Wessel German Nazi lyricist (Fahne Hoch), dies at 22
1930 Mabel Normand actress/director (Extra Girl), dies at 35
1931 Nellie Melba [Helen Mitchell], Australian soprano, dies
1934 Augusto Sandino Nicaraguan patriot, assassinated by National Guard
1934 Edward William Elgar English composer (Coronation Ode), dies at 76
1935 Jan Duiker Dutch architect (Hotel Gooiland), dies at 44
1937 Claude Buckenham cricketer (21 wickets in 4 Tests for England 1909-10), dies
1942 Stefan Zweig Austrian writer (Die Welt von Gestern), dies at 60
1944 Leo Hendrick Baekeland inventor (Bakelite), dies
1945 Aleksei Tolstoi Russian poet/writer (Pjotr Peroyj), dies at 62
1945 Aubrey Cousins Canadian sergeant (Victoria Cross), dies in battle
1955 Paul Claudel French poet/playwright (L'otage), dies at 86
1961 Wilf Ferguson cricket leg spinner (34 wickets for West Indies), dies
1965 Stan Laurel comedian (Laurel & Hardy), dies in California of heart attack at 74
1968 Edna Ferber US author (Giant, Showboat), dies at 80
1968 Fannie Hurst US author (Anatomy of Me), dies at 78
1969 Abd al-Aziz Abd al-Rahman al-Faisal al-Saud King Saudia, dies at 67
1969 Joseph Messner composer, dies at 75
1971 King Lockwood dies of stroke at 73
1972 Michael Taube composer, dies at 81
1974 Florence Rice actress (Girl in 1313, Carnival), dies at 63
1976 Fuzzy Knight actor (Gun Town, Ragtime Cowboy Joe), dies at 74
1976 L S Lowry painter, dies
1980 Robert Vandekerckhove Belgian politician, dies at 62
1983 Adrian Boult conductor, dies
1985 Alexander Scourby actor (Jesus, Shaggy Dog, Giant), dies at 71
1987 Esmond Knight actor (Black Narcissus, Henry V), dies at 80
1990 Annelien Kappeyne van de Coppello Dutch MP (Liberal), dies at 53
1990 James Gavin commandant US 82nd Airborn Division (Normandy), dies at 82
1990 Jose Napoleon Duarte President of Salvador (1984-89), dies at 62
1992 Jacquelyn Hyde actress (Dark, House of Terror), dies at 61
1992 Markos Vafiades leader (ELAS, 1943-49), dies
1993 Edwin Louis Battle actor (Almost Blue, Chase), dies of stroke at 33
1994 Stuart Berger doctor (Immune Power Diet), dies from obesity at 40
1995 Art Kane photographer, dies at 69
1995 David Melvin English Franklin singer, dies at 52
1995 James Herriot Scot author (All Creatures Great & Small), dies at 78
1995 Norman Hunter writer, dies at 95
1995 Peter Guy Wykeham Fighter Pilot-Barnes dies at 79
1996 Freddie Stocks cricket (center on debut & wicket on 1st ball, Notts), dies
1996 George Alan Dawson jazz drummer/teacher, dies at 66
1996 Joseph Walker Barr banker/politician, dies at 78
1997 Oscar Lewenstein impressario, dies at 80
1997 Tony Williams jazz musician, dies at 51
1998 Philip Abbott actor (Arthur Ward-FBI), dies at 74

