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Gen. William Chase, Liberator of Bataan, Dies

August 31, 1986|From Times Wire Services

HOUSTON — Maj. Gen. William C. Chase, whose troops recaptured Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines in 1945, marched on to throw the Japanese out of Manila and who then led a triumphant force into Tokyo after Japan surrendered, has died at age 92.

Chase died in his sleep Aug. 28.

The Providence, R.I., native enlisted as an Army private in 1916 after graduating from Brown University and by 1944 had been promoted to major general by Gen. Douglas MacArthur during the World War II campaign in the Philippines.

He worked under MacArthur during the postwar occupation and reconstruction of Japan and later became chief military adviser to Chiang Kai-shek in Taiwan before retiring from the military in 1955.

Chase then went on to earn a master's degree in history and government and taught college history from 1957 until retiring in 1968.

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