These are the beginning paragraphs in the above URL:
I was looking at the website of a book we just bought. It is “Father Found” by Captain Duane Heisinger. I thought I would share some of the information found on the site.
For some reason this man and his story are very much affecting my thoughts tonight. What better way to deal with it than to share with you all, whom I am sure have experienced these same emotions at times. I find the poem that Captain Heisinger wrote, which is printed at the bottom of the Author's Note to be very poignant.
About the Author Duane Heisinger, the oldest of three sons of Grace and Lawrence Heisinger, was born in 1930 and raised in Fresno, California. After two years at Fresno State College and a year in the U.S. Air Force, Duane entered the U.S. Naval Academy graduating an Ensign in 1956. He served 30 years in the Navy retiring a Navy Captain. His assignments were primarily at sea including two ship commands, three combat tours in Vietnam, and over eleven years in overseas intelligence assignments including three years as the Defense Attaché, London. In recent years he has been engaged in research covering the life and death of his father as a POW of the Japanese in the Philippines, WWII.
Duane passed away in May of 2006 after a year long bout with lung cancer. As a last tribute to his father and all the other WWII POWs of the Japanese, he was able to lead a tour to the Philippines and dedicate the Hellships Memorial in Subic Bay in January, 2006. He is survived by his wife, Judith, three married daughters, ten grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Note from Karl to pdh54: “thank you for your kind words in the above URL.”
Post by Karl Welteke on Sept 19, 2014 16:26:09 GMT 8
DUANE HEISINGER, 2006 IMAGES
Duane Heisinger was perhaps the principal player in establishing the Hell Ships Monument in Subic Bay. He teamed up with Randy Anderson who is also a retired Naval Officer and who is residing here in the Philippines.
The Hell Ships Memorial was built in front of the former Subic Bay Naval Base Head Quarter (HQ) which is now also the HQ of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ).
In 2006-01-22 all their efforts came to fruition. At the dedication of the Hell Ships Memorial Duane Heisinger delivered the Dedication Message and Randy Anderson was the Master of Ceremony (Emcee).
It is so unfortunately that Capt Heisinger died a few months later.
I was present and established this album about the Hell Ships Memorial Dedication with 50 images: tinyurl.com/molgbuu
Here are 2 pictures of Duane Heisinger and two of Randy Anderson. Randy Anderson wrote the Hell Ships Write-up on those 4 marble panels at the Memorial.
Y82---that is Duane Heisinger, talking to that lady, during the Hell Ships Memorial Dedication 2006-01-22 at the waterfront in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone and the former Naval Base.
Y83---and at right is Randy Anderson, a retired Naval Officer who teamed up with Duane Heisinger to get this Hell Ships Memorial built. The FAME Organization in Manila also helped with many of coordinating function and managing the donation account.
Left is Bob Chester who designed the Hell Ships Memorial. He is retired Navy Chief Petty Officer and we often see each other at the Subic Bay VFW.
The person in the middle coordinated and supervised the construction of the Hell Ships Memorial. He is Bill Hamby, I remember him from SRF 1989-90, and he was in Security.
Y84---the dedication program for the Hell Ships Memorial on 2006-01-22 in Subic Bay, in front of the former Naval Base Head Quarter and now also the HQ of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
Y85---after the dedication everybody had a closer look at the memorial. Duane Heisinger stands in the middle and has his hat in left hand at his side.
Post by Karl Welteke on Oct 11, 2017 9:05:11 GMT 8
Oryoku Maru picture is reposted!
This picture was posted by dmether (Dave Metherell) on the 3rd July 2014 in this thread. Then this year it was blocked by Photobucket because they changed their terms.
Za290. Oryoku Maru attacked at Subic Bay from David Metherell
David Metherell posted this picture in this thread on the 3rd July 2014 It was blocked by Photobucket. It is now stored in Karl’s web page server.
This picture shows the Oryoku Maru attacked by US air planes in Dec. 1944 in the Olongapo Port. This ship with about 1600 U.S. POW's on board was one of the most tragic Hell Ships and very few POW s survived their cruel and inhumane ordeal in Japanese hands!