On this day...
0303 Emperor Diocletian orders general persecution of Christians
1455 Johannes Gutenberg prints 1st book, the Bible (estimated date)
1574 France begins 5th Holy War against Huguenots
1660 Charles XI becomes king of Sweden
1668 Fire in Wiener Hofburg in Vienna, emperor Leopold I rescued
1672 Joan Blaeus publishers destroyed by fire in Amsterdam
1689 Dutch prince William III proclaimed king of England
1778 Baron von Steuben joins the Continental Army at Valley Forge
1792 Humane Society of Massachusetts incorporated (erected life-saving stations for distressed mariners)
1792 Joseph Haydn's 94th Symphony in G, premieres
1804 Conspirators against Napoleon, for restoration of Louis XVIII
1813 1st US raw cotton-to-cloth mill founded in Waltham MA
1820 Cato Street conspiracy uncovered
1821 College of Apothecaries organized in Philadelphia; 1st US pharmacy college
1822 Boston is incorporated as a city
1836 Alamo besieged by Santa Anna; entire garrison eventually killed
1846 Polish revolutionaries march on Cracow, but are defeated
1847 Battle of Buena Vista, México; Zachary Taylor defeats Mexicans
1852 "H M S Birkenhead" sinks off South Africa killing 420 troops
1854 Great-Britain & Orange Free state sign Convention of Bloemfontein
1861 By popular referendum, Texas becomes 7th state to secede from US
1861 Dutch Premier Floris A van Hall resigns
1861 President-elect Lincoln arrives secretly in Washington DC to take office
1869 Louisiana governor signs public accommodations law
1870 Mississippi is re-admitted to US
1874 Major Walter Winfield patents game called "sphairistike" (lawn tennis)
1883 Alabama becomes 1st US state to enact an antitrust law
1883 American Anti-Vivisection Society organized (Philadelphia)
1886 Aluminum manufacturing process developed
1886 London Times publishes world's 1st classified ad
1886 Tsjaikovski's symphony "Manfred" premieres
1887 Congress grants Seal Rocks to San Francisco
1887 French/Italian Riviera struck by Earthquake; 2,000 die
1892 1st college student government established, Bryn Mawr PA
1894 Stanley Cup Montréal AAA's awarded cup by trustees as Ottawa refuses to travel to Toronto to play
1895 William Heard, AME minister & educator, named minister to Liberia
1895 Jaap Eden skates world record 10 km (17:56)
1896 Tootsie Roll introduced by Leo Hirshfield
1898 In France, Emile Zola is imprisoned for writing his "J'accuse" letter accusing government of anti-Semitism & wrongly jailing Alfred Dreyfus
1900 Steamer "Rio de Janeiro" sinks in San Francisco Bay
1900 Battle at Hart's Hill, South-Africa (Boers vs British army)
1903 Cuban state of Guantanamo leased to USA
1904 Control of Panama Canal Zone acquired by US for $10 million
1905 Rotary Club International established by 4 men in Chicago
1906 Tommy Burns beats Marvin Hart for heavyweight boxing champion in 20 rounds
1909 Russian tsar Nicolas II dissolves Finnish Diet
1910 1st radio contest held (Philadelphia)
1910 George Bernard Shaw's "Misalliance" premieres in London
1915 Germany sinks US ships Carib & Evelyn & torpedoes Norwegian ship Regin
1915 Nevada enforces convenient divorce law
1916 Congress authorizes McKinley Memorial $1 gold coin
1916 French artillery kills entire French 72nd division at Samogneux Verdun
1917 February revolution begins in Russia
1919 Benito Mussolini founds the Facist party of Italy
1921 1st US transcontinental air mail flight arrives in New York NY from San Francisco CA
1923 German Republic day with laws against worker
1923 Great Britain lowers import duty on German products from 26% to 5%
1927 President Coolidge creates Federal Radio Commission (FCC predecessor)
1934 Casey Stengel becomes manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers
1934 Coronation of King Leopold III of Belgium
1936 1st rocket air mail flight, Greenwood Lake NY
1938 Joe Louis KOs Nathan Mann in 3 for heavyweight boxing title
1939 Lou Thesz beats E Marshall in St Louis, to become wrestling champion
1940 Russian troops conquer Lasi Island
1940 Walt Disney's animated movie "Pinocchio", released
1942 Japanese sub fires on oil refinery in Ellwood CA
1943 General-Major Bradley arrives in Dakar & Marrakesh
1943 German troops pull back through Kasserine-pass Tunisia
1945 US Marines raise flag on Iwo Jima, famous photo & statue
1945 2nd Dutch government of Gerbrandy forms in London
1945 Canadian troops occupy Kalkar
1945 Operation Grenade General Simpson's 9th Army crosses Ruhr
1947 General Eisenhower opens drive to raise $170 million in aid for European Jews
1954 1st mass inoculation with Salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)
1954 Syrian army drives out President Adib el-Shishakli
1955 Edgar Faure forms French government
1956 20th Congress of CPSU closes in Moscow
1956 Russian party leader Khrushchev attacks memory of Stalin
1957 "Mr Wonderful" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 383 performances
1958 5-time world driving champion Juan Fangio kidnapped by Cuban rebels
1958 Last Municipal arc light, Mission & 25th removed (installed in 1913)
1958 Arturo Frondizi elected President of Argentina
