This is an amazing time capsule that survived the fighting on Bataan and in POW camps in the Philippines.
Part of this has been shown on the forum before, but since I bought the group, I have added more items to it from a separate individual who obtained part of the group as well. The only part of the entire group that I do not own are his POW diaries and they are amazing. Here is the thread on the diaries : http://www.usmilitar...le#entry1340666
The officer who owned this group was a 1st LT who served with the 31st Infantry and 63rd Infantry PA in the Philippines when the war broke out. On December 18th, 1941 we was badly wounded and was evacuated to Mindanao. This is the reason his mussette bag, and gear survived. The soldiers captured on Mindanao did not have to participate in the Death March and many of them were able to keep things the men on Bataan could not.
While a POW in Davao on Mindanao, he had his leg removed in Sept 1943, almost 2 years after his initial wound.
In 1944 he was transferred to Bilibid and was liberated there in Feb 1945.
His Canteen and Mess Kit are a diary of his time on Bataan and as a POW . If you just read what is engraved on them, you get a good idea of his experiences.
Edited by KASTAUFFER, 11 January 2015 - 03:57 PM.