"Remember Pearl Harbor"
7 December 1941
"A Day of Infamy"







This 59th anniversary memorial is dedicated to
"The Defenders of The Philippine Islands"
7 December 1941 to 6 May 1942



April 09, 2002 will be the 60th Anniversary of the
"Fall of Bataan and of the "Death March."



I would like to thank these heroes, living and
deceased, for their service to our country ...


... particularly, the nurses who served

in the Philippines during this conflict.



To all the hero defenders, living and deceased, 
of the Philippines Islands during World War II.
There is no way that our country can ever thank
you for the sacrifice that you made for our freedom.



The monument to the Pacific War Dead


The poet is unknown. It is inscribed on
the monument to the Pacific War Dead,
in Corregidor, Philippines. Each May 6th,
the sun is in such a position that its rays fall
into the center of the monument, exactly at noon.



Unknown to most: POWs held by the Germans died at a rate of 1.1%.
POWs held by the Japanese died at a rate of 37%.
The death rate amongst the Defenders of Bataan was much higher 
because of their weakened condition prior to their capture.



Acknowledgments
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I would like to extend special thanks to the following:
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To Mr. Bill Bowen, who was also instrumental in erecting the only monument 
to the victims of the Arisan Maru tragedy.  It is located in Tawas City, 
Michigan, the birthplace of his father, William E. Bowen, who perished 24 
October 1944. There is also a plaque to the men of the Arisan Maru at the 
Admiral Nimitz Museum in  Fredericksburg, Texas which Mr. Bowen helped create. Mr. William Bowen's  e-mail address is William Bowen
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To Major Richard Gordon, USA, (Ret.) Adjutant/BBB who was a defender 
of Bataan, a survivor of the Death March, Camps O'Donnell, and Cabanatuan. 
He allowed me the use of some of the material at his web site.  Without it this
memorial would not appear as it is shown. 
http://home.pacbell.net/fbaldie/In_Retrospect.html
..

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To the Ruby Beloz Family for this timely award. The Lord is smiling down 
on this web page just like on all my other memorial web pages.



When I received this e-mail 
I had to rearrange this memorial to accommodate the request.



Dear Mr. Paul Henriott,

Greetings and thank you for creating such a beautiful tribute to these heroic 
military chaplains.

Research lead to your page and we would very much like to learn more about 
these two chaplains that we may include their life stories within the pages of  www.catholicmil.org dedicated to strengthening military families and promoting  vocations to the Military Archdiocese. 

The way the page is presented makes me wonder if you knew this young chaplain
personally and/or were perhaps a witness to these events. Is either correct?  Please  tell us what you are able. Do also visit the website given above. 

We thank you for your dedicated years of service to this country of ours. God
bless you, Sir, and we look forward to hearing from you. 

In His Service,
Judy McCloskey
CatholicMil.org
Catholics in the Military



My answer to the e-mail above.

Dear Judy,

I want to thank you for your wonderful comments about the memorials to The  Reverend Father James Walter O'Brien, First Lieutenant, Chaplains Corps U.S.  Army. I created this memorial to the remaining living members of the O'Brien  family. I thank Michael Brock for the information he sent to me about Father  O'Brien. These web pages would never have been created without it. I was a guest  of Michael and Ellen Brock, niece of Father O'Brien, for one week in 1999. I am  forwarding this e-mail to them so that you may get in touch with them if you like.  Their e-mail address is: MEABROCK@aol.com 

About a year later I created The Reverend Father Thomas Scecina, Captain,  Chaplains Corps, U.S. Army memorial as a gift for the school that was named in
his honor. The Father Thomas Scecina Memorial High School in Indianapolis,
Indiana. There may be a nephew, Thomas Scecina, living in Valparaiso, IN. 

The final answer to your questions. No, I am not related and I didn't know them.
Everything that I have about them is in the memorials. If there is anything that I
can do to help please ask. 

I wish you the every best and God bless you and your organization 

Paul D. Henriott, CWO, USA, Ret. Sunday June 2, 2002



"A Tribute To True Heroes"

 
Reverend Father James Walter O'Brien,
Reverend Father Thomas Scecina,
and all of the prisoners of war
that perished with them in the sinking
of the Arisan Maru. It remains the worst
maritime disaster in American history.



ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

To Mr. Bill Bowen, who was also instrumental in erecting the only monument to
the victims of the Arisan Maru tragedy.  It is located in Tawas City, Michigan, the birthplace of his father, William E. Bowen, who perished 24 October 1944. There
is also a plaque to the men of the Arisan Maru at the Admiral Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas which Mr. Bowen helped create. Mr. William Bowen's 
e-mail address is William Bowen The e-mail address of the webmaster of the URL Arisan Maru to webpage of the Arisan Maru.
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To Major Richard Gordon, USA, (Ret.) Adjutant/BBB who was a defender of
Bataan, a survivor of the Death March, Camps O'Donnell, and Cabanatuan. He
allowed me the use of some of the material from his web site.
.
I would like to thank Michael Brock, who sent me the photos and information 
about Father O'Brien and his relatives.
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Also to Scecina Memorial High School www.scecina.org for the use of photo and biography of Father Thomas Scecina. 
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Thanks to Arlington Nation Cemetery for the online text about the Catholic
Chaplains Monument.
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This web page would never have been created without their help.





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On October 24, 1944, three torpedoes were fired at the Arisan from an Allied submarine, possibly by the USS Snook or USS Shark II. The first two 
torpedoes missed, one crossing the bow, and the other to the stern of the ship. The third torpedo fired was a direct hit, striking the starboard side amidships 
and sunk a Japanese "hell ship" carrying 1,800 prisoners of war.
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http://harrisonheritage.com/adbc/arisan.htm
To view the roster of the 1,800 prisoners of war.
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"Hell Ships"
Japanese prisoner of war transports
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You are in hell!!

You are on board a Japanese prisoner of war ship during World War II.
Imagine yourself sitting in a dark, rocking hole. The tropical sun beats down 
mercilessly. There is no wind. You get nothing but a bit of rice to eat and a  single canteen of water to drink, if you are lucky. You are closely surrounded
by others as miserable as you. Madness is common among your companions. 
There is barely room to sit, let alone lie down. You may be suffering from  dysentery or malaria, but there is no medicine to treat you. Bathroom facilities  consist of a pail.
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They were known as Hell Ships, Japanese WW II  prisoner of war transport 
ships. The Japanese refused to mark these ships, making it impossible for 
Allied forces to distinguish them from combat ships. As a result, Hell Ships 
were frequently targeted and torpedoed.
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The Survivors

Nine men survived the sinking of the Arisan Maru:

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Warrant Officer Martin Binder
Sgt Philip Brodsky
Pvt Tony Cichy
M/Sgt Calvin Graef
Pfc Charles Hughes
Cpl Don Meyer
Cpl Glenn Oliver
 Engineer Robert Overbeck
Sgt Avery Wilbur
= Died later after sinking




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