1958 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1959 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open
1959 KVIE TV channel 6 in Sacramento-Stockton CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
1960 Demolition begins on Brooklyn's Ebbets Field (opened in 1913)
1962 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1964 Charlie Finley signs a 4 year lease to keep A's in Kansas City
1965 Constance Baker Motley elected Manhattan Borough president
1966 Aldo Moro forms Italian government
1966 Military coup in Syria ends Bitar government
1966 Premier Obote grabs power in Uganda
1967 25th amendment (Presidential succession) declared ratified
1967 John Herbert's "Fortune & Men's Eyes" premieres in New York NY
1967 Ted Workman replaces Senator Keith Davey as CFL commissioner
1967 US troops begin largest offensive of Vietnam War
1968 Wilt Chamberlain becomes 1st NBAer to score 25,000 points
1969 Nayif Hawatimah forms Democratic People's Front for Liberation of Palestine
1969 WWVU (now WNPB) TV channel 24 in Morgantown WV (PBS) 1st broadcast
1970 Guyana becomes a republic (National Day)
1970 Holy Eucharist given by women for 1st time in Roman Catholic service
1971 George Harrison is fined & his driving license is suspended for 1 year as a result of several speeding tickets and a dispute with the police
1971 Lieutenant Calley confesses & implicates Captain Medina
1971 Boston Bruins begin 13 NHL game win streak
1973 Gold goes up $10 overnight to record $95 an ounce in London
1974 Teri Garr appears on Bob Newhart Show in "Confessions of an Orth"
1975 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
1976 Owners announce spring training won't open without a labor contract
1978 20th Grammy Awards Hotel California, Fleetwood Mac, Debbie Boone win
1979 Frank Peterson Jr named 1st black general in Marine Corps
1979 George Harrison releases "George Harrison" album
1979 "Sarava" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 140 performances
1980 Eric Heiden wins all 5 speed skating golds at Lake Placid Olympics
1980 Oil tanker explosion off Pilos, Greece, causes 37-million-gallon spill
1980 13th Winter Olympics games close at Lake Placid NY
1980 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1981 People magazine features drug ordeal of Mackenzie & Papa John Phillips
1981 Spanish coup under Lieutenant-Colonel Antonio Tejero Molina fails
1982 Michael Frayn's "Noises Off" premieres in London
1983 USFL New Jersey Generals sign Heisman winner Herschel Walker (3 years-$5 million)
1983 25th Grammy Awards Rosanna, Toto IV, Men at Work win
1985 Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair during a game
1985 US Senate confirms Edwin Meese III as Attorney General
1986 Despite losing, Red Sox Wade Boggs gets largest arbitration ($1.35M)
1986 Mary Beth Zimmerman wins LPGA Standard Register/Samaritan Golf Classic
1986 Nelli Fiere-Cooman runs world record 60 meter indoor (7.00 seconds)
1987 Supernova 1987A in LMC 1st seen; 1st naked-eye supernova since 1604
1987 Dick Howser retires from managing Kansas City Royals, due to brain tumor
1987 Russian Writers Union accepts Boris Pasternak posthumous as member
1988 15th Winter Olympics games opens in Calgary, Alberta
1988 Chicago gives Cubs right to install lights & play up to 18 night games
1988 Yvonne van Gennip skates female record 3k (4:11.94)
1990 Ian Smith 173 New Zealand vs India, 136 balls, world record for no 9 bat
1991 US insists Iraq publicly announce it is leaving Kuwait by 12 PM EST
1991 Greg Haugen scores a split decision over Hector "Macho" Camacho
1991 Military coup in Thailand, Premier Choonhaven arrested
1991 North Carolina is 1st NCAA basketball team to win 1,500 games
1991 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Orix Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
1992 16th Winter Olympics games close in Albertville, France
1992 Andy Flower scores 115 on ODI debut, Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka
1993 Gary Coleman wins $1,280,000 lawsuit against parents for high fees
1993 India complete a 3-0 series drubbing of England
1993 Sacramento Gold Miners admitted as CFL's 9th franchise (1st US team)
1994 Indians owner Richard Jacobs announces he will pay $10 million to name baseball field (Jacobs Field) at Gateway (becomes official 3/23)
1995 "Uncle Vanya" opens at Circle in Square Theater NYC for 29 performances
1995 Antoine Nduwayo appointed Premier of Burundi
1995 Dow Jones closes above 4,000 for 1st time (4,003.33)
1996 Mark Waugh scores 130 in World Cup vs Kenya, 207 w/brother Steve
1996 Rajindra Dhanraj takes 9-97 for Trinidad against Leeward Islands
1997 Ali Abu Kamal opens fire in Empire State Building & kills 1
1997 American Express Senior Golf Invitational
1997 Jeff Sluman wins Tucson Golf Classic
1997 NBC TV shows "Schindler's List", completely uncensored, 65 million watch
1997 Scientists in Scotland announced they succeeded in cloning an adult mammal, producing a lamb named "Dolly"
1997 Tucson Chrysler Golf Classic
1998 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charleston SC on WAVF 96.1 FM
1998 Supreme Court lets Megan's Law stand
1998 Tornadoes in Florida kills at least 31

