September 7, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. For Dick Cooksley, the nightmares from that most trying and lethal time of his life still linger: slogging through island jungles in the dreaded Bataan Death March, watching as some of his fellow soldiers and friends were beheaded by their Japanese captors. But Cooksley, now 92 and living in Arizona, survived it all - three long years of enemy captivity in seven different camps. This week, nearly seven decades after his release, the retired Army captain received long overdue recognition of his suffering: the Bronze Star Medal.
April 8, 1985 |
Gregorio Calantas Rivera was a soldier for the Republic of the Philippines before he served six years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II. But today he is a citizen of neither country. A native-born Filipino, Rivera renounced his Filipino citizenship in November, when U.S. District Judge Gordon Thompson administered an oath that declared Rivera a U.S. citizen based on his service to this country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1991
Honan got it wrong. The American people do not need an apologist for Japan's dastardly attack on Pearl Harbor (let us not forget the Bataan death march). We should demand an apology from Japan. WILLIAM BOOTERBAUGH El Segundo
December 24, 2002
I can't agree with Roger Norton's implication that the Bataan Death March (letter, Dec. 20) should somehow mitigate sympathy for those interned at Manzanar. The difference, and it is a crucial one, is that the perpetrators of the Bataan atrocity were Japanese soldiers. The victims of internment were mostly American civilians. Neil Fletcher Santa Monica
December 2, 2012
Dec. 7, 1941: Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Dec. 8, 1941: Japanese bomb the Philippines, destroying many aircraft at Clark Field Dec. 22, 1941: About 43,000 Japanese troops begin the main invasion of Luzon; American and Filipino troops begin to amass on Bataan Dec. 24, 1941: Manila declared "open city" End of December 1941: Ground war in progress on Bataan Feb. 8, 1942: Japan decides to regroup after its forces are repelled ...
August 18, 1985
Two Southern Californians who survived the 1942 Bataan Death March were belatedly awarded the Bronze Star during an informal ceremony at Edwards Air Force Base. Retired Master Sgts. Joseph Stanko, 64, of Lancaster, and Harold Newton, 65, of Tehachapi, received the medals--awarded for gallantry during their years as prisoners of war--during a 15-minute presentation before family members and friends on Friday, base spokesman Don Haley said.
June 14, 2007 |
Troubled Tampa Bay outfielder Elijah Dukes was not in uniform for the Devil Rays game Wednesday night against San Diego after another wave of media reports detailing his problems off the field. Manager Joe Maddon said the 22-year-old rookie was given a "personal day" and would not be at Tropicana Field after it was revealed that a pregnant 18-year-old girl is claiming that Dukes is the father of her unborn child. The St.
February 27, 1990
Benjamin F. Schwartz, a longtime Los Angeles attorney and member of the Justice Department's antitrust team who after World War II became one of the prime prosecutors of the Japanese general executed for organizing the Bataan Death March, died Sunday. Schwartz died at home in Los Angeles of heart failure at age 80, said his wife, Lois.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1994
Thanks for your Aug. 17 editorial, "The Prime Minister (Murayama) Says No to Denial." A few thoughts: Wouldn't there be a huge outcry if Germans wept at Hitler's tomb? Why is there no protest over the Japanese, who mourn at Tojo's grave, in their annual outpouring of grief at the Yasukuni Shrine? The arrogance of Japanese officials denying guilt over World War II is stupefying. Now we see a glimmer of regret in Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama calling for a resolution of remorse in 1995.