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Names Project: Schubert

Report of Japanese Atrocities

CAMP SUMPTER

(Andersonville Prison)

 

Commonly called Andersonville, Camp Sumter was one of the largest military prisons established by the Confederacy during the Civil War. In existence for 14 months, over 45,000 Union soldiers were confined at the prison. Of these, almost 13,000 died from disease, poor sanitation, malnutrition, overcrowding, and exposure to the elements. The largest number held in the 26½-acre stockade at any one time was more than 32,000, during August of 1864.


Brigadier General Edward P. King surrendered the combined Philippine & American Forces on Bataan Peninsula to Colonel Motoo Nakayama on April 9, 1942 at Lamao, Bataan, Philippine Islands.

 

General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant at the house of Wilmer McLean in the village of Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia, April 9, 1865.

 

Andersonville National Historic Site includes the National Prisoner of War Museum. There is found the cement cross from Camp O’Donnell prisoner of war camp in the Philippines — made by prisoners when given a sack of cement in response to their pleas for food — built as a memorial to American prisoners who perished in the camp during WWII.


The 200th's Thomas Rohrabaugh, who died at Hoten prisoner of war camp in Mukden, Manchuria in 1943, lies just up a small rise from the Confederate graves section at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Illinois. Camp Butler was constructed in 1861 to process and train incoming Union recruits. In 1862, 2,000 Confederate troops captured at Fort Donelson, Tennessee were interned there and almost immediately, they began to succumb to disease and the extreme winter and summer weather. Nearly 800 Confederate prisoners of war are buried at Camp Butler.

 

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Thomas Rohrabaugh

 

PALAWAN MASSACRE

 

To prevent rescue of prisoners of war by the advancing Americans, on December 14, 1944, Japanese guards sounded air raid alarms and 150 POWs at Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island took cover in three covered trenches used as air raid shelters. The guards then set the shelters on fire. As prisoners tried to escape the flames they were bayoneted or shot down. Some escaped by going over a cliff that ran along one side of the trenches, but were later hunted down and killed.

 

Only 11 men would escape the slaughter, including the 200th Coast Artillery's Alberto Pacheco.

 

Among the dead were five other members of the 200th: Pvt. José E. T. Mascareñas, Pvt. Trinidad F. Otero, Pvt. Santiago S. Saiz, Sgt. Henry F. Scally, and Sgt. Charles A. Schubert.

 

WORLD WAR II ATROCITY VICTIMS BURIED

 

FEB. 14, 1952 — Flags cover coffins of 123 American service men who were buried in a mass ceremony at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery today. The men were among 150 prisoners of war burned or shot to death by their Japanese guards on Palawan Island in the Philippines in December 1944. More than 300 relatives attended the service in which Catholic, Protestant and Jewish chaplains participated. It was the largest mass burial in barracks history.

 

 

Japs Burn, Shoot U.S. Prisoners On Palawan Isle

 

GEN. MacARTHUR'S HEADQUARTERS, LUZON, March 3, 1945 — The massacre of 150 American war prisoners by the Japanese constabulary at Puerto Princessa, Palawan Island, was officially announced tonight by Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

 

In a special release the general said, “additional evidence” had been uncovered by the Yank 41st Infantry Division at the Puerto Princessa prison camp substantiating stories that the Japanese threw gasoline in on the helpless Americans, ignited it and then machine-gunned or bayoneted any who tried to flee.

 

The press release said: “Human bones and bits of charred clothing covered by a layer of dirt and rubble were found in one of the air raid shelters near the barracks, mute testimony of the wholesale slaughter.”

Bataan Vets Plant Tree In Memory of Schubert

 

MAY 15, 1956 — An American elm tree planted in Bataan Park Sunday honors the memory of Charles Schubert, an Albuquerque serviceman who died in a Japanese prison camp in the Philippines in 1944.

The tree was planted by members of the Bataan Veterans Organization in ceremonies attended by the Bataan Mothers and Gold Star Mothers.

Mrs. Andrew Schubert of Albuquerque, mother of the honored serviceman, attended the ceremonies and helped to plant the tree in memory of her son.

Al Senter, vice-commander of the BVO, recalled that Charles Schubert was a first sergeant with a medical detachment of New Mexico's 200th Coast Artillery, which was stationed in the Philippines at the outbreak of the war with Japan.

Schubert was taken prisoner by the Japanese, along with other members of the 200th Coast Artillery, and died in a prison camp on Palawan Island on December 14, 1944. He was 24 at the time of his death.

The tree planting ceremonies climaxed an Andersonville Week observance by ex-prisoners of war in this country. Andersonville was a famous prison camp during the Civil War.

 

Albuquerque Tribune

 

Victims of massacre lie in a common grave at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery

Photo by B. Charley Gallegos


CLOVIS NEWS-JOURNAL

Sunday, Sep. 9, 1945

 

BROTHERS LOST

 

Cpl. Albert Moss, left, was killed in action Dec. 14, 1944, and his brother, Cpl. John David Moss, right, died in a Japanese prison camp in Manila July 11, 1942, the War Department has notified their mother, Mrs. Pearl Roehm, 617 West Fifth street.

Cpl. Albert was captured on Corregidor while serving with the 60th Antiaircraft Division. He joined the army in the fall of 1940.