Note: Some Holidays are only applicable on a given "day of the week"

Brunei : National Day
Guyana : Republic Day (1970)
US : Iwo Jima Day (1945)
World : Brotherhood Day (1934) - - - - - ( Sunday )

Religious Observances
Ancient Rome : Terminalia; festival of Terminus, god of boundaries
Anglican, Lutheran, Roman Catholic : Memorial of St Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, martyr
old Roman Catholic : Feast of St Peter Damian, bishop of Ostia/confessor/doctor (2/2)
Lutheran : Commemoration of Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg, missionary

Religious History
155 Martyrdom of Polycarp, an early Church Father who was a disciple of the Apostle John. Arrested at age 86, Polycarp was burned at the stake for refusing to deny the Christian faith.
1744 Colonial missionary to the American Indians David Brainerd wrote in his journal: 'There is a God in heaven who over-rules all things for the best; and this is the comfort of my soul.'
1775 Anglican hymnwriter John Newton wrote in a letter: 'How great and honorable is the privilege of a true believer! That he has neither wisdom nor strength in himself is no disadvantage, for he is connected with infinite wisdom and almighty power.
1834 Scottish clergyman Robert Murray McCheyne wrote in his journal: 'Rose early to seek God and found Him whom my soul loveth. Who would not rise early to meet such company?'
1970 The Holy Eucharist was distributed by women for the first time in a Roman Catholic service.

Thought for the day :
" Love is sentimental measles. "
8 posted on 02/23/2003 7:17:09 AM PST by Valin (Age and Deceit, beat youth and skill)
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To: Valin
Morning Valin, thanks for opening the Foxhole today.

1916 French artillery kills entire French 72nd division at Samogneux Verdun Oops! Sorry guys we we trying to surrender but we screwed up.

9 posted on 02/23/2003 7:21:56 AM PST by SAMWolf (To look into the eyes of the wolf is to see your soul)
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To: SAMWolf
PHOTOS from! St Paul, MN: Col. Joe Repya distributes 5,000 "Liberate Iraq" Signs!

Check it out.
10 posted on 02/23/2003 7:37:01 AM PST by Valin (Age and Deceit, beat youth and skill)
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To: SAMWolf
Good Morning ALL..I've been visiting our Grandson Matt who is 16 months old for the past couple of days.

Today's graphic

11 posted on 02/23/2003 7:39:08 AM PST by GailA (stop PAROLING killers Throw Away the Keys
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To: Valin
Thanks Valin. Great job Col. Repya is doing. I like his reasoning too.
12 posted on 02/23/2003 8:09:05 AM PST by SAMWolf (To look into the eyes of the wolf is to see your soul)
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To: GailA
Morning GailA. We missed you, good to see you back.

Why do I get the feeling Matt was getting spoiled?
13 posted on 02/23/2003 8:10:27 AM PST by SAMWolf (To look into the eyes of the wolf is to see your soul)
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To: coteblanche
Good Morning Cote.

