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LT Pecos U. Finley
Mar 30th, 2006, 11:31am
 
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    I am attempting to put together a little tribute to a fellow New Mexican who came to the PI in Nov 1940 from the Quartermaster School at Ft. Lee and was assigned to the 12th QM. He was a famous basketball player at New Mexico State University and played in the NIT Championships of 1936. He was in Bataan and made the Death March and died in July 1941 at O'Donnell. Does anyone out there have any recollections of Pecos or of the Quartermaster mission on Bataan that could help fill in what he might have been doing during the war? Any help or guidance would be appreciated.
LTC Thomas M. White
Ft. Benning, GA
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Reply #1 - Apr 2nd, 2006, 9:23am
 
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Source: http://www.qmmuseum.lee.army.mil/WWII/bataan_qms.htm
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BY FRANK HEWLETT
The Quartermaster Review
May-June 1942

Never in United States military history was the Army Quartermaster Corps called upon for greater feats of endurance and ingenuity than in the Battle of Bataan, which finally was lost mainly through hunger and disease. Frank Hewlett, who saw the siege through to the end, reports on that phase of the campaign.

[Note: THE REVIEW is indebted to the Washington Times-Herald for this article on Quartermaster heroism at Bataan.]

General MacArthur's Headquarters, Melbourne, April 24 (U.P.). Many of them died and few were decorated, but when the final heroic history of Bataan is written the men of the U. S. Quartermaster Corps deserve a place of honor beside the frontline fighting forces.

They were the men who fed an army from a woefully inadequate supply of food, who kept trucks and scout cars going when they were about to fall apart, and who buried the dead. They were too busy behind the lines to shoulder arms, only there was no behind the lines on bomb-spattered Bataan and many a quartermaster died in the debris of his warehouse or repair shop.

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Reply #2 - Apr 2nd, 2006, 9:24am
 
In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, any copyrighted work in this message is distributed under fair use without profit or payment for non-profit research and educational purposes only. [Ref. http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml] Part two of three

THRESHED RICE CROP

The quartermasters displayed an ingenuity probably never equalled in the history of warfare.

They personally threshed Bataan s meager rice crop after buying it from the farmers at sky-high prices. Then they milled it. They slaughtered native cattle, and toward the end, the army's cavalry horses and pack-mules as well. They built fish traps. They refined salt from sea water. They built a coffee roaster from an old oil drum and boiled and re-boiled the limited supply of grounds until they. were nearly white.

The food shortage, of course, wore down the Bataan heroes in the end, but the quartermasters kept them going long after the peninsula had been drained dry.

GOT ONLY SHORT NOTICE

The withdrawal from the Luzon mainland to Bataan came on such short notice that there was no opportunity to provision the peninsula properly. But the qua

ur's soldiers "shut the door" on the Japanese invaders.

Heroically slashing red tape, the quartermasters had bought up unthreshed rice stocks when the Japanese first struck – in the midst of the Philippine harvest – but much of these stocks never got to Bataan because of the bombing and confusion of the withdrawal.

To thresh what rice they had, the quartermasters bought up Bataan's few rice mills, also at fancy prices, and removed them to places that were as safe as any on the peninsula.

The quartermasters threshed every stalk of rice from Abucay to Mariveles, until finally there wag no more, and on my last tour of the peninsula I saw their mills standing idle.

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Reply #3 - Apr 2nd, 2006, 9:25am
 
In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, any copyrighted work in this message is distributed under fair use without profit or payment for non-profit research and educational purposes only. [Ref. http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml] part three of three

BOUGHT ALL CATTLE

The way the quartermasters operated their slaughter houses and distributed the daily tons of meat to the various camps without spoilage was a masterpiece of management. They bought up every carabao (native cattle) bull, cow and calf, paying the owners in cash.

The larger animals were butchered in quarters and left unskinned to keep maggots away.

The quartermaster put the mess sergeants on a spot with their makeshift menu, but I've tasted carabao which, aside from its distinctive strong taste (just short of rank), was as juicy and tender as roast beef. Some cooks, however, could not even boil the stuff into a passable stew.

The salt supply dwindled rapidly because of the large quantities used for preserving meat and baking. The quartermasters tried several synthetic salt methods before settling on distillation of sea water.

