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1  PSHS Message Board / News / Nininger and Six Other MIA Families Sue US Govt
 on: May 26th, 2017, 7:53pm 
Started by JohnEakin | Post by JohnEakin  
Families of Seven Missing U.S. Servicemen File Suit Against U.S. Government

San Antonio, TX – May 26, 2017 - The families of seven soldiers missing from World War II have filed suit in U.S. District Court in San Antonio demanding that the U.S. Government return the remains of their missing family members.

Thousands of American Servicemen remain missing from the Battle of Bataan and the Bataan Death March Seventy-Five years ago. Some were killed by the enemy and some died of disease and malnutrition while prisoners in brutal camps. Their families never knew where or how they died and never received the closure that comes with burial of loved ones. Recently released documents show that the U.S. Government negligently failed to identify the remains of thousands of missing servicemen and buried them as Unknowns in the Manila American Cemetery to avoid responsibility.

Among the missing was 1LT Alexander R. "Sandy" Nininger who was awarded the first Medal of Honor of WWII. Five times Army Graves Registration recommended identification of his remains, and five times Washington disapproved because the incorrectly calculated height of the remains didn't match his known height.  The remains of Lt Nininger are buried in Grave number J-7-20.

The remains of Colonel Loren P. Stewart, commander of the 51st Infantry Regiment, were not identified because investigators misspelled his name as STUART and couldn't find his dental records. The remains of COL Stewart are buried in Grave number N-15-19.

Brigadier General Guy O. Fort commanded the 81st Infantry Division until he was captured and executed by the enemy in retaliation for his guerrilla activities. His execution was witnessed by the Provincial Governor who was also a prisoner. After the war, Governor Cruz recovered the remains and presented them to the Army with a sworn statement that they were the general's remains. In this statement he said that when the enemy bayoneted the general, he heard him shout, "You may get me but you will never get the United States of America."  The remains of General Fort are buried in Grave number L-8-113.

Also joining the suit demanding the return of their loved ones are the families of PFC Lloyd Bruntmyer, Private Robert R. Morgan, PFC David Hansen, and Private Arthur H. "Bud" Kelder, all of whom died of disease and starvation in the infamous Cabanatuan POW Camp. Kelder was the subject of prior litigation in which the government agreed to return his remains to his family, but ultimately handed over only three bones. Investigation revealed that the Government's highly touted DNA identification laboratory has neither the capacity nor the capability of identifying more than a small handful of remains each year.

The seven families are represented by Attorney Benoit “Ben” Letendre of the firm of Cross Jenks Mercer & Maffei LLP in Baraboo, WI

Link to complaint filed in U.S. District Court
https://goo.gl/hwffHd

Link to Press release
https://goo.gl/Rf2MOt

2  PSHS Message Board / Civilian Internees/POWs / Re: Walter & Elizabeth Herlinger: were they internees?
 on: May 10th, 2017, 3:29pm 
Started by mbaum | Post by MAURICE_FRANCIS  
I have just seen your message from 2014. I am an internee researcher and although I am unable to find any information myself I might still be able to help via my contacts  -  Kind Regards  -  Maurice

Maurice Francis : 11 Gilmour Crescent, Claines,  Worcester WR3 7PH, England - Tel: 01905 454127 -  Mobile : 07752533956  -  Email: mauricefrancis1@hotmail.com


3  PSHS Message Board / Scouts / Requesting unit information.
 on: May 30th, 2016, 8:21pm 
Started by Andre Santillana | Post by Andre Santillana  
I am seeking information on two units:
1. 808th Military Police Company
2. 5th Military Police BN AUS

I would appreciate any information, leads and suggestions you may have reading these units.

Thank you very much.

4  PSHS Message Board / Scouts / Emiliano Paredes 26th Cavalry Machine Gun Troop
 on: Dec 29th, 2015, 5:43pm 
Started by chris paredes | Post by chris paredes  
I am the grandson of Private first class Emiliano G Paredes. I was wondering if anyone has any info/stories about him. I was able to find some military records about him but not really detailed. Any info would be appreciated.