Thank God we've always had men like Dale Yee.
15 posted on 02/23/2003 8:25:07 AM PST by SAMWolf (To look into the eyes of the wolf is to see your soul)
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To: coteblanche
I believe Free Countrys will always produce men like this.
17 posted on 02/23/2003 8:42:14 AM PST by SAMWolf (To look into the eyes of the wolf is to see your soul)
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To: SAMWolf
Because he is MY only grand child???? I did pop him one on the leg for having a temper tantrum. Granny is a push over to be sure, but won't tolerate tantrums. We get to see him about every 3 months. This time was longer though. We took him his Christmas, which we missed due to our now former DIL. She walked out on our son 3 days before Christmas, for a lover and her Crank. Our son filed for divorce which will be final March 10.
18 posted on 02/23/2003 11:35:31 AM PST by GailA (stop PAROLING killers Throw Away the Keys
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To: GailA
Sorry to hear about your son's problems. I hope he can get the divorce worked out and gets to keep Matt.
19 posted on 02/23/2003 11:57:44 AM PST by SAMWolf (To look into the eyes of the wolf is to see your soul)
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To: SAMWolf
The divorce will be final 3/10. James gets Matt 3 days a week, she gets him 4. She got the medical bills and insurance for Matt. James will pay $75 per week child support..and she has to ACCOUNT for how she spends the money on Matt. That last is apparently Indiana law, it puts some stops to her using the child support on her Crank or her partying.
20 posted on 02/23/2003 1:34:44 PM PST by GailA (stop PAROLING killers Throw Away the Keys
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To: GailA
I'll keep them all in my prayers, that they get through these tough times and that things work out for them.
21 posted on 02/23/2003 1:50:22 PM PST by SAMWolf (To look into the eyes of the wolf is to see your soul)
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To: SAMWolf
9 members of 1 Tennessee family on active duty click here
22 posted on 02/23/2003 1:51:10 PM PST by GailA (stop PAROLING killers Throw Away the Keys
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To: AntiJen; MistyCA; The Real Deal; Victoria Delsoul
The Miracle of Los Banos

IRONTON -- When World War II started, the Rev. R. Thomas Bousman found himself on the wrong side of the world.

Bousman -- a grandson of the Rev. R.T. Stimmel, who pastored First United Methodist Church from 1924 to ’26 -- was the 13-year-old son of missionary parents serving in the Philippines. On Jan. 5, 1942, the Japanese imprisoned him and most of his family in an internment camp at Santo Tomás, and in July 1944, they were transferred to a similar facility at Los Baños, on the grounds of the former University of the Philippines Agricultural School on Leguna de Bay about 40 miles southeast of Manila.

Bousman, pastoral associate of Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church in Palm Desert, Ariz., speaks during the Methodist congregation’s homecoming service Sunday morning. He -- and Gen. Douglas MacArthur, the U.S. commander in the Philippines -- have referred to the liberation of his family and 2,141 other civilian internees on Feb. 23, 1945, as "the Miracle of Los Baños."

"It sounds like this fellow will have a tremendous story to tell," says the Rev. Wayne Young, pastor.

The internees were about to line up for roll call at 7 that morning 56 years ago when they heard the roar of nine Douglas C-47’s zooming in over the coconut and palm trees about 500 feet. About 150 paratroopers from the 11th Airborne Division jumped from that dangerously low altitude, which was the signal for a group of Filipino guerrillas to bust into the camp and overpower Japanese guards and the nearby enemy garrison.

"We ran back into the barracks," Bousman recalls "We lay on the dirt floor and pulled our so-called mattresses on top of us."

The fighting lasted less than an hour. It had occurred at precisely the right time -- the Japanese guard was changing, and most of those off duty had come outside without weapons for morning calisthenics.

"Rushing around to welcome our U.S. rescuers, we were ordered to leave our barracks at once, taking nothing but a few personal items," he says. "We went. As each barracks was emptied, it was set afire by our own soldiers."

Why so many fires?

Sam McGowan wrote in the January 1998 issue of World War II magazine that the freed internees were so ecstatic, they were in no mood to fall into a formation and depart in any organized way.

"Burgess observed that the internees seemed to be drifting in advance of fires that had been started in some of the barracks during the raid, so he ordered his men to set fire to the camp in such a manner that the fires would lead the internees in the direction of the main gate," McGowan wrote.

The Bousmans walked down the road, rejoicing with other former internees. Soon, they were ordered to board one of 54 "amtracs" -- military jargon for amphibious tractors -- dispatched for the operation from the 672nd Amphibian Tractor Battalion.

"We climbed in, managing to stay together as a family in the crush of a happy crowd," Bousman says. "Immediately, the amtracs took off, taking us down the main highway, past the railroad station and (at the village of San Antonio) out into the lake itself. When we reached the beach, we kept right on going."

Japanese soldiers on shore kept firing at the strange parade, and the amtracs’ machine guns answered and U.S. aircraft provided cover as they scooted across the water to Mamatid.

