Hey Chad....I may be getting myself into a bit of trouble posting this, but, viewing the Camp O'Donnell Cross, a thought crossed my mind that made me wonder if some of the PC folks, lurking these days, may find the Cross as being "offensive" and should be removed. Stranger things are occurring. Sometimes, I find myself grateful that I am getting very "long of tooth" and that my ashes will be scattered before I see this nation go to Hell in a Hand Basket.
Hey Dave....Yes, I am aware that the original is preserved at Andersonville. My point is that, so often these days, displaying of a Cross is "offensive" to some groups, or at least they claim this to be the case. Just sayin". Cheers.
I've read that as the US began closing its PI military bases in the early 1990s, the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor surveyed their membership about saving the original O'Donnell cross...and decided to leave it there to an unknown fate! As a result, a group of "rebel" members took it upon themselves to rescue the seven foot cross, and smuggled it out of the Philippines.
Post by Karl Welteke on Apr 18, 2014 10:53:16 GMT 8
NEW MOVIE REMEMBERING CAMP O’DONNEL AND THE CROSS RESCUER
Randy Olson, the son of Col. John Olson, is making a Movie about his father and Camp O'Donnell Cross. Here is the URL: www.40yearsthefilm.com/
This notification was sent by the webmaster of the Battling Bastards of Bataan. I captured two images from the above URL.
X259-- The Colonel after the war, he survived Camp O’Donnell, the Hell Ships and imprisonment in Imperial Japan.
X260-- The young Army Officer Olson with his Philippine Scout troops. He is a West Point graduate and was the guardian angel who rescued the 1942 Hallow Cross of Camp O’Donnell.
Its all in the above URL, here is a paste!
FIVE YEARS IN THE MAKING AND ALREADY SCREENED AT WEST POINT -- it is now time to put the finishing touches on the documentary film, "40 Years of Silence," which tells the story of the O'Donnell Cross that now resides at the National Prisoner of War Museum in Andersonville, Georgia.
A STORY FOR THE THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN AND FILIPINO TROOPS WHO ENDURED THE WORST ATROCITY EVER INFLICTED ON THE U.S. MILITARY -- told through the experience of the official record keeper at Camp O'Donnell, Colonel John E. Olson. THE FILMMAKER, Randy Olson is, is the son of Colonel Olson and a veteran filmmaker ("Flock of Dodos," Tribeca '06, Showtime '07, "Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy," Outfest '08).
THE TIMING IS NOW URGENT -- we are in the final stages for release this fall, simultaneous with the Hollywood movie version of the bestselling book, "Unbroken," which is certain to draw large scale attention to the plight of the POWs of the Japanese. We need your support. The more polished the final production, the larger the audience it will eventually reach.
A STORY OF PASSION -- it was Colonel John Olson's greatest passion -- that the story of O'Donnell never be forgotten. This movie will tell the story of O'Donnell in a way that will connect with the general public.
Post by Karl Welteke on Oct 15, 2014 20:38:03 GMT 8
THE CZECHS ARE REMEMBERED IN CAMP O’DONNEL
Czech WWII Marker
Part of the south section of the former Japanese POW Camp O’Donnell which was the area where the Filipino Soldiers were kept and died by the thousands was established as the Capas National Shrine by the Philippine Government.
It has many places of remembrance of the Camp O’Donnell Death Camp. The Philippine Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor (DBC Inc) established a special section for themselves and invited other organizations of WWII comrades in arms to place their markers there also.
The Battling Bastard of Bataan (BBB) established a Memorial there and between it and the Memorial of the DBC Inc stand several other markers including one for the Czechs who volunteered en mass for service in the defense of the Philippines in WWII.
Here are pictures of the location of that Czech Marker:
Y276. In the middle of this picture is the Philippine Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Memorial remembering the sacrifices in the Battle of Bataan and Corregidor. To the right of it are three markers remembering, from left to right, the Philippine Scouts, the many civilian who died or suffered in the battle zones and the Czech Nationals which volunteered en masse to fight alongside Philippine and US Armies against the advancing Japanese aggressors.
Y277. Three WWII markers are standing between the DBC Inc and the BBB Memorial. They remember from left to right, the Philippine Scouts, the many civilian and the Czech Nationals who which volunteered en masse to fight alongside Philippine and US Armies against the advancing Japanese aggressors.2013-12-17.
Y278. 2013-12-17. A look from the rear of the three WWII markers, left is the Battling Bastard of Bataan (BBB) Memorial. We also can see a memorial Hall nearby and the tall obelisk, the center piece of the Capas National Shrine.
Y279. 2013-12-17. A close-up Of the Czechoslovak Fallen Memorial.
If you want to look at all the 5 pictures and at a larger size, they are here in this URL at my Photobucket account: tinyurl.com/ml8j8ln
Karl, Just wanted to say Thank You for the time and effort you put into your posts. I, and everyone on this forum I'm sure, appreciate that you are preserving the continuation of the history of the area.
