to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead

28.2 Fitzsimmons Grp

It is recorded that the Tharp and Fitzsimmons Groups were designated at about the same time. There is no indication as to what criteria were used to place men in these two groups. Fate decided which of these men would be part of the Fitzsimmons Group that spent the majority of their TBR time in camps close to Thanbyuzayat rather than in the Burmese highlands.

As with the Tharp Group, upon completion of the TBR, these men were consolidated to camps in Kanchanaburi. Some were then transported to either Saigon or Japan. Most were eventually liberated from camps in Thailand.

Fitzother3213535JOHNSON HAROLD MARTINSM1cBorneo Internment Camp Kuching
Fitzother3214035MCMANUS HAROLD EDWARDSM1cBorneo Internment Camp Kuching
Fitzother3421099STONE HARRY HoffmanSC2cBorneo Internment Camp Kuching
FitzBurma-dcd3823539BENDER GEORGE FREDERICKSM2cTH Nakhorn Pathom
FitzBurma-dcd20813346BOWLEY Raymond JessePVTTH Kanchanaburi
FitzBurma-dcd2658173BROTHERS FRANK WHEELERSM1c114 Kilo Camp, Burma
FitzBurma-dcd36009960DALESIO Frank  (aka D’Alessio)PVT133 Kilo Nikki
FitzBurma-dcd36105805DICKENS William HPVT114 Kilo Camp, Burma
FitzBurma-dcd38027525EKLUND Rudolph Leroy    “Swede”PVT114 Kilo Camp, Burma
FitzBurma-dcd19000197MATTFELDT WILLIAM FullerPVT114 Kilo Camp, Burma
FitzBurma-dcd2237690MUSTO JAMES WILLIAMSM2c30 Kilo Camp, Burma (Reppo)
FitzBurma-dcd20815880PFEIL STANLEY ArthurPVT39 Kilo Camp
FitzBurma-dcd20813159PITTS Gaston ElwynPVT114 Kilo Camp, Burma
FitzBurma-dcd20814169ROGERS JOHN WilliamPVTTH Tha Makhan
FitzBurma-dcd20814173SIMPSON Ward HelveyPVTTH Kanchanaburi ‘F & H’ Hospital Camp No 1
FitzBurma-dcd309529WILSON JAMES Raydell  “Goon”Pvt114 Kilo Camp, Burma
FitzBurma3288517AGIN GERALD LEONSM2cTBR
FitzBurma20814117ANDERSON Luther LeePVTSaigon
FitzBurma38036113ANTHONY Nolan DurwardPVTTBR
FitzBurma38037070ARGABRIGHT Joseph HaroldPVTSaigon
FitzBurma20814118ARMSTRONG Roy GuyPVTSaigon
FitzBurma3721563ARNOLD FLOYD VIRGILSM2cTBR
FitzBurma38026152ARROYA Salome GonzalesPVTTBR
FitzBurma34140926ASHWORTH Hix CampbellPVTSaigon
FitzBurma299541AUST RICHARD L. JR “Pluto”PvtTBR
FitzBurma20813340BAILEY Jack WaynePVTTBR
FitzBurma3467653BAIN MARVIN LEATHSM1cSaigon
FitzBurma3685605BALLEW JAMES LETCHERSM2cTBR
FitzBurma20813581BARNES DANIEL FRANKPVTFuk-24B-Emukae (Senryu)
FitzBurma2072971BARNES STANLEY DAVENPORTSM2cTBR
FitzBurma2916348BEARDSLEY MARVIN MONROESM2cSaigon
FitzBurma3372634BEATTY PAUL ERSKINSM2cSaigon
FitzBurma3562666BEDFORD WINDELL JOSEPHSM1cTBR
FitzBurma2239856BERGEN JAMES TIMOTHYSM2cSaigon
FitzBurma38026050BETANCUD Santos el BofePFCSaigon
FitzBurma3288670BIGGER DELWONE BURETSM2cTBR
FitzBurma20813460BIRD Hilton EugeneCPLTBR
FitzBurma3001768BLACK ARTHUR ROBERTSM2cTBR
FitzBurma20813837BLACKWELDER Alton JamesPVTTBR
