Obituaries

In alphabetical order
(other obituaries can be found along with biographies of the given name)

Dale, Dewey N.
Dewey Dale died on June 4, 2002, after a brief illness. Born December 1, 1920, he was 81.  Dale joined the U.S.M.C. in 1939, service # 275146 and retired as a Gunnery Sergeant (E-6) in 1959.
He was on Corregidor when it was surrendered May 6, 1942.
Dale was first sent to Bilibid Prison, Cabanatuan and then to Japan and Camp Fukuoka 17.

Credit: Quan, Aug./Sept. 2002

Edwards, Douglas
Douglas Edwards, 92, of Georgetown, died Thursday May 22, 2008 in Tuskegee, AL.
A native of Opp, AL, Mr. Edwards lived in Albany several years before moving to Georgetown in 1979 after retiring from Dougherty County Environmental Health, after a 27-year career. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and working in his garden and was of the Baptist faith.
Mr. Edwards served his country in the U. S. Army during WW II and was a survivor of the Bataan Death March and 42 months in a Japanese POW camp.
Survivors include his wife Daisy Sketo Edwards of Georgetown, a son, Arnold Edwards of Ft. Gaines, Two daughters, Gloria Jean Harrison and husband Jim of Kennesaw, GA, Glenda Strong and husband Bo of Suwanee , 3 grandchildren, Chalon Lea McCauley and husband Chuck of Powder Springs, Willis Walker III and wife Jennifer of Mt Pleasant, SC and Kristy Marie Edwards of Bascom, FL, 3 great-grandchildren, Jonathon Smith, Bascom, FL, Morgan Taylor McCauley of Powder Springs and Carson Walker of Mt Pleasant, sister-in-law Elizabeth Edwards of Columbus and a special family friend Linda Smith of Albany.
He was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Cora Edwards, brother Bishop Edwards and a sister Eleanor Edwards Granger.

Hannink, Harm

Harm Hannink, the second of nine children, was born to Thys and Ida Hannink on January 19, 1918 near Harrison SD and went to Glory August 27, 1989.  His youth was spend in South Dakota, and after living in Grangeville, ID for a year, he moved with his family to Ripon, CA in 1934.On September 7, 1939 he was sworn into the U.S. Army and in early 1940 was assigned to E Battery of the 59th Coast Guard Artillery Fort Drum as apart of the Philippine harbor defenses.  After World War II began and Corregidor fell to the Japanese on May 8, 1942, he was taken prisoner and his internment began.  "Through it all," he said, "I had that certain knowledge that my only comfort in life and death is Jesus Christ.  That made my life realistic."  This security strengthened him during the forty months spent in prison camps in the Philippines and Japan, Camp 17.  He was discharged in November, 1946.
 On June 6, 1952 he was married to Jennielavon Pranger.  One son, T. Harm, preceded him in death on January 23, 1960.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons: Lance, Brad, and Garrit; two daughters: Faith Moret and Hope Bertrand; four grandchildren; his father Thys Hannink of Ripon, five brothers, and two sisters. He was a charter member of the Modesto Christian Reformed Church, and for the past sixteen years a member of the First Christian Reformed Church of Ripon; a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion Post 190.
Most importantly, however, is the legacy he leaves in his family, not only as a loving husband and father, but as a highly patriotic, compassionate

Jones, Guy E.
Guy Jones was admitted to Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center in Loma Linda, Ca. on Feb. 15, 2002 and passed away February 25, 2002 after a long battle with bone cancer.
Born March 17, 1917,  in Long Beach, CA. Jones enlisted in Army Air Corps, Feb. 2, 1940.  He was assigned to 27th Material Sdn., Nichols Field and was in a field maintenance crew, under then Staff Sgt. James S. Tribby.  Jones crossed Manila Bay to Bataan in a boat from the Manila Bay Club, after sinking out Air Corps truck in the Passig River.  There he met a Japanese patrol boat from Corregidor, "challenged and finally resumed our trip to Bataan".  After the fall of Bataan, he survived the Death March, O'Donnell and then on to Cabanatuan No. 3 where Jones worked on the farm and roads. Shipped to Japan on a Hellship for sixty-two days with a month layover on the island of Formosa, in the hold of the ship.  In Japan Jones was taken to Camp No. 17, a coal mine camp on the island of Kyushu, by the inland sea, where he was liberated.  Discharged Feb. 6, 1946 from Ft. MacArthur, CA Jones received six medals from the Pacific Theatre.
As Guy Jones himself said "married to a wonderful wife", Virginia who survives him along with one son, 4 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter.

Martinez, George E.