Cpl. John fought with the 200th Coast Artillery in the Philippines prior to his capture by the Japanese.

CLOVIS NEWS-JOURNAL

Friday, Jan. 25, 1952

 

Reburial Rites To Be Held Here for Pvt. Glenn Dutton

 

Reburial services for Pvt. Glenn A. Dutton will be conducted at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Charles V. Steed Memorial Chapel by Claude Lorts, minister of the Central Church of Christ.

Pvt. Dutton died December 14, 1944 in a Japanese prison camp in the Philippine Islands. Stationed at Corregidor for one year prior to the arrival of the 200th Coast Artillery, he fought with the famed 200th and was one of the group captured during the fighting by the Japanese in World War II. He was 31 years old.

His body will arrive on the 2:35 o'clock train Sunday morning. The Veterans of Foreign Wars will have charge of the military rites to be conducted in the Lawn Haven Memorial Park cemetery.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Pearl Roehm 517 West Sixth; one brother, Fred A. Moss, Clovis; and four sisters, Mrs. Permelia Moore, Clovis, Mrs. Mary Haws, Albuquerque, Mrs. Sam Dorris, Clovis, and Mrs. Wanda Lee Riley, Taiban.

Steed Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Photo by B. Charley Gallegos

 

Glen Albert Dutton was the son of Mrs. Lillie Pearl Kesler Moss Roehm of Clovis, New Mexico. He was one of the handful of Palawan victims not buried in the common grave at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

 

Although there is an obvious relationship between Glen Dutton and 200th Coast Artillery men (below), as a 60th Coast Artillery man, he was part of Corregidor's Harbor Defenses, while the 200th & 515th Coast Artillery fought in the battles for Luzon and Bataan. However, (107) 200th & 515th men did make their way to Corregidor at the surrender of Bataan, and were absorbed into other units on Corregidor to continue the fight.

 

Lillie Pearl was the mother of John David Moss (515th Coast Artillery, d. Cabanatuan) & Albert Moss (60th Coast Artillery, d. 12/14/1944), and the step-mother of Robert R. Roehm (515th Coast Artillery, Liberated).

 

GLEN ALBERT DUTTON AND ALBERT MOSS THE SAME MAN ?

 

Lillie Pearl married Salem Horace Roehm, her sister Roxie's former husband, sometime between April 1943 and September 1945.

 

Robert R. Roehm was the son of Roxie Olive Kesler & Salem Horace Roehm. By September 1945, Roxie had remarried; her last name was Dean.

 

In her "It Tolled for New Mexico", Matson notes that John Moss was possibly the cousin of Robert Roehm; was the 1/2 brother of Glen Dutton, and the cousin of 200th Coast Artillery brothers Alfred Haws (Liberated) & Claude Haws (d. Camp O'Donnell).

 

In fact, the Haws brothers were in-laws of John Moss whose sister, Mary Loyce Moss, was the wife of Alfred Haws.

 

 

More for Glen Dutton:

 

NARA: Glen A. Dutton, born 1913 in Missouri

 

Registered voter, Reno, Nevada, Ward 1, Reno Evening Gazette, Aug. 3, 1936

 

Selective Service: Washoe District Number 1, Order No. 2696, Serial No. 1835, Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, NV), Nov. 11, 1940

 

Resident of Washoe Co., NV when entered service at Fort McDowell, Angel Island, CA Dec. 28, 1940

 

World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from Nevada, 1946

 

Official List of Army Dead from Nevada Released, Nevada State Journal (Reno, NV), Jun. 27, 1946

 

 

More for Albert Moss:

 

SEP 1917: Albert Moss (Sr.) living in Clovis, Curry Co., NM, lists next-of-kin, Mrs. Pearl Moss, on his WWI Draft Registration Card.

 

JAN 1, 1920 US FED Census, Curry County, New Mexico: Albert & Pearl Moss are found with their children: Albert (6y b. Missouri), Permelia (3-1/2y b. Missouri) and John David (7mo b. New Mexico)

 

WWII Army Enlistment record for Albert Moss from New Mexico is not found; record for John D. Moss is found.

 

In January 1944, during the 4th War Loan bond drive, Mandell's Store in Clovis, New Mexico purchased bonds in the names of Curry County men who were on Bataan and Corregidor including John Moss and Glen Dutton with no mention of Albert Moss. Clovis News-Journal, Jan. 30, 1944.

 

John D. Moss appears for Curry County Dead in the World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from New Mexico, 1946; Albert Moss does not.

 

There was an Albert Moss Jr. who was a prisoner of the Japanese. He was with the 724th ORD Co. (AVN), 24th Pursuit Group. He entered service May 16, 1941, was from Pennsylvania, and was liberated at war's end.

 

 

Wanda Riley's obituary states she was preceded in death by 3 brothers: Albert, Johnny & Freddy; and 3 sisters: Permalia, Doris & Albertina

 

Albert Benjamin Moss / 1913-1944 <— Glen Albert Dutton?

Lillie Permelia Smith / 1916-1997

John David Moss / 1920-1942

Doris Mildred Kyle / 1921-1996

Mary Loyce Haws / 1926-2010

Wanda Lee Riley / 1928-2006

Fred Aaron Moss / unk-unk

Albertina Moss / unk-unk