Fort Rosencrans National Cemetery - Photo by MM1(SW) Jeffrey Lucero, USS Nimitz (CVN-68)

“We are no doubt a rough and discouraged bunch, but there is a bond that will hold us together forever.”

 

— LeMoyne B. Stiles’ POW Diary   

 

LeMoyne B. Stiles was a survivor of the Hell Ship Oryoku Maru, an odyssey that lasted 1-1/2 months, included two bombings, and 3 ships, and the loss of over 1,200 Prisoners of War. According to Roger Mansell's research, 103 Oryoku survivors arrived at Mukden in April 1945.

 

LeMoyne B. Stiles

Bataan Death March Survivor

 

FEB. 24, 2000 — LeMoyne B. ‘Lee’ Stiles, a survivor of the Bataan Death March, passed away on February 17, 2000. Born in Safford, Arizona on November 24, 1919, he was a 1937 graduate of Albuquerque High School. He attended the University of New Mexico and graduated from the University of Southern California. He also obtained his masters in psychology from the Chapman University in Orange, California. In his senior year of college at the University of New Mexico, in 1940, Stiles was called to federal service with the 200th Coast Artillery AA. His unit arrived in the Philippines in August of 1941. He served in the battles of Bataan and Corregidor as a lieutenant in the artillery and as an infantry commander in the final months of the siege of Bataan. He was taken prisoner by the Japanese and was on the “death march” ultimately imprisoned for 3 1/2 years in the Philippines. He also survived the sinking of the Oryoku Maru. Upon his return to the United States, Stiles finished his schooling and became an insurance broker through the Travelers Insurance Company in Los Angeles and Fullerton. Stiles had resided in Coronado since 1978, enjoying retirement. He was an avid golfer at Sea ‘N Air Golf Club at North Island, and was also active for a number of years with the San Diego Junior Golf. He was a life member of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, as well as Disabled American Veterans. His military honors include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts and the Presidential Unit Citation with three Stars and various other U.S. and Philippine ribbons. LeMoyne B. Stiles will be greatly missed by his family and friends. he is survived by his wife of 52 years, ‘Mims’ Stiles; his “Special” son Bobby of Coronado; son Scott (and daughter-in-law Michelle) of Arizona; daughters Marilee and Jackie; and 4 grandchildren. Viewing to be held Thursday (today) Humphrey Mortuary, 753 Broadway in Chula Vista 12 to 2 p.m. with Services at 3 p.m. Fort Rosecrans Military Cemetery. The family suggests donations to St. Andrews Abbey, P.O. Box 40, Valyermo, CA 93563-0040.

 

The San Diego Union-Tribune

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