George E. Martinez, 71, a resident of Albuquerque for 45 years, passed away on Friday, October 13, 1989.  He was born in Ojitos Frios Las Vegas, New Mexico.  He was a former P.O.W. Bataan Veteran of World War II and the 200 Coast Auxiliary. He was a member of the D.A.V. and the American Legion Post # 613.  He is survived by his wife, Tillie L. Martinez of the family home; four sons, Robert S. Martinez, Leo P. Martinez, Steve G. Martinez and Rick S. Martinez; six daughters, Margie Gallegos, Theresa Martinez, Loraine Trujillo, Dorothy Martinez, Georgia Brown; 22 grandchildren; two brothers; one sister.

Mellies, Warren H.
Warren Harding Mellies, 80, of Cheyenne died January 20, 2002 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Warren was born Oct. 28, 1921,in Adams City, Colorado and lived in Cheyenne since 1960 with a prior residence in Casper.
He retired as a purchasing agent for the Federal Government after 42 years as service.
He served in the U.S.M.C. during WWII in the Philippines and was a Japanese prisoner of war for 3 ˝ years.
Warren was a member of the Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, the Military Order of Purple Heart, and Disabled American Veterans.
He is survived by his wife Christina, whom he married September 17, 1954 in Casper; a son Warren L. Mellies; daughters Linda Ann Connie and Kimberly Colling; a sister Betty Lou Matthews; and six grandchildren.
He was proceeded in death by a daughter, Bertha Marie McCartney; parents, August and Maude Mellies; sister Bertha A. Szymanski; and brothers, Everett B. Mellies, Ira Mellies, Woodrow W. Mellies, John W. Mellies and Howard L. Mellie.
The funeral was held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and internment was in Cheyenne Memorial Gardens. 

Credit: Quan June/July 2002

Nytra, Harry L.
Harry was born in Ambridge, PA. October 15, 1915 and lived in Pittsburg, PA.
He enlisted in the US Army in 1935, serving at Fort Meade, Maryland and Fort Lewis, Washington. Then he was sent to the Philippines. Harry was a Staff Sergeant when the US entered WWII on Dec. 7, 1941. He was taken captive at Corregidor on May 6, 1942.
After being imprisoned at Cabanatuan and Bilibid Prison Camps, he was transported to Japan by Hell Ship to work in the coal mines (slave labor) at Fukuoka Camp 17. He was a prisoner of war for 40 months. Harry was released from the Army in 1946 and found work in a chemical company for 31 years as a millwright.
He always suffered post traumatic stress syndrome and never could forget his days as a prisoner of war.
Harry passed away May 30th, 2004 at the age of 88 in the Aspinwall Veterans Hospital. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on June 15, 2004. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dolores; daughter Lorraine and two sons, Harry D. and Timothy. May he rest in peace.

Credit: Quan, Oct./Nov. 2004

Redshaw, Ward
Bataan Survivor Dies a Day Before Memorial March 
Ward Redshaw of Las Cruces, who also saw Nagasaki blast as a POW in Japan, died Saturday. Ward Redshaw, a Bataan Death March survivor who lived in Las Cruces, never missed the Bataan Memorial March at the White Sands Missile Range until this year -- he died Saturday after a long illness, just one day before this year's event, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported. "Ward holds a special place in the hearts of everyone at White Sands Missile Range," WSMR spokeswoman Monte Marlin told the Sun-News. "He has been a part of these memorial marches ever since they began. He has always been here, not so much to be recognized, but to share his story with a new generation. "Marlin said Redshaw "was trying to hold on to come one more time," the paper reported. The memorial march, a 26.2-mile trek across the desert and up and down Tularosa basin hills, was begun in 1989 by the Army ROTC at New Mexico State University as a way to honor survivors of the Bataan Death March in 1941, which had a disproportionate number of New Mexicans who fell prisoner to the Japanese in the early days of World War II and who fell victim on the march.
The White Sands Missile Range event every year includes a missing-man roll call of those Bataan Death March survivors who have died in the past year, and Redshaw's name was the last one to be read on Sunday.
"He was very much missed," Marlin said. "We'll always refer to him as a gentle giant." Redshaw not only survived the horrific march up the Bataan peninsula in the Philippines, but was a prisoner of war in Japan and saw the atomic bomb explosion in Nagasaki that -- along with the Hiroshima blast a few days earlier -- brought about Japan's surrender, according to an earlier article on Redshaw.
"I heard this tremendous explosion and looked up," Redshaw recalled. "It wasn't even a cloud yet. It was all the colors of the rainbow and then it dissolved into the color of magenta. It was pretty startling. I really didn't realize what had happened until a few days later when the emperor was on a loudspeaker on the prison camp radio telling the Japanese to give up." Redshaw's death leaves just two living Bataan Death March survivors in Las Cruces -- Julio Barela and Granville Smith, the Sun-News said.

