Defenders of the Philippines

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Arthur Beale, ADBC Commander


ADBC Commander, 1989-90

 Arthur Beale Picture

Arthur George Beale was born in West Warrick, Rhode Island and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  He joined the Navy in July, 1940 and was commissioned Ensign in June 1941.  He was on duty at the Naval Shipyard, Cavite, Philippine Islands,  (Manila Bay) on December 7, 1941 (December 8th in the Philippines).  The Navy Yard was destroyed December 10, 1941 by enemy bombers.  He remained at Cavite and Sangley Point until December 24 when he was evacuated to Corregidor via Destroyer USS Peary.  He assumed duties as a Navy Transportation Officer.  The Japanese took him  prisoner on May 6, 1942.

Beale was in the following camps:  92nd Garage, Bilibid, Cabanatuan camps #1, 2 and 3, Moji Hospital (Japan), Fukuoka #22,.  He was liberated in Mukden, Manchuria August 1945 by a six man American (OSS) parachute rescue team and Russian troops. He retired as Commander of the U.S. Navy with degrees from Quinnipiac College, Hamden, CT. and University of Maryland.  He was employed by the aerospace industry  and County of Orange County, CA.

He married "Susie" Wilma Roope and they had a daughter.

Arthur Beale helped in preparation of the Oryoku Maru online story.

Arthur Beale passed away on  September 7, 2011.