ICE WATER A LUXURY

Tea ran out long before coffee, and when the latter was gone the forces on Bataan had only water. Ice water was a luxury which could be obtained from hospitals and at the Navy section base at Mariveles which received a small amount of ice each night from Corregidor.

Food was the quartermaster's major problem but they had many others.

They had the immense job of keeping hundreds of motor vehicles operating under most difficult conditions. Pack-mules had to be kept in working condition with minimum fodder so that rations could be delivered to the front-line troops.

When a command car or jeep broke down hopelessly, the quartermasters salvaged its usable parts and established repair pools. They often made repairs in total darkness and during raids.

SUPERVISED REFUGEES

The quartermasters had other tasks not listed in the handbook. They had to supervise teeming refugee camps whose occupants consumed food the soldiers needed. They obtained land for airports, they issued blue denim uniforms for Japanese prisoners with the letters "P.W." (prisoner of war) on front and back.

They supervised burials, maintained cemeteries, kept death records, saved casualties' valuables to be forwarded to next of kin.

A few quartermasters received silver stars and one was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

When the food ran out, the mills stopped and gasoline was dwindling fast, the quartermasters still cranked up the scout cars parked in the repair yards every day and idled their motors for a few minutes., I asked one why.

"That's so when the reinforcements arrive we can be ready to take the offensive," he replied.

It was the spirit of the quartermasters of Bataan
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Reply #4 - Apr 2nd, 2006, 10:25am
 
"...We would lose this war instantly, but for the QM. Without his vast ambidextrous corps of worker-fighter men not a wheel could turn.   From the lack of gas, which the QM handles, not a tank could run or a plane fly. But for the QM's care and skill in planning the movement of supplies, whole Army divisions might starve, freeze, or die of thirst."
"QM the Fighting Storekeeper", National Geographic Magazine, November 1942.   http://www.qmfound.com/quartermaster_time_line.htm#World%20War%20II%20(1941-45)


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http://www.qmmuseum.lee.army.mil/WWII/index.html Links on this page include these:

The Quartermasters before the fall of Bataan
http://www.qmmuseum.lee.army.mil/WWII/bataan_lesson.htm

The Lesson of Bataan
1946 article on Quartermaster efforts to support US forces  in the Philippines before the fall of Bataan

Quartermasters on Bataan Performed Heroic Feats
1942 article on support US forces  in the Philippines before the fall of Bataan

Luzon
Quartermaster support of operations in Luzon, Philippine

Leyte Landing
Role of the Quartermaster Office, Base K in the retaking of Leyte, Philippines in Oct 1944

QM Prisoner of War
Experiences of Lieutenant Joseph Goodman, captured in the Philippines in 1942

The QM School-Past and Present
Operations of the Quartermaster School at Fort Lee, VA in WWII

HTD MacArthur’s Red Ball Express
Quartermaster Truck Operations in the Philippines 1944

Tragic History
Graves Registration recovery operations in the Pacific in World War II

Many more pages ...
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Re: LT Pecos U. Finley
Reply #5 - Apr 2nd, 2006, 3:28pm
 
Carlisle will look up the book on the unit you want  and ship it on  interlibrary loan to your library. http://www.carlisle.army.mil/library/policies.htm

The Quartermaster Corps: Operations in the War against Japan at http://www.questia.com/library/book/the-quartermaster-corps-operations-in-the-wa...
is the book you might want and Carlisle should have it..

Contributors:
  Alvin P. Stauffer
Publisher:
  Office of the Chief of Military History
Place of Publication:
 Washington, DC  
Publication Year:
 1956
Subjects:         United States--Army--Quartermaster Corps, World War, 1939-1945--Regimental Histories--United States, World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--East Asia

THE PHILIPPINES -- THE OPENING OPERATIONS      
     Quartermaster Preparations for War in the Philippines       ...      Quartermaster Operations in Luzon, 8 December 1941-1 January 1942       ...  Status of Quartermaster Supplies on Bataan       ...       Running the Blockade       ...
Bataan: Last Phase       ...  Quartermaster Operations on Corregidor        ...   Reaction to Japanese Victories, December 1941-May 1942       ....   ... Troop Formation on Bataan       -  Quartermaster Corps Baker -  Surrender to the Japanese      
     

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