Defenders of the Philippines

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Jerome McDavitt, ADBC Commander

ADBC Commander, 1974-1975


Jerome McDavitt
Jerome McDavitt was born in San Antonio, Texas on February 10, 1912.  He graduated from Texas A&M as a second lieutenant in 1933.  He married Kay Oct. 10, 1937 and went on active duty June 1939. He went to the Philippines with his wife and first child in 1941.  He was in Field Artillery and served with the 23rd and 24th FA on Bataan.  He was a Battery Commander for the 24th FA and escaped to Corregidor after the surrender of Bataan bringing some Army Nurses across the North Channel,  he was interned in O'Donnell, Cabanatuan, and Omine Machi, Japan.  At the last camp he was the senior officer for the last world of WWII.

Jerry was an active ADBC member, visiting POW meetings in almost every state.  He talked about Americanism and talked about the flag made from red, white and blue parachutes when supplies were dropped in the Japanese prison camp. 
More about the flag on a section on POW flags at Wes Injerd's site.  During the 1950s and 1960s he edited the "EX-POW Bulletin.  He also served as National Historian of the ADBC.

He retired from military duty in Feb. 1954 as a lieutenant colonel.  He had four children
.  He died May 3, 1982.  His service was held at Fort Sam Houston Chapel on May 6, exactly 40 years after the surrender of Corregidor.

Jerome McDavitt Picture