"That was our rescue," Bousman says. "Unable to get through the Japanese lines, our forces had gone around them on the lake, picked us up, and carried us across an arm of the lake to safety."

The original plan had called for a task force from the 188th Glider Regiment to fight their way down Highway 1 and evacuate the internees overland to Manila. The amtracs were supposed to deliver the bulk of the paratrooper battalion and return to Mamatid empty. But Major Henry Burgess, commander of the 11th Airborne’s 1st Paratrooper Battalion, knew that thousands of Japanese troops were within striking distance of his location; and he could tell from the sound of firing that the task force was at least three hours away, altered the plan on the spot.

The evacuation required two trips across the lake, with the last amtrac departing the hostile shore at 3 p.m.

"At the end of the journey, we found freedom and food," Bousman says. "Our rehabilitation and relocation center was housed in the New Bilibid Prison at Muntinglupa, where we recuperated for six weeks before we were in physically fit condition for the long voyage home by troop transport."

The former internees were malnourished because the camp’s second-in-command, Warrant Officer Sadaaki Konishi, routinely withheld food from them. When the paratroopers found them, many were starving and barely weighed 100 pounds.

Bousman has managed to stay in touch with some of the paratroopers who jumped in to rescue him, as well as some of the personnel on the amtrac he rode.

"I have returned twice to the Philippines, and, of course, to Los Baños, to recall with thanksgiving that spectacular military achievement and to express the prayer and hope that the peoples of this world will learn to live together in peace and harmony, where there is freedom for all, and where no one ever need be afraid to speak out for social justice."

Bousman says the liberation never received much press coverage because the U.S. Marines hoisted the American flag on Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi -- the occasion of the most reproduced photo in history -- the same day.


23 posted on 02/23/2003 1:51:46 PM PST by SAMWolf (To look into the eyes of the wolf is to see your soul)
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Fort Hood soldier dies after being shot in training exercise

A Fort Hood soldier has died after being shot in the back during a training exercise at a Fort Hood rifle range. Military authorities are investigating.

Sgt. Benjamin Franklin Moore II, 25, from Hamilton, Ohio, was shot while conducting M-16 night fire training at about 8:30 p.m. Friday. Moore, assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division's 1-9 Cav, was transported by air to Fort Hood's Darnell Army Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:08 p.m. Friday, according to Maj. Vic Harris.

Harris said initial reports indicate that while Moore was engaging targets, an accidental discharge of an M16 rifle by another soldier in a subsequent firing order struck Moore in the back.

Moore is survived by his wife and a 4-month-old daughter, who live in Killeen.

Sgt. Benjamin Franklin Moore

24 posted on 02/23/2003 2:12:31 PM PST by SAMWolf (To look into the eyes of the wolf is to see your soul)
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To: SAMWolf; AntiJen; MistyCA; SpookBrat; SassyMom; All

25 posted on 02/23/2003 3:35:31 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: coteblanche; bentfeather
I've only got a moment, but I wanted to thank your country for helping Americans get out of Iran in 1980. I was 12 at the time so I didn't know a lot of the facts. I was engrossed in a TV show all afternoon about what the Canadians did to help us. It was very interesting. So much to learn, so little time.


26 posted on 02/23/2003 3:41:37 PM PST by SpookBrat
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Thanks for the ping dear. I'll be back in a bit to read the thread. It snuck by me today. The kids and I are sick (again). Imagine that. Are we ever healthy? Stress is hard on the immune system I'm thinking.
27 posted on 02/23/2003 3:42:49 PM PST by SpookBrat
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Afternoon Victoria. Enjoying what's left of the weekend?
28 posted on 02/23/2003 3:43:28 PM PST by SAMWolf (To look into the eyes of the wolf is to see your soul)
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To: SpookBrat
Hi Spooky. Sorry to hear you and your kids don't feel well. Hope you guys get well soon.

Miss ya.

29 posted on 02/23/2003 3:53:50 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: SAMWolf
Hi Sam. Yes, busy day as well. So I gotta run again, LOL.

Be back later.

30 posted on 02/23/2003 3:55:18 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul
A busy weekend day is still better than a slow day at work. See you later this evening.
32 posted on 02/23/2003 4:45:11 PM PST by SAMWolf (To look into the eyes of the wolf is to see your soul)
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To: Warrior Nurse; JAWs; DryLandSailor; NikkiUSA; OneLoyalAmerican; Tester; U S Army EOD; sonsa; ...
Foxhole ping!