This is one of the more important WWII images and is not only reposted at the original reply but I post it here again. It symbolizes the tragic WWII and the role Subic Bay and Olongapo played in the conflict.
What is FAME? The Filipino-American Memorial Endowment Incorporated (FAME) is a non-stock, non-profit foundation established in the Philippines and the United States by business executives and veterans. Founded in 1986 under the auspices of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc. FAME, Inc is solely supported by donations with an all-volunteer Board and Advisory Councils.
Whatever you do, don't forget to mention the indefatigable Bob Hudson who, together with his lovely wife Rosalie, are the REAL PEOPLE who maintain the Death March Markers, and who from time to time must clash with the careless workers (another description had crossed my mind, but this is a G-Rated Forum) of the Department of Public Works and Highways, who all too regularly damage them.
Some of these Ladies and Gentlemen, I know or have met, some I met just very briefly.
Za312. US Ambassador Sung Y. Kim
US Ambassador Sung Y. Kim is relative new to the Philippines and of course; he represents our country here in the Philippines. This picture was shot on Corregidor during the 75th Anniversary Commemoration of the surrender of Corregidor
Za313. Lt. Col. Artemio Matibag
Col. Artemio Matibag is also the Executive Director and Trustee of the Corregidor Foundation Inc. I have met him many times on my many visits to Corregidor. He has run the affairs of Corregidor for many years.
Helpful to visitors to Corregidor must be his motto; that has been my personal experience with him when approaching him.
What was news to me that his CFI maintenance crews actually construct the Death March Markers and placed them into their locations.
This picture was also shot on Corregidor during the 75th Anniversary Commemoration of the surrender of Corregidor. Lt. Col. Artemio Matibag is the middle person of the three gentlemen in white shirts.
Za314. Leslie Ann Murray Managing Editor of the AMCHAM
Leslie Ann Murray is right in this picture and Marcia Kwiecinski is the left in the picture. This picture came from a blog page of Steve and Marcia Kwiecinski, in their Thank You Page when departing Corregidor after staying and doing research work on Corregidor for 6 ½ years. They said this about Leslie: We've known Leslie Murray since before we moved to the Philippines in 2008. Leslie made our life easier by always being available to direct us to whatever or whomever we needed. She was a child POW interned at Santo Tomas University with her parents. We stayed often with Leslie and her late husband Brian before Brian became ill. Leslie is very important to the Filipino American Memorial Endowment (FAME).
The Filipino-American Memorial Endowment, Inc. is an Affiliate of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc. and I have the feeling that Leslie is doing much of the doing and shaking in her office.
Za215. Bob Hudson descended of a Death March Survivor.
This is Bob Hudson and his lovely wife Rosalie at Death March Marker #24 in Limay Bataan which he had moved and reset because it had been put at a bad location.
Bob Hudson is the son of Tech. Sgt Richard C. Hudson who worked at the Quartermaster Depot, Post of Manila at the start of WWII. Bob maintains this Blog page about his father and his sister he never seen. It is tragic Story:
Bob has been active in the history of the Veterans of WWII in the Philippines because of his father. He has collected tons of list of the WWII POWs etc. Much of it is published at different websites like this forum.
He is a very active participant in the Facebook Page of the Bataan Museum WWII Museum in Balanga; this is the URL:
Most important he wanted to get involved with the maintenance of the Death March Markers. When he contacted FAME he found out that they don’t have employees or money, they are totally dependent on donations and there is never enough.
So he asked FAME if he does the work can they provide paint. And that is what is happening right now. His wife Rosalie and he have just about cleaned and repainted all of the Death March Markers and repaired a few of damaged sponsor plaques on them.
They elected him to be the Vice President of Fame but what they really need is money.
He is most knowledgeable about the POWs from the Philippine Theater of War II and sometime speaks to community groups about the history of the Filipino and US POWs from the Philippines.
