Defenders of the Philippines

picture of captivity and picture of release from captivity

Charles Sheeley

P-40 with picture of Charles Sheeley paintingPicture of P-40 with 2nd Lt. Charles A. Sheeley who flew P-40 Tomahawks in the the Philippines at the outbreak of WWII.
Lt. Sheeley survived the Death March and shipment on a Hell Ship.
He was in a POW camp in Korea, before coming home to a year of medical care.
by Artist Russ Brown  Note:  Actual Picture is Larger and shows his medals

Charles Sheehey War MedalsPicture on loan to ADBC Museum

Capt. Charles Adams Sheeley was born Aug. 29, 1917, in Peublo, Colorado and graduated from Central High School and Peublo Jr. College.  In June, 1941 he finished his pilot training in the U.S. Air Force and went to the Philippine Islands.  He flew P-40 Tomahawks in the Philippines.  He was a member of the 3rd Pursuit Squadron.  He survived the Bataan Death March, and then was sent on a hellship to Japan, and next travelled to a Korea to work in a POW camp.  It took him a year to recuperate in a hospital  at home.

Reitred Capt. Sheeley died Jan. 16, 1997 and will be remembered as a hero to his family.  They commissioned the picture above to  be made .  It is titled "A Time Long Ago."

Charles Sheeley Graduation Picture from Tactical Training