Other camps -- Borneo, Formosa, Malaya, .Philippines and, just plain "Unknown
Camps" account for the other 20 Houston men my list shows as officially declared
Prisoners of War. Obviously, none of the 3 Houston men. reported, held in the
Philippines are still there. If their families know where they were transferred,
they have not yet advised me of the change in camps.
Many of you have furnished me with the Prisoner of War numbers of your Houston
men. These tell quite a story and a definite pattern is discernible. (If I had
all the P.O.W. numbers, I feel I could tell you a lot more). Two definite series
of numbers prevail — the 5000 series and the 10,000 series. The 500 series contain most of the Mariens reported by Lt. Frank Gallagher, and my record has many
long runs of consecutive numbers proving that these Houston men were processed
together. For example, P.O.W. #5335 to #5344 'shows only one break, #5339—(is
this your man)? The 10,000 series seem to be headed'by Commander Epstein and
has several'long runs of (nearly) consecutive numbers, particularly from #10,136
through #10,166 and #10,280 through #10,300.
If your Houston man has a P.O.W. number like those above, I know a lot of
men who were his fellow prisoners. .
I understand that International Red Cross workers were recently allowed to
visit the P.O.W, camp at Nike, Thailand. To my personal knowledge, 4 next of kin
of Houston men have been advised that their loved one died in this prison camp-
in each instance the man was dead several months before the card he sent from
Moulmein, Burma, reached the next of kin. I understand that quite a few other
Houston next of kin have been notified of this Red.Cross visit (about June, 1945);
some alive and in good health, others died such and such a date—-Nearly one dead
for each two alive and in good health, according to reliable but unconfirmed reports.
, It is my intention to try to supply these bereaved next of kin the names and
home addresses of those who were in the same prisoner of war camp. Won't you help
me by supplying (if you have not already done so) full name, rating, the P.O.W.
camp and-P.O.W. number of YOUR Houston man?
OUR HONORED DEAD
Death result of action prior to February 28, 1942
Davis, G. E., Jr., Lt.
Florence, Robert C, S.l/C
Hanson, Roger J., S.l/C
James, Harvey W., S.l/C
Lalonde, Eldo F., S.l/C
Mathieu, James M., F.l/C
Nies, Dick K., S#l/C
OfLeary, E. L., Cox.
Ruscoe, Ja.ckson, Av.M.l/C
Williams, Joseph A., C.B.M..
Death reported subsequent to action of February 28» 1942
Alderman, Harmon Ch.R.M.
Batchelor, W. T., S.l/C
Deck, Leonard J., Ship's Cook 2/C
Fangohr, Eugene, G.M.2/C
Felix, Irving A., Yeo.l/C
Graham, Richard, P.0.5/C
Hill, Donald, Pvt. USMC
Hendricks, Robert H. S.l/C
James ,' Edward R., E.M.2/C
Ramsey, Frederic, Major USMC
Rentz, George S., Comm.
Rooks, A.H., Capt.
Rose, John J., Jr., S.l/C
Seidel, Alfred G., E.M.2/C
There is nothing we can do to return the men who have made the supreme sacrifice to their loved ones. We can and do extend sympathy to them in their hour of
need. We can, and I trust we will, do all in our power to bring to these bereaved
folks the intimate details they all so greatly desire and which are not apt to be
contained in any official communication.