Defenders of the Philippines

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John Crago, ADBC Commander

ADBC Commander, 1983-1984

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John Crago was born April 3, 1921 in Huntington, Indiana.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Jan. 9, 1941 and was sent to the 19th  Ordnance Battalion in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

He then  transferred to the 17th Ordnance Company and sent to Philippine Islands arriving there on Sept. 16, 1941.

He was interred in the following prison camps:  O'Donnell, Cabanatuan, Omine Machi coal mine in Japan.  His imprisonment lasted 40 months.  He was discharged from the Armed Forces on Dec. 21, 1945.

He married Florence and they had four daughters. 

Read about the convention when he was elected at Quan1983