Preserving the history, heritage, and legacy of the Philippine Scouts for present and future generations

Lt. Colonel Loyd Edward Mills

April 7, 1918-January 14, 1990

25 years ago, on January 14, 1990, Lieutenant Colonel Loyd Edward Mills passed away. He left an amazing story and legacy behind.

He was a leader:

- Commanded C Co., 57th Infantry (PS) and defended Bataan against the relentless assaults of the Japanese Imperial Army
- Western States Chapter, American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor from 1976-77
- Co-founder of the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society

He was a survivor:

- Survived the Bataan Death March
- Survived the bombing of the hellship Oryoku Maru
- Survived the attack on the hellship Enoura Maru
- Although he had to be carried off of the hellship Brazil Maru, he survived.
- Survived Japanese POW camps in Japan and Korea.

After two tours in Japan, Loyd retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserves, in 1960.

During his Army career, he received the Presidential Unit Citation w/3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, POW Medal, Army Commendation Ribbon, American Campaign w/1 Star, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign w/3 stars, Army Occupation Forces Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Philippine Defense Medal w/1 star, Philippine Liberation Medal, Philippine Independence Medal the Philippine Gold Cross, and Philippine Military Merit Medal.

In 1964, he graduated from California State College, Fullerton, CA and became a probation officer in Riverside, CA.

Let us not forget this leader, survivor, and friend.

Lt. Col. Loyd Mills' grouping consists of his insignia (including a Japanese-made Philippine Division patch), medals, hats, a cross-stitched 57th Infantry (PS) insignia, a photo of all the 57th Inf. (PS) officers present in August 1941 and more.

His medals hang above the right chest pocket. It includes the Bronze Star w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, POW Medal, Bataan Medal (New Mexico National Guard), the Philippine Military Merit Medal, the Philippine Gold Cross, Philippine Defense Medal w/1 star, Philippine Liberation Medal, Philippine Independence Medal. A Japanese-made Combat Infantryman Badge is above the ribbons.

Officers of the 57th Infantry Regiment (PS), August 1941.

Lt. Col. Mills' named Bronze Star, Purple Heart and POW Medal.

A copy of Mills' POW card (obverse).

A copy of Mills' POW card (reverse).

Lt. Col. Mills' report on the 1986 Philippine Scouts reunion.

Loyd Mills at the 1989 Philippine Scouts Heritage Society Reunion.

The Press-Enterprise reported on the passing of Lt. Col. Mills, dated 01/17/90.

A copy of Col. John Olson's "Anywhere, Anytime: The History of the Fifty-Seventh Infantry (PS). Inside was a small dedication by the author to Loyd Mills as well as a note to Charlie Mills, Loyd's wife.

The back of the letter to Charlie Mills.


Last modified: 03-Jan-2015