Tennis Court of the Oryoku Maru POWs in the Olongapo Naval Station 1944. The Fort Wint forum thread in our Corregidor Rorum has several pages that discuss the location of the tennis court. The member Chadhill really has done some great contributions with telling pictures! This thread has now 8 pages and substantial coverage of the tennis court start at this page 5: corregidor.proboards.com/thread/987/fort-wint-subic-bay?page=5
An album of the Hell Ship Montevideo Maru Plaque Unveiling Ceremony took place on 1st July 2009 at the Hellships Memorial in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, the former US Naval Base. I was able to attend and shot these 35 images:
Post by Karl Welteke on Oct 19, 2017 16:29:32 GMT 8
Dr. Ricardo Jose is another FAME Trustee whom I know fairly well.
Dr. Ricardo Jose must be the foremost historian in the country and is the Filipino history scholar and professor. He is often the guest speaker at historical anniversary events or the news services seek him out for comments. So I saw him often at these events or on TV.
I know Dr. Jose personally and we actually joint up in some historical exploring trips.
Za328. Dr Ricardo Jose in the Fort Bonifacio Tunnel 2012-07-24
In the north section is a small ceiling collapse and this is where Professor Jose is interviewed by Historic Documentary Film Producer Lucky Guillermo with a video camera.
This is in the Fort Bonifacio Tunnel, formerly the Fort McKinley when we explored it together. Picture credit: Mr. LEO D. DOMINGUEZ.
A group of Filipinos, called the Tunnel Rats, historians and armchair historians arranged with the Philippine Army History Department and the Management of Bonifacio Global City (BGC) access to the former ex Ft. McKinley tunnels. BGC also provided logistic support. These images are from Businessman Leo D. Dominguez who shot these pictures with his camera. Since someone else took these pictures; I’m on a few of those images. Leo gave me permission to use the images in this forum.
Za329. Dr Ricardo Jose with his Tunnel Rat friends near McKinley Road 2012-11-13.
We got together to explore another tunnel under the ex Fort Bonifacio, the former Fort McKinley. Photo Credit: Dr. Ricardo Jose.
Za330. Dr Ricardo Jose, Lucky Guillermo, friends in the Molawe Tunnel 2012-11-13.
This is another large concrete lined tunnel under the ex Fort Bonifacio, the former Fort McKinley. It is now located in a high end residential subdivision and on/under private property. We called this tunnel the Molawe Tunnel.
Za331. Dr Ricardo Jose on Corregidor Topside 2017-05-06.
Dr. Ricardo Jose was a guest at the 75th Anniversary Commemoration to remember the Fall of Corregidor and all the Philippines. I caught him in the act of shooting (a picture) the USMC Osprey aircraft landing on the Topside Parade Ground on Corregidor, 2017-05-06.
Two wreaths were laid by US Ambassador Thomas C. Hubbard and Mrs. Beth Day Romulo: one on the Camp O'Donnell Monument and the other on the Filipino Monument, right beside the American Monument. Mrs Beth Day Romulo is married to the famous Filipino Personality General Carlos Romulo. She is also an accomplished writer. She is the president of the Corregidor Foundation Inc.
Col. Edwin P. Ramsey
Za334. Col. Edwin P. Ramsey , from the title page of his book.
We all know about and admire him, leader of the last U.S. Cavalry Charge, right here in the Philippines, an important Guerrilla Leader in Central Luzon. After the war he became a business man and helped establish FAME.
Mr. James Litton
Za335. James Litton
Mr. James Litton was an eye witness to the war in Manila as a child. Somewhere in the net is his written experience. I saw him in most historical events and anniversaries like here at the dedication of the Hellships/Hell Ships Memorial in Subic on the 22nd of Jan 2006. Next to him is the well known historian Dr Ricardo Jose. In the Battling Bastards of Bataan www pages I read he was the most important in-country representative in getting the Camp O’Donnell Monument established, maybe without him it would not have happened.