To be removed from this list, send me a blank private reply with "REMOVE" in the subject line. Thanks! Jen
33 posted on 02/23/2003 4:51:11 PM PST by Jen (The FReeper Foxhole - I can dig it!!!)
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To: AntiJen
Afternoon Jen.
34 posted on 02/23/2003 4:54:21 PM PST by SAMWolf (To look into the eyes of the wolf is to see your soul)
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To: coteblanche
Excellent. Thank you so much. I will certainly read about Ken Taylor. They were all very brave during the whole episode.
35 posted on 02/23/2003 4:59:59 PM PST by SpookBrat
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To: AntiJen
Howdy ma'am...remove MUD from yer pinglist at yer own peril...MUD
36 posted on 02/23/2003 5:11:21 PM PST by Mudboy Slim (The A.N.S.W.E.R., my FRiends...The DemonRATS Enslave!!!)
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To: SAMWolf; AntiJen
The Enemy is now Within...

and always has been.

.."IS it SAFE?" = HILLARY on Armed Services Committee..
37 posted on 02/23/2003 5:13:17 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965
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To: SAMWolf
Hey Sam! Sorry I'm so late. I haven't felt well this week - a 'fibro flare'. Ick!
38 posted on 02/23/2003 5:16:05 PM PST by Jen (The FReeper Foxhole - I can dig it!!! (But I'll ache for weeks!))
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To: AntiJen
Sorry to hear you're not feeling well. I sure hope you get better quick.
39 posted on 02/23/2003 5:17:31 PM PST by SAMWolf (To look into the eyes of the wolf is to see your soul)
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To: Mudboy Slim
Remove you? No way! A MUD-boy must be on the Foxhole ping list. hehehehe

Good to see you. Any new songs for us?
40 posted on 02/23/2003 5:21:43 PM PST by Jen (The FReeper Foxhole - I can dig it!!! (But I'll ache for weeks!))
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To: SAMWolf; SpookBrat
Thanks Sam. Such is life with fibromyalgia. Spookie has it too.
41 posted on 02/23/2003 5:22:44 PM PST by Jen (The FReeper Foxhole - I can dig it!!! (But I'll ache for weeks!))
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HILLARY on Armed Services Committee..

That is so scary!

Good to see you Ronnie and bless you for serving our country.

42 posted on 02/23/2003 5:24:03 PM PST by Jen (The FReeper Foxhole - I can dig it!!! (But I'll ache for weeks!))
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To: AntiJen
Sniff...indeed. Stinking up the house with Bengay as I speak. I need your Jenie thing......come see me. :) (((Hugs)))
43 posted on 02/23/2003 5:24:18 PM PST by SpookBrat
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To: AntiJen
44 posted on 02/23/2003 5:55:11 PM PST by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: TheRedSoxWinThePennant
Hi RedSox! Thanks for the bump for the Foxhole.
45 posted on 02/23/2003 6:03:11 PM PST by Jen (Go Braves! ;-))
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To: Valin
1945 US Marines raise flag on Iwo Jima, famous photo & statue

46 posted on 02/23/2003 6:11:26 PM PST by Jen (Still Aiming High!)
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To: AntiJen
The Santo Tomas/Los Baños Navy Nurses

On the eve of Pearl Harbor, twelve Navy nurses were serving at the Cañacao Naval Hospital, in the Philippines. When the Japanese first bombed the airfields around Manila and afterward destroyed the Cavite Navy Yard on December 10, 1941, these women not only had ringside seats, but got a firsthand taste of the horror of modern war. As the Japanese onslaught continued unabated, eleven of the nurses (one escaped) became prisoners of war shortly after the American and Filipino resistance ended in Manila.

Chief nurse Laura Cobb and her ten subordinates spent the next three years in captivity. First at Santa Tomas, a college campus in Manila, and later at Los Baños, at the site of the University of the Philippines agricultural college. The camp at Los Baños, was located about 35 miles south of Manila, near the shore of Laguna de Bay, a large lake. The nurses and all the internees including a three day old baby (for a total of 2,147) were liberated in a dramatic rescue on February 23, 1945.

