"Remember Pearl Harbor"
7 December 1941
"A Day of Infamy"
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Greetings and thank you
such a beautiful tribute to these heroic
Research lead to your
page and we
would very much like to learn more about
The way the page is
me wonder if you knew this young chaplain
We thank you for your
years of service to this country of ours. God
In His Service,
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
Reverend Father Thomas Scecina, Captain, Chaplains
Corps, U.S. Army memorial as a gift for the school that was named in
The final answer to your
No, I am not related and I didn't know them.
I wish you the every best and God bless you and your organization
Paul D. Henriott, CWO,
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.
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.
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.
Also to Scecina Memorial High School www.scecina.org for the use of photo and biography of Father Thomas Scecina..
Thanks to Arlington Nation Cemetery for the online text about the Catholic.
This web page would never have been created without their help.
Nine men survived the sinking of the Arisan Maru:
= Died later after sinking
This Web Page was