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“He left his soles overseas”

 

... said Lita Kieyoomia of her late husband, Joe Kieyoomia, at the Bataan Memorial dedication in Albuquerque on April 7, 2002.

Initially tortured because his captors thought he was Japanese-American, Joe Kieyoomia suffered months of beatings before the Japanese accepted his claim to Navajo ancestry.

When the “Navajo Code” had the Japanese baffled, Kieyoomia was questioned and then tortured. Kieyoomia did not know about the code. In an interview many years later he said, “Even if I knew about their code, I wouldn't tell the Japanese.”

Stripped naked and made to stand for hours in deep snow until he talked, Joe Kieyoomia’s feet froze to the ground. Finally allowed to return to his cell, a guard shoved him, causing the bottoms of his feet to tear.

And the beatings continued.

“I wanted to die. Many times, I thought I was close.”

Kieyoomia survived the prison camps, the Hell Ships and the torture. After 3-1/2 years as a prisoner of war, he was liberated and returned to the land of his birth.

 

Joe Kieyoomia died in 1997.

Clemens A. Kathman

200th CA(AA), 1946

 

I WAS THERE, CHARLEY

An Autobiography

 

Clemens Kathman never wanted to leave home, but he did. Now he tells it the way he lived it for 3-1/2 years. As a slave to the Japanese in various prison of war camps. An excellent story teller, you will not want to put this book aside until you've read it. All of it!

 

For information, click here.

 

Also See: Texas Senate Honors 200th Men

George “Tony” King

200th Coast Artillery (AA)

Regimental Band

Bruce W. Klinekole

1917 - 1981

Post-war Photograph

 

Bruce Klinekole was the grandson of Kline-ko-le, a prominent Plains Apache from the Kiowa Agency in Oklahoma. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Bruce Klinekole was living at Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico when he was drafted; where he would return to make his home after liberation from Nagoya POW Camp 9-B in Japan. His wife Virginia, was the first woman President of the Mescalero Tribal Business Committee, elected in 1959, the Mescalero tribe being the first to elect a woman as its council president.

THE NAMES PROJECT
A B C D
E F G H
IJ K L M
N O P Q
R S T UV
W YZ    

NAME

W = West Side of Park

E = East Side of Park

UNIT & BATTERY

 

EXAMPLE:

Joseph Kairunas was attached to H Battery, 200th Coast Artillery (Anti-aircraft). The column bearing the names of the men of H Btry, 200th CA(AA) is located on the West side of Bataan Memorial Park.

 

An (*) designates those men known to have died overseas.

 

ARE YOU SEEING THE PICTURES & STORIES ON THE RIGHT? FOLLOWING THE LINKS WITHIN THE LIST OF NAMES?

* Kairunas Joseph J. W-200H
* Kanally Billy B. E-515H
* Kasero Antonio   W-200A
  Kathman Clemens A. W-200H
  Kedzie Donald H. E-515Hq2Bn
* Keeler John A. E-515RegHq
* Keeton Leland L. W-200Hq2Bn
  Keilholz Ervin   W-200D
  Keller Rollie H. W-200F
* Kells David E. W-Officer
* Kelly Harry   E-515G
* Kelly [1] [2] Marshall E. W-200E
* Kelsey Gustav   E-515H
* Kemp Eddie T. W-Officer
  Kemp Newton F. W-200F
  Kennaman Jack R. W-Officer
* Kenney Raymond L. E-515B
  Kiely Bud J. E-515Hq2Bn
* Kierer Peter   W-200H
  Kiesov Walter C. W-200C
  Kieyoomia Joe L. W-200Hq2Bn
* Kilwy Milton   E-515Hq1Bn
  Kindel Merle A. W-200A
  King David L. W-200H
  King George F. W-Band
* King Warnar A. W-200B
* Kish Steven   E-515F
  Klinekole Bruce W. E-515A
* Klocker George M. W-200A
  Knight Robert J. E-515F
* Knight William L. W-200A
  Knighton Harold A. W-200E
* Kolocek Walter   E-515F
  Kraemer August M. W-200A
  Kranc Norbert J. W-200A
  Krolikoski Stanley J. W-200E
* Kros Donald R. W-200RegHq
  Kuretich Tony A. W-200B