credit: Bruce Daniels - ABQnewsSeeker Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Sabo, Alex -
Alex Sabo, 90, of Windsor Heights, WV, died May 5, 2010 at home.  He was born January 26, 1920 in Cedar Grove, PA., the son of the late Charles and Susan Szanyi Sabo.  He was a retired steelworker with US Steel; a WWII Army POW veteran where he survived the Bataan Death March in the Philippines.  He was a Christian.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Sabo, and his daughter, Rose Marie Sabo.  Surviving are his grand children, Margaret Rihaly, James Lilley, and Michael Wolf; great-grandchildren, Chad Thompson, Jennifer Frey, Justin Lilley, Gregory Layton, Rosemarie Wolf, Michaeline Norwood, and Bruce Wolf; brothers, Joseph and Mildred Sabo and family, and John and Margaret Sabo and family.  Interment in Oakland Cemetery, Mingo Junction, OH.  Full military graveside services were conducted by the Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Squad.

Scott, Jackson Robert (Doctor)
Dr. R. Jackson Scott, age 69, died at Wadworth Hospital in Los Angeles, CA on May 2,1992. He was a Cavité Marine and stationed in the Philippines. He was captured on Corregidor in 1942 by the Japanese and was a POW in several camps in the Philippines and also Camp 17
in Japan for 31/2 years. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and daughter Kathleen Senechal.

Silva, Agapito
Bataan POW Fought for Veterans' Rights Source: AP

ALBUQUERQUE -- Agapito "Gap" Silva, a survivor of the infamous World War II Bataan Death March, is being remembered by his family and friends as an advocate for veterans rights. Silva's family said he died Sunday, possibly as a complication of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 87.Silva and about 1,800 other New Mexicans were captured by the Japanese after the fall of Bataan in the Philippines in 1942. He was a prisoner of war for three years and was made to work as a slave laborer in a coal plant.
Silva won several medals including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and American Defense Medal.
After the war, his family said he returned to New Mexico and became an advocate for veterans.
Silva is survived by his wife, Socorro Silva; sons Jerome, Fred, Michael, Agapito Jr. and Maurice; daughters Patricia and Erlinda; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services are planned for Thursday at St. Therese Catholic Church in Albuquerque. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Thacker, Paul A.
Paul Thacker was born in Leesville, VA. June 10, 1918. He served in the 31st Infantry Division and was sent to the Philippines. He was a survivor of the Death March and was held prisoner of war by the Japanese for three and a half years. Paul was interned in Camp O’Donnell and Cabanatuan before being shipped In July 1943 to Fukuoka Camp 17 in Japan. There he stayed until the end of the war.
Paul was a member of The Tabernacle, a life time member of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, American Legion Post 325, V.F.W. Post 647, life member of Archer T. Gannon Post 19 Disabled American Veterans and a member of Poquoson Tribe No. 124 Improved Order of Redmen.
Paul passed away at the age of 83 at Danville, Va. June 19, 2001. The funeral was held at Wrenn-Watts North Main Chapel and internment followed at Danville Memorial Gardens with Military Honors by the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife Ruby; two sons and three daughters, 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Watson, Donald James
Donald James Watson died August 27, 2003, in Angels Camp, CA. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty; one daughter,
three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Watson was a Prisoner of War and survived the Bataan Death March as well as the bombing of the hellship the Enoura Maru. He was sent to Camp No. 17, Fukuoka, on the Island of Kyushu, Japan.

    
 Credit: Quan, March 2008

Thompson, Torvald (Toby) A.
Torvald (Toby) A. Thompson died June 22, 2007.  He was born August 28, 1918 in Fayette County, Wadena, IA, the son of Thore and Olive Gunderson Thompson.  He married Eleanor L. Johnson October 8, 1949.
Toby enlisted in the Army in May, 1941; was stationed on the island of Corregidor and was captured by the Japanese on May 6, 1942. During his three and a half years as a POW, he was forced to work in various POW camps and spent his last year working in a coal mine.  He was awarded three Bronze Stars. Toby resided in Waterloo, IA.  He was a partner in the Video Center for 13 years and was the owner of Thompson TV Service for 14 years. He retired in 1980 and enjoyed fishing, gardening and travel. He is survived by his wife Eleanor, two daughters and one granddaughter.

      
Credit: Quan, June 2008

 

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