I hope you are able to continue this for MANY more years.
Post by Karl Welteke on Mar 15, 2018 15:34:22 GMT 8
POW Camp O’Donnell, very old pictures, 1967.
These pictures came from the Facebook page: Philippine-American WWII POW/MIA Research Group. Harry Larrabee Sr. is the contributor. He gave me permission to use them, thank you Harry!
He said this: Bob L and Dave M, I took these photos in 1967 while traveling from Clark Air Base to Camp O'Donnell. These photos were copied from 35mm slides, sorry for the lack of clarity due to the age of the photos and the type of camera I used.
About that photo, dmether said, "Thiis a shot of Camp O'Donnell on 11 July 1946. Not sure if this is were the POW camp was or was it the Camp O'Donnell nearby?"
I'd like to know if that could really be O'Donnell in 1946. BBB says the buildings that had housed prisoners were mostly burned down. Other photos show only a few scattered buildings remaining at that time. Also, this photo seems to show vegetation and terrain that look like they must belong somewhere else (e.g., the California desert).
My dad's memoirs seem to say he participated in bulldozing space for building at O'Donnell in spring 1946. I wouldn't think they would have rebuilt a bunch of barracks that were never used.
Note from Karl: I have doubts. The post WWII pictures I seen the grass was growing wildly among the graves!
ArmyAir Corp: looking for someone that has a copy of Tillman Rutledge's book "My Japanese POW Diary Story". He visited my Great Aunt Years back and we heard he may have mentioned my great Uncle George Thomas in the book. Can anyone help?
Jan 3, 2019 23:54:49 GMT 8
foxholefrank: About the tank buried under the house. once the loggers reached the 3 tanks at the pockets around 1953 they were hauled off for scrap. Believe me if a peso was to be made they did it. Every where I dug I was told Yamashitas gold was theresome undera house
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foxholefrank: I dug the big pocket back in 1996. The farming has ruined a lot of it. So much was picked up and hauled to the junk yard.I saw in 1998 12 inch Mortar shells from Corregidor at a junk yard.
Jan 10, 2019 2:11:06 GMT 8
Marine Niece: New to this. Not sure how it works. My uncle, James Shockman, Marine, was stationed on Caballo, on a 60 caliber anti-aircraft machine gun on 6 May 1942. Would that mean he was either on Fuger or Leach?
Jan 10, 2019 5:58:10 GMT 8
John Eakin: Shockman, James P., Pfc, USMC 275167 is mentioned in Xfile X3449 Manila #2. The dental charts of Unknowns X3451, X3452, X3447, X3448, X3449, X3450 were compared with his. Apparently, his remains were never identified.
Jan 17, 2019 5:22:33 GMT 8
John Eakin: You'll find more information on him by requesting his Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) from the Army Past Conflicts Repatriation Branch.
Jan 17, 2019 5:23:38 GMT 8
chadhill: Marine Niece: According to Haney in "Caged Dragons" chapter 5 two 50 caliber machine guns were set up near the beach off the east shore, which would place them near Batteries Fuger and Leach. F&L were 3" and 6" guns, however.
Jan 17, 2019 8:58:06 GMT 8
email@example.com: YES I AM INTERESTED IN WHAT I CAN DO TO HELP INENDENFY MY UNCLE THOMAS F. SWEENEY . HIS BROTHER HOWARD V. SWEENEY DID SEND IN A DNA SAMPLE. WE RECEIVED A LETTER FROM THE GOVERMENT IN FORT KNOX KY. 40122-5504 DEPT. 107 0N MAY 25;2017
Jan 21, 2019 8:34:43 GMT 8
Karl Welteke: Off to Corregidor tomorrow for 4 days and 3 nights, will not look at the internet.
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elainepeg: Thanks Chad!
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chadhill: ArmyAirCorp: Yes, Rutledge mentions meeting George Thomas from TN at Las Pinas Airfield 10/11/43. At end of book mentions he is dead (no details). There is no book index for me to check so your great uncle may be mentioned even more often.
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2WarAbnVet: As a teen, I met a member of the "Test Platoon". His name was Frank Kassell and my Mother had known him when he was stationed at the CC Camp (that became Lee State Park) during the depression. He was in HQ 503rd PIR and had made four combat jumps, two with
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2WarAbnVet: the 11th Airborne in the Pacific, and two with the 187th RCT in Korea. You can bet I was impressed. Later, when I was first stationed at the Airborne Board, I met another, John Ward, who had previously been the rigger Warrant in charge of the hangar at the
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Robert Cisneros: I am the nephew of Luz Cisneros who was captured in the fall of Corregidor. I am looking for a photo of Kindley Ridge where he was wounded as he tossed grenades at Japanese machine guns enabling American forces to regroup.
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