Defenders of the Philippines

picture of captivity and picture of release form captivity
Omar McGuire photograph

Omar McGuire, ADBC National Commander

Omar McGuire was a Corporal in the  21st Pursuit Squadron, Abilene, TX.

He enlisted Nov. 29,1940 landed Nichols Field, Philippine Island, November 1941. He was involved in the Nichols field attack and then went to Lubao Foreward Air Strip.

He was attached to the 71st Division Philippine Army which repelled the amphibious attack at Agaloma Bay and then was sent to Cabcaben Air Strip until the surrender at Mariveles.  He marched on the Bataan Death March  from Mariveles to San Fernando and  was transported to Camp O'Donnell.   From Camp O'Donnell he spent time building a bridge at Gapun and then spent time at the Cabanatuan prison camp.  From Cabanatuan he traveled south to aid in building an air strip at Palawan.  He went from Palawan to Bilibid Prison to and back to Cabanatuan.  He was interred at Camp No. 3 Fukuoka District, Kyushu.  He was liberated through Nagasaki.

He married Lucy-Le Petit Aug. 25, 1946 and had five sons.  He retired from the postal service in 1976.

He won the Bronze Star, the POW Medal, the Distinguished Unit Citation, two Oak Leaf Clusters, American Defense one Star, Philippine-Defense three stars, the Philippine Liberation Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal.