Defenders of the Philippines

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Samuel Moody, ADBC Commander

ADBC Commander, 1964-65


Samuel MoodySamuel B. Moody was born June 2, 1920 and was educated in Lynn, MA.  He joined the Army Air Corps on Nov. 15, 1940. He was assigned to the 91st Bomb Group at Savannah, GA.  He went overseas in November 1941 to the Philippine Islands where he served in the 2nd Professional Inf. on Bataan and fought until the surrender on April 9, 1942.  He made the Death March and spent three and a half years as a Japanese POW, being released at Nurami, Japan in September 1945.

He represented the United States and Philippine Governments at the "International War Crimes Trials" held in Tokyo in 1947 and 1948.  He stayed in the United States Air Force until 1960, when he retired as a master sergeant.  He went to work for Mutual Life Insurance Co. of New York (MONY) where he spent eight and a half as their European representative.  He retired from the company after 25 years in 1985.  Since then, he has been involved in veteran's affairs in Florida.  Some of the organizations he joined were the Masons, Shrine Sojourners, Heroes of 1976, the Air Force Sergeants Association, American Ex-POWS, and Military Order of the Purple Heart. Active in the Kiwanis, he served as Lieutenant Governor of the Adirondack Division in New York and later the Bavaria/Austria District in Europe. He was also past president of the Air Force Association.

He wrote Reprieve from Hell, which has had three printings.  He was listed in Personalities of the South.  He  moved to  Altamonte Spring, FL in 1975 with his wife Madelene.  He had two children, a daughter and a son.

He was one of the founders of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor.  He served as its first secretary and was national commander in 1964 and 1965.

Samuel Moody passed away June 24, 1999 and was buried in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Gotha, Florida.