Captain Dennis Wright USN (ret)
Za336. Captain Dennis Wright USN (ret), last but not least is another person of the FAME Personalities who I know and have met. I know this about him, he is: President and Founder, Peregrine Development International; one of the Founding Board Directors of the US Philippine Society; Chairman of the Clark Veterans Cemetery Restoration Association; President of the Central Luzon Chamber of Commerce; and Advisory Council, Filipino American Memorial Endowment.
He wrote me this: “And I guess, like you, I am an amateur American-Philippine Military Historian.
He was perhaps the main player in getting back the Bauang Church Bell last year from the U.S. Military Academy West Point last year. I will be reporting about that event very soon.
I believe he was also one of the very important doers and shakers in getting the U. S. Government to assume responsibility for the Clark Cemetery.
Artem: I use to work in that shipyard. Heard of D. Cleland through my uncles who were previous generations that worked there. Saw a photo or two of D.Cleland in the shipyard library. If my memory is correct I saw his grave out in the city's protestant cemetery.
May 11, 2020 8:24:25 GMT 8
faulkvi2: Hi! My name is Vickie. I am here to learn more about the Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor and to honor the life of my Uncle, Pvt Eugene Mott, who has not been returned to us after his death on the Oryoku Maru.
Jun 20, 2020 10:59:59 GMT 8
Gen. Gaudencio V. Vera : Brief Biography of Gen. Gaudencio V. Vera
Jul 31, 2020 10:26:06 GMT 8
Whitney Galbraith: In 2018 I self-published my father's WWII memoir (https://www.valleyoftheshadowpow.com) Col. Nicoll F. Galbraith, GSC, US Army, was a senior staff officer of Gen. Jonathan M. Wainwright during the Fall of the Philippines. I would enjoy conversation.
Aug 17, 2020 5:42:01 GMT 8
chadhill: Whitney: I was not aware of your book and just ordered it from Amazon. Can't wait to read it. Chad Hill.
Aug 17, 2020 12:42:24 GMT 8
RobH: Hello, I am looking for clarification on the how my Uncle John A. Holmes died at Corregidor. He was with the 3rd Battalion, G Company.
Sept 1, 2020 2:36:14 GMT 8
chadhill: RobH: Try messaging EXO or tmayer on this website. They have much info on individuals of the 503rd.
Sept 2, 2020 11:22:50 GMT 8
RobH: chadhill: My approval status is still pending, so it won't let me message them yet. Any idea how long that takes? Thanks.
Sept 3, 2020 5:33:10 GMT 8
chadhill: RobH, I think you're set now. You may have to make a brief intro of yourself on the guest board to prove to a monitoring system that you're not a spam robot, but try messaging them first.
Sept 3, 2020 6:49:56 GMT 8
chadhill: RobH: Be sure to login with a password, too (you probably already know that).
Sept 3, 2020 6:55:00 GMT 8
rob: chadhill: Thank you! I'm set up and have messaged EXO. Thank you again!
Sept 3, 2020 11:27:51 GMT 8
alalba: Hello.I'm looking for any information about where and how the US recruited Filipinos just after WWII, 1945-46 (Subic or Sangley).I'm writing a memoir for my Dad who was a guerrilla during WWII, joined the US Navy in Apr '46, and retired in 1971. Thanks
Sept 23, 2020 11:30:51 GMT 8
SteveG: My father, Alex Georgakas, was in the 503rd and is listed on the 2nd BT HQ list of participants in the Corregidor action. His service records make no mention of that action, nor did he receive the Presidential Unit Citation awarded to his group. Thoughts?
Nov 13, 2020 0:46:52 GMT 8
Eduardo P. Sayajon : Hello to all, my uncle Crescencio B. Sayajon served & was a member of the 26th Cavalry Regiment Philippine Scout during WW2 a letter of Appreciation was given but unfortunately it was destroyed. I would like to know where I could get a copy??
Nov 16, 2020 23:04:02 GMT 8
tmayer: Steve G, Did you ever talk to your Dad about his time in the service? Does his discharge list a Philippine Liberation Medal? Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with any bronze stars or an arrowhead?
Nov 19, 2020 8:26:25 GMT 8