When Duane Heisinger did research about his father, he talked to POWs who might be in the same areas as his father.
In correspondence to Frederick Pendleton, he was looking for experiences on Corregidor.
Frederick Pendleton responded with a review of his expereriences which follow:
Letter to Duane Heisinger (actual letter)
I received your e-mail on the first of the month and was interested in what you had to tell me.
I am sorry to say that I
have never met your Father.
There was so many on
I was in Headquarter
Battery of 59th Coast Artillery.
I was a clerk for the XO Officer, Colonel
I was clerk for plans and training and
also Court Reporter for Special and
During the War I was the
Com(?) for the Range
? ? the firing of Battery Crockett W
Disappearnu (?) rifle and for Battery Geary , a
At the surrender we were
taken to the 92nd Garage on Kindley
The place was packed and hardly a place
to lie down.
It is possible that your father was there
After about three weeks we were taken by
From Bilibid we were
shipped to Cabanatuan Camp No. 3.
There I stayed until the 25th
of October when we were shipped to
The B-29s had bombed and
We were put to (work) unloading these ships and loading freight cars. It was hard work carrying 100 Kilo Bag of rice and other freight. Like Tanagawa we worked 12 to 14 hours a day and got a teacup of rice and tea cup of warm water with a little soy sauce in it.
One night the B29s came in and burnt the town to the ground including our school house. Of all the canisters lying around in the morning we were lucky none of us were injured.
The next day we had to go to work again and several days later a flight of Navy planes came in and bombed the docks and a freighter that we were unloading.
They put us in an old abandoned brickyard. The ovens were our home.
At the end of the war before we were liberated 3 B29s came in and dropped supplies to us. There was enough stuff to supply a battalion. So everybody got there (their) bellies full and had clean clothes and toilet articles. So we could shave and spruce up.
We were shipped back to
We arrived in
I forgot to tell you that
the name of the ship that took me to
Sincerely yours Frederick K. Pendleton
Please excuse my penmanship it is a little shakey (shaky).
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.