Dr. Tom McLaughlin, a former Navy physician and cardio-thoracic surgeon, first became aware of the Navy nurse POWs while he was researching his father's wartime service. He was not only taken with the haunting images of these women preserved in photographs, but also with their heroic story. Each survived her captivity because, as Navy nurses, each had a purpose--caring for their patients. Regardless of the circumstances, they ran their prison hospital as a U.S. Navy hospital, even though they were forced to practice their healing art under armed guard and behind barbed wire. Their dedication to duty enabled every one of them to come home with dignity.

The following is a roster of the 11 Navy nurses

Chief nurse, Laura Mae Cobb, Wichita, Kansas
Mary F. Chapman, Chicago, Illinois
Bertha R. Evans, Portland, Oregon
Helen C. Gorzelanski, Omaha, Nebraska
Mary Rose Harrington, Elk Point, South Dakota
Margaret "Peg" A. Nash, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Goldia "Goldie" A. O'Haver, Hayfield, Minnesota
Eldene E. Paige, Lomita, California
Susie J. Pitcher, Des Moines, Iowa
Dorothy Still, Long Beach, California
Edwina Todd, Pomona, California

Note: Two civilian nurses were imprisoned along with the Navy nurses.
Helen G. Grant, a Scottish nurse
Basilia Torres Steward, wife of an American

From a photo taken by Japanese guard. Santo Tomas & Los Baños were civilian internment camps, except for a few hiding service men.

Nurse Peggy Nash

A Japanese guard was obsessed with her & took this photo without her knowledge. The photo was later published, and that was when her family learned she was alive.

47 posted on 02/23/2003 6:36:07 PM PST by SAMWolf (To look into the eyes of the wolf is to see your soul)
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To: AntiJen; Victoria Delsoul; SpookBrat

"Found worms in my oatmeal this morning. I shouldn't have objected because they had been sterilized in the cooking and I was getting fresh meat with my breakfast.... I'm still losing weight and so are most of us..."

Ruth Marie Straub, an Army nurse, wrote those words in her diary on March 15, 1942, just over three months after the Japanese first bombed the U.S. military base in Manila. She and her colleagues had evacuated the city and established, in the Philippine jungle, hospitals for the skyrocketing numbers of casualties. In the face of the advancing Japanese Army, the nurses and other military personnel continued to retreat, first to the Bataan Peninsula, and then to Corregidor, a rocky island in Manila Bay. Straub was one of the lucky ones; she was evacuated with a handful of other nurses in April 1942. Her remaining colleagues, meanwhile, surrendered with the rest of the U.S. forces in May and were taken to STIC--Santo Tomas Internment Camp, where they were to spend nearly three years in captivity.

We Band of Angels tells the stories of these courageous women, tagged by the American media as "The Angels of Bataan and Corregidor." Utilizing a wide range of sources, including diaries, letters, and personal interviews with surviving "Angels," Elizabeth M. Norman has compiled a harrowing narrative about the experiences of these women--from the country-club atmosphere of prewar Manila; to the jungle hospitals where patients slept on bamboo cots in the open air; to the Malinta Tunnel on Corregidor, where they choked on dust and worked while the bombs rained down above them; to the STIC, where per-person rations were cut to 900 calories a day and the women resorted to frying weeds in cold cream for food. The story Nelson tells is compelling but slightly flawed: like many biographers, Nelson has a deep affection and respect for her subjects, which causes her to soften rough edges. At the same time, however, Nelson argues that these women were not heroes--nor were they angels (in the acknowledgments, Nelson notes that she didn't want the word angels in the title, but the publishers had their way). Perhaps because Nelson is a nurse herself, she is trying to stress that her profession is noble and that these women were, in a sense, just fulfilling their duties.

Nursing is noble, of course, but it is clear that these women were something special. Amazingly, all of the Angels of Bataan, some 99 in number, survived their ordeal--and clearly helped hundreds of the other sufferers survive. We Band of Angels deserves a space on the bookshelves of anyone interested in World War II. --C.B. Delaney

48 posted on 02/23/2003 6:41:02 PM PST by SAMWolf (To look into the eyes of the wolf is to see your soul)
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Nursing is noble, of course, but it is clear that these women were something special.

Agreed. Good post!

49 posted on 02/23/2003 6:50:15 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: AntiJen
Jen, I hope you get to feeling better soon. Another great thread today.
50 posted on 02/23/2003 7:03:17 PM PST by The Real Deal
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