Defenders of the Philippines

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Emory Charles Schlick

Emory Charles Schlick was born on October 30, 1905 in Omaha, Nebraska to Charles E. Schlick and Mabel Louise Johnson Schlick. He was inducted into the Army on April 3, 1941 in Santa Fe, New Mexico and was sent to Fort Bliss  and assigned to the 200th Coast Artillery Corps (CAC) Anti-Aircraft. He departed the United States on September 16, 1941 and arrived at Manila on October 1. He was stationed at Clark's Field at Fort Stotsenberg. Part of his Battery, "F," was captured by the Japanese when Bataan fell on April 9, 1942. He was then interned at Camp O'Donnell and, after several months, sent to Cabanatuan, where he performed manual labor. Then, on October 11, 1942, he left for Mukden, arriving on November 11, 1942. While there he worked in a tool and dye factory. He was liberated on August 19, 1945 and sent to the 29th Replacement Depot in the Philippines before returning to the United States on November 1, 1945. He was discharged from the Army on March 27, 1946 with the rank of Sergeant.

Schlick worked as a tile setter for Denver Mantle and Tile until retiring in 1970, after which he co-opened a sign-painting business in Denver. He passed away on December 2, 2002.