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I have a soft spot for the 200th Coast Artillery since it was the unit my Uncle served in. He was a POW and survived Bataan and the POW camps and came home.

This group is to one of his fellow veterans from the same unit. The 200th CA was an Anti-Aircraft unit formed in New Mexico as a National Guard unit.
The 200th CA was very diverse, being composed of Native Americans, Mexican Americans, and those of European descent.

This veteran was Native American and grew up in Acomita, New Mexico. He joined the 200th CA in March of 1941. In September he would be on his way to the Philippines and wouldn't be home until October 1945.

During the Battle of Bataan he was wounded on April 9th, 1942 which was the day of the surrender.

After the Death March and a couple of years in POW camps in the Philippines, he was transported to Japan on a Hellship and was liberated at a camp in Ashio Japan.

I will let the documents tell the rest of his story:

 

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!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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I was very fortunate that his service record in the archives had not been burned in the 1973 file. His file was intact, but damaged.

 

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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POW ID card maintained by the Japanese

 

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!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Paperwork on the awarding of his Purple Heart medal

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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His named Purple Heart was issued in 1947 , hand engraved by the PQMD . His request for a CIB was denied.

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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After WWII authority was given by the Army to award the Bronze Star to those veterans who has served during the Defense of the Philippines.

 

This is the paperwork for the Bronze Star he was awarded in 1985.

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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This thread is dedicated to the men of the 200th Coast Artillery, including my Uncle Cpl. Arthur E. Storts

 

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Kurt - that's FANTASTIC! What a group!!!

Only a weak society needs government protection or intervention before it pursues its resolve to preserve the truth. Truth needs neither handcuffs nor a badge for its vindication. -Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Peace is not the absence of war, but the defense of hard-won freedom. -Anton LaGuardia


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Kurt - that's FANTASTIC! What a group!!!

 

Thanks Dave! This grouping illustrates that a WWII group doesn't have to have high level Valor medals in it to be interesting,

 

Kurt

!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Incredible group Kurt, I was quite moved thinking about how happy his family was to receive the message "Liberated by Americans, safe and well, will be home soon" Such good news after years of worry and agony.

 

Thank you for posting it, and thank you to this honored Veteran and his memory, a true American by lineage, and by his personal valor, who endured a slice of hell for so long.

 

Best wishes to you,

 

Joe

Don't trick another, and don't get tricked. Don't show your weaknesses, but your spirit.

Member of OMSA 7250 and ASMIC 4552




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Outstanding medal group, glad to see his St Louis records survived the fire.

 

DakotaDave

"Consider yourselves already dead." - General Savage to assembly of the fictional 918th BG - "Twelve O'clock High"

 

"The business of life is the acquisition of memories. In the end, that's all there is."

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Kurt, this group is stunning! Thank you again for keeping the legacy alive!

~Sean

WANTED: Philippine Department & Division patch variations, uniforms, & other items.
~In honor of Private Placido Conejos, 14th Engineer Regt. (Philippine Scouts). KIA on Bataan, 02/13/1942

My links: Lolo's (Grandfather's) WWII Service | My Mini-Museum of Sea Lions and Carabaos ASMIC Newsletter Editor (4653) | PSHS Nat. Secretary & Webmaster

 

 

 

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Kurt, this group is stunning! Thank you again for keeping the legacy alive!

Thanks Sean, your recent threads have gotten me motivated to post some of the groups I have never shown before!

 

Here is one I just did today that I know you will appreciate : http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/229554-wwii-31st-infantry-officer-pow-group-his-gear-from-bataan/

 

Kurt

!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Great group, the Coast Artillery medal is interesting. Thanks for posting.

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Looking for: Washington and Oregon Coast Artillery items

Any items related to the Harbor Defenses of the Columbia River and the Harbor Defenses of Puget Sound, 1860s-WWII. This includes items from Fort Stevens, OR; Ft Canby, WA; Ft Columbia, WA; Ft Worden, WA; Ft Casey, WA; Ft Flagler, WA; Ft Ward, WA; Ft Whitman, WA; Camp Hayden, WA; and the following units that served at these forts:
Columbia River: 33rd, 34th, 93rd, and 160th Companies, CAC; and 18th and 249th Coast Artillery regiments
Puget Sound: 26th, 30th, 62nd, 63rd, 71st, 85th, 92nd, 94th, 106th, 108th, 126th, 149th, and 150th Companies, CAC; and 14th and 248th Coast Artillery regiments

Coast Defense Study Group member & site representative for the Columbia River forts

ASMIC member

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  • 11 months later...

Kastauffer,

I thought you might find this of interest- a program for the Memorial Service to the 200th Coast Artillery, held on December 9, 1945. I found this program inside a World War II photo album kept by a teenage girl from New Mexico.

 

 

 

 

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