WW2 US 4th Marines Corregidor POW Mail Grouping


Excellent, Very Good Condition

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A historic grouping to a China Marine who was ordered to surrender on April 6, 1942 on Corregidor Island.

The centerpiece of this lot is a letter he wrote home in January 1945 from the Osaka, Japan POW Camp.  The letter is written on POW specific  stationary provided by the Japanese.

The original envelope is also POW-specific Japanese issue.  The short, hopeful, letter finally arrived home but months after the war had ended.

Also included are the following:

1. A 1940 4th Marines, Shanghai published magazine called Walla Walla;

2. Two April 1942 Life magazines detailing the fighting in Manilla and Corregidor;

3. A pre WW2 USMC Eagle Globe & Anchor;

4. A WW2 USMC Corporal summer wool Chevron  (he was promoted as a POW);

5. A newspaper clipping regarding the release of POWs in Japan;

6. A WW2 China Service Medal, new in the box;

7. A WW2 Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Medal, new in the box;

8. A POW Medal first authorized in 1986 for WW2 POWs and retroactively awarded.

9. A WW2 printed Corregidor envelope sent to help folks in the US not to forget.

10. Copies of newspaper articles describing his status as a POW, his first letter sent home as a POW and his safe return to the US.

11. Copies of relevant Marine Corps Muster rolls from his Boot Camp, assignment to the 4th Marines in Shanghai China, plus muster rolls showing him still in the 4th Marines in March 1942.  Muster rolls were finalized and submitted to higher after the month ends so none were prepared for April 1942 since the unit was surrendered.

12. Copies of relevant Marine Corps Muster rolls showing him as missing in action and later as a POW.

13. Copies of wartime Japanese records listing him as a POW in Osaka, Japan.

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