FitzBurma38025540BOWERS Walter AllenPFCTBR
FitzBurma3823739BRAIN DONALD CARLSM2cTBR
FitzBurma38027517BRANUM Delton DanielPVTFuk-24B-Emukae (Senryu)
FitzBurma20814123BRIMHALL Clifford OatherPFCTBR
FitzBurma20814130BRIMHALL Onis LeonPFCTBR
FitzBurma36105684BRINKER Harold Arthur  “Bud”PVTSaigon
FitzBurma312373BUKOWSKY EMIL GUSPvtFukuoka POW Camp #1 – Kashii
FitzBurma20813564BUMPASS Jesse Franklin JrPVTTBR
FitzBurma20813347BUTLER Jesse WilliamPVTSaigon
FitzBurma20814101CAMPBELL Charley JamesCPLSaigon
FitzBurma38036849CARPENTER Lonnie JasperPVTSaigon
FitzBurma3813776CASTRO MANUEL “Tony”SM1cFukuoka POW Camp #1 – Kashii
FitzBurma20814126CHAPMAN Henry EdwardCPLSaigon
FitzBurma20814131CHAPMAN William JosephPFCSaigon
FitzBurma284977CHARLES HOWARD ROBERTPfcSaigon
FitzBurma3562705CHILDERS MITCHELL KEENSM2cTBR
FitzBurma34054336CLARK Braxton BraggPFCTBR
FitzBurma20814127CLARK John Dennis     “Jake”PVTSaigon
FitzBurma20814132CLAY Joseph FranklinPVTSaigon
FitzBurma20814128CLAY Melvin Lee “Corky”PVTSaigon
FitzBurma38050568CLENDENEN J. G.PVTSaigon
FitzBurma38060290COLE III Joseph BenjaminCPLSaigon
FitzBurma20813870COMBS Dale WilliamPFCSaigon
FitzBurma20814129COOPER James MurrayPVTTBR
FitzBurma20814134CRAIN Drew WyattPFCTBR
FitzBurma259956CRAY HAMPTON RHODES JrPvtTBR
FitzBurma36105692CURLEY LaVern AlbertPVTTBR
FitzBurma3423825DEMOSS DONALD DEANSM2cTBR
FitzBurma20813353DERRICK Cecil LeePVTFuk-24B-Emukae (Senryu)
FitzBurma2723193DETHLOFF ROBERT LEE “Swampy II”F1cTBR
FitzBurma38036043DICKENSON Wilburn Duncan   “Babe”PVTFuk-24B-Emukae (Senryu)
FitzBurma20813310DOVE Miley DayPVTSaigon
FitzBurma38036006DRAKE Leonard HeartridgePVTTBR
FitzBurma20813842EASTHAM Ramon Garland “Blackie”SGTTBR
FitzBurma36009855EICHORST William CharlesPVTSaigon
FitzBurma3563096ELAM RICHARD WADESM2cTBR
FitzBurma20814138ELLIOTT Edward LeonPVTSaigon
FitzBurma38027510ENGLAND Clifford JamesPVTTBR
FitzBurma3421557EWING JAMES CHATHAMSM2cTBR
FitzBurma36105666FALK George APVTTBR
FitzBurma3287012FAY HENRY LEWISSM2cTBR
FitzBurma36204059FENRICK Harlin FPVTSaigon
FitzBurma2239874FERGUSON JOHN ANDREW SrF1cFukuoka POW Camp #1 – Kashii
FitzBurma3601290FITZGERALD JAMES RUSSELLF1cTBR
FitzBurmaO-256049FITZSIMMONS Archie LeeCPTTBR
FitzBurma2873359FORRESTER JOHN EDGAR “Pee Wee”SM1cTBR
FitzBurma3213085FORSMAN MELFRED LAVERNE “Gus”SM1cOutman Rd Jail Singapore
FitzBurma20814104FRAZIOR Harold RoscoePFCSaigon
FitzBurma20814139FRIE James WilliamPFCSaigon
FitzBurma20814145FRIE Marion Lee               “Baldie”PVTSaigon
FitzBurma20813596FUNG EDWARD B       “Eddie”PVTTBR
FitzBurma2239942GALOWSKI LEON HERBERTF1cTBR
FitzBurma38026049GARCIA Alfredo Guerero  “Freddy”PVTFuk-24B-Emukae (Senryu)
FitzBurma38025702GARCIA Jose DeJesus       “Freddy”PVTTBR
FitzBurma286257GEE JAMES WALLACE “Jimmy”PfcFukuoka POW Camp #1 – Kashii
FitzBurma3602802GEORGE PERLIE MONROESM2cTBR