Thanks
Chris Paredes

5  PSHS Message Board / Units / Re: 91st Coast Artillery
 on: May 25th, 2015, 8:11pm 
Started by Chris_Schaefer | Post by chadhill  
One of the men who was buried along the south wall of the courtyard of the Saint Dominic Parish Church in Abucay (where Alexander Nininger was buried) was never identified, although he was found wearing an insignia with the motto "Verus Et Fidelis Semper", the motto of the 91st CA (PS).  As far as I can tell, the only 91st CA unit that served on Bataan was Battery C of the 2nd Battalion.

To the best of my knowledge, all of the men buried along this wall were KIA in January 1942. This man was thought to be an American. Does anyone have a list of casualty names from this time period for Battery C or any other 91st unit?

Chad Hill

6  PSHS Message Board / General / Re: Cemetery, Saint Dominic Parish Church, Abucay
 on: May 25th, 2015, 7:53pm 
Started by chadhill | Post by chadhill  
Hello to all,

I've been in contact with Mr. Patterson and am continuing to research this.

One of the men buried on the south side of the south wall of the church courtyard was an American that was never identified. His remains were found with an insignia bearing the inscription "Verus Et Fidelis Semper" which was the motto of the 91st CA (PS). As far as I can tell, the only unit from the 91st that served on Bataan was Battery C of the 2nd Battalion.  

To the best of my knowledge, all of the soldiers buried along this wall were KIA during January 1942.  Does anyone have information about casualties from Battery C or any other 91st CA unit during this period of time?

Chad Hill


7  PSHS Message Board / Scouts / Re: Seeking any info on Pablo L. De Guzman, Scout
 on: May 4th, 2015, 8:28am 
Started by Rich_Felkey87 | Post by Rich_Felkey87  
Born: June 29, 1917
Died: Sept 17, 1994

8  PSHS Message Board / Scouts / Seeking any info on Pablo L. De Guzman, Scout
 on: Apr 18th, 2015, 6:30pm 
Started by Rich_Felkey87 | Post by Rich_Felkey87  
Looking for any information on my wife's Grandfather, Pablo L. De Guzman. She was told he was a Phil Scout during the siege of Bataan & was taken prisoner & participated in the Bataan Death March. They believe he may have been a Sgt. He did receive a U.S. Govt pension until his death. I have been searching this site to no avail. If anyone could help me I would greatly appreciate it! We recently visited Corregidor & Bataan here in the Philippines & I would love to teach my children about their Great Grandfather in the Philippines just as I did their GGF in America. I also think he deserves a military headstone. Thank you in advance! Richard Felkey - richfelkey87@yahoo.com

9  PSHS Message Board / Units / Re: Seeking info about 45th Inf Regiment PS
 on: Feb 11th, 2015, 11:28pm 
Started by Francis Nacino (Guest) | Post by Pops  
That's great information!  Hopefully some knowledgeable folks will respond and share more information about the 45th Infantry!  There's a recent multi-part series on the regiment's action on the Abucay Line in January 1942 at the Bataan Campaign web log on wordpress.com.

10  PSHS Message Board / Units / Re: Seeking info about 45th Inf Regiment PS
 on: Feb 11th, 2015, 6:38pm 
Started by Francis Nacino (Guest) | Post by Andrew45th  
 I will make it my personal mission to gather more info regarding the 45th Infantry Regiment.
 I had 4 relatives that were in the 45th Infantry Regiment.
 My grandfather Corporal Mariano S. Marfa served 1932-1946 45th Infantry Regiment Company "I", then Service Co., 45th (PS).  Later HQ & HQ Detachment, 3rd MilitaryPolice Battalion (PS).  Finally ending with the 510th Transportation Truck Company(PS).  Prisoner of war, Bataan Survivor.
Corporal Pedro Oxonian, 45th Infantry Reg. Company "H".  KIA Feb 11, 1942.
 Private Luis Narag Cruz, 45th Infantry Reg. Date of Death Sept 27, 1942.  And his twin brother Private Marcelo Narag Cruz, 45th Infantry Reg., date of death July 7, 1942.
 Four relatives.  Only my grandfather survived.  If anyone has any info regarding the 45th infantry regiment.  History, rosters, placement/timeline of battles, Company pics I would really like to hear from you.
Andrew Galindez
Strong to Endure
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