Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Memorial Day Salute to Lloyd P. Zimmer

As Memorial Day is only a few days away, I thought it only fitting I should give a Salute to all the service men and women who served are country with honor. "As a free American citizen, I give my thanks to all service men & women all over the world". 

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Parents of Veteran: Mr. and Mrs. Earl V, Zimmer; Neoga, Illinois. Sisters; Marjorie E. and Lucille McFall.

Date of Birth: January 6, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois. Spent 9 years in the Mattoon Public Schools, 3 years in Neoga T.H.S. Graduated June. 1940,

Date of Enlistment: November 18, 1940; Mattoon, Illinois. Graduated from Air Corps Radio school August 15, 1941; transferred to the Philippine Islands October 4, 1941; was at Clark Field when the first bombs fell in the war with the Japs.

Parents received two letters, one December 12, 1941 from McKinley Field, near Manila; the other one dated January 25, 1942 while on Bataan; was taken prisoner with the fall of Bataan, was in the Bataan Death March, survived that, only to die in a Prisoner of War camp in Cabanatuan, where 21000 died of starvation, brutality and disease, June 16, 1942. Picture shown was last picture ever taken, about two weeks before war started, near Clark Field, North of Manila. Nothing is known of his military record, his last words were "Wish me luck, what a war, but we will lick them yet." He and thousands of others never knew that it was done, but at what a cost, revenge was taken. They did not die in vain.

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