FitzBurma20813874GILLEN Earl HarrisonPFCTBR
FitzBurma20814144GLAZNER Thomas HerbertPVTSaigon
FitzBurma36009930GNAT Frank JosephPVTSaigon
FitzBurma38037027GREGG Robert Nolen JrCPLSaigon
FitzBurma20814143GREGG Roy LeeCPLSaigon
FitzBurma273270GRICE WALTER LeePfcSaigon
FitzBurma20813356GRIFFITH Hubert WhanPFCSaigon
FitzBurma3721312GUNNERSON CARL FREDERICKF1cTBR
FitzBurma36009889GUZZY Walter KasperPFCSaigon
FitzBurma36105760HALLENDY Mathew JohnPVTSaigon
FitzBurma20813878HAMMACK Zack AbrahamPFCTBR
FitzBurma38038463HAMMONS Roy HermanPVTFuk-24B-Emukae (Senryu)
FitzBurma3288313HANLEY ROBERT LEONSM2cTBR
FitzBurma36105764HANSER Charles ElwoodPVTTBR
FitzBurma38036031HARRIS Dewitt DodsonCPLFuk-24B-Emukae (Senryu)
FitzBurma20814146HENSLEY Jim EdgarPVTTBR
FitzBurma20814147HICKS James Miles Jr  PFCSaigon
FitzBurma20813880HIGGINBOTHAM Howard VincentPVTTBR
FitzBurmaO-406094HINER David Alton2LTTBR
FitzBurma20813599HOLTON Melvin Gywn  “Buster”PFCTBR
FitzBurma20813600HOOVER J. W.PFCTBR
FitzBurma3720929HUEBLER EUGENE ALFRED JR  “Bug”BUG1cTBR
FitzBurma38025447HUFSTUTLER Oather DouglasPFCSaigon
FitzBurma20813362HUGGINS George LutherPVTTBR
FitzBurma3376322INGRAM WILLIAM JR “Shorty”SM2cTBR
FitzBurma38036815JORDAN Roy EPVTTBR
FitzBurma20814149JORDAN Willie Vester IIIPFCTBR
FitzBurma20813885KENNY Robert WeldonPVTTBR
FitzBurma20813545KERSHNER Horace VirgilSGTSaigon
FitzBurma309487KING Frank Harris “Pinkie”PvtTBR
FitzBurma20813606KING William RayPVTTBR
FitzBurma37021955LADWIG Lawrence EdgarPVTSaigon
FitzBurma20814154LAIRD John MillesPVTSaigon
FitzBurma20813370LAMB Floyd RoyPVTTBR
FitzBurma38026147LANDIN Mariano Diaz JrPVTSaigon
FitzBurmaO-403531LATTIMORE James Padley2LTTBR
FitzBurma20813608LAWLEY George Parks  “Buck”PVTFuk-24B-Emukae (Senryu)
FitzBurma20814155LEATHERWOOD Ellison PaulPVTTBR
FitzBurma20814156LEDBETTER Jimmie JessePVTSaigon
FitzBurma20813371LEWIS Dale APVTSaigon
FitzBurma20814157LONG Luther JPFCSaigon
FitzBurma38037065MAHER Boyd EdwardPVTSaigon
FitzBurma38027533MARTINEZ Homero LauroSGTTBR
FitzBurma38036966MATLOCK Sidney CarrolPVTTBR
FitzBurma20813888MAY Richard RayPFCSaigon
FitzBurma282729MCCONE JAMES “Packrat”PfcSaigon
FitzBurma20813889McELREATH Jessie Andrew “Chow Hound”PVTTBR
FitzBurma311720MCFARLAND THOMAS James “Tex”PvtFukuoka POW Camp #1 – Kashii
FitzBurma38025794MEDINA Refugio BarrientosPFCTBR
FitzBurma20813575MORRIS James RobertPFCTBR
FitzBurma3859346NETTER JACK GORDONSM2cTBR
FitzBurma308697OBRIEN JOHNNY FRANCISPvtTBR
FitzBurma20814162OGLE Ray Odis “Snake”PVTTBR
FitzBurma20814163OLIVER Garth Sears  “Pinkie”PFCTBR
FitzBurma36152975OOSTING CHARLES          “Red”PVTTBR
FitzBurma20814110OWEN John Hardy          “Big John”PFCSaigon
FitzBurma287866OWENS FLOYD IRVING “Sheep”PfcTBR
FitzBurma290308PAGE BERT ELWIN JR “Birddog”PvtTBR
FitzBurma3115298PAQUIN JAMES OSCARSM2cTBR
FitzBurma20814165PITTS Jennings BryantPVTTBR
FitzBurma2238645POLIDORO VINCENT FLORENTINOSM2cTBR
FitzBurma300453QUICK FRED BUTLER JR “Freddy”PvtFukuoka POW Camp #1 – Kashii
FitzBurma38036710RAY George Franklin JRPVTTBR
FitzBurma20814166RAY James Edward            “Rookie”PVTSaigon
FitzBurma20813615RAYBURN Eldridge Leon “Snowy”PVTSaigon
FitzBurma20813379REA Maston LafayettePVTSaigon
FitzBurma20813616REICHLE GROVER William  “Red”PVTTBR
FitzBurma3602584ROBERTS VALDON STEPHEN “Cream”F1cFukuoka POW Camp #1 – Kashii
FitzBurma298880ROBINSON MARVIN EARLE JR  “Robbie”PfcTBR
FitzBurma20814171ROSS George ElmorePVTTBR
FitzBurma3000627ROSS WILLIAM J JRF2cTBR
FitzBurma3762045SCHWARZ OTTO CARLSM2cSaigon
FitzBurma38036263SCROGGINS HERMAN WilliamsPVTFuk-24B-Emukae (Senryu)
FitzBurma20813620SELF GLENN BPFCTBR
FitzBurma20814113SHERRILL Cosby Ray “Pupsie”PFCTBR
FitzBurma287872SHUSTER JOHN FranklinPfcSaigon
FitzBurma2874154SIZEMORE MARVINSM2cTBR
FitzBurma38036028SMITH J. W.PVTTBR
FitzBurma2745158SMITH JAMES ALBERTSM2cTBR
FitzBurma14027596SMITH, John Frank Jr.MSGTBR
FitzBurma37066807SMOKE Albert FranklinPVTTBR
FitzBurma20814114SOLOMON Henry WaynePFCSaigon
FitzBurma20814175SPENCER Thomas JohnPVTSaigon
FitzBurma20813314STAMBAUGH Clyde MelvinPVTSaigon
FitzBurmaO-386242STENSLAND Roy Elmer “Bulldog”2LTTBR
FitzBurma20813623STONE Preston ErnestPFCTBR
FitzBurmaO-397556TEBOREK Raymond George1LTTBR
FitzBurma38036998TEEL Horace GlennPVTSaigon
FitzBurma38036729TIDWELL Walter Lee JRPVTTBR
FitzBurma36153270TORP Franklin BernardPVTSaigon
FitzBurma301757TRICE ERNEST MeldonPvtSaigon
FitzBurma3287093VINJE HAROLD MORRISSM1cTBR
FitzBurma38036851WADE Arnold WilliamPVTTBR
FitzBurma2915799WAMPLER CARL AMOSMM3cFukuoka POW Camp #1 – Kashii
FitzBurma3760399WARCKEN AUGUST NicholsSM2cFukuoka POW Camp #1 – Kashii
FitzBurma38050408WEHRING Theodore BenPVTFuk-24B-Emukae (Senryu)
FitzBurma307067WILLEY LLOYD VernonPvtTBR
FitzBurma310161WILLIAMS CARL HenryPvtSaigon
FitzBurma3762748WOLF JOSEPH WILLIAMSM2cTBR
FitzBurma20814116WOOD Chester LawrencePFCTBR
FitzBurma38026396WRIGHT Houston Tom      “Slug”PVTTBR

Interestingly, three of those that Fitzsimmons had left in Singapore were trans-shipped to the island of Borneo. The explanation for this is lacking.

As explained in Section 28.1, I have simplified the designation TBR; meaning those men stayed at one of the many camps in Thailand rather that being sent elsewhere.

The Fitzsimmons Group were often co-located with Australian survivors of the HMAS PERTH as well as other Australian units organized into the Williams and Black Forces. Their TBR experiences in many ways run parallel to the US POWs. I have included a separate section to memorialize the crew of the HMAS PERTH who fought and died alongside the USS HOUSTON. [see Section 27]

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