Postcard from Staff Sergeant William C. Getchius

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Admin/Biog History William C. Getchius was born on July 9, 1917 in Mankato, Minnesota, the son of James and Barbara Getchius. His father died in 1922. The family moved to Oshkosh where William graduated from Oshkosh High School in 1935. He enlisted in the US Army on December 15, 1939. He was trained as a mechanic in the United States Army Air Force and sent to the Philippines. He was captured at the fall of Corregidor on May 6, 1942 and help in the prison camp at Cabanatuan. He died on a Japanese transport ship on January 28, 1945.
Classification Archives
Collection Winnebago County Historical Commission
Dates of Accumulation 1944
Abstract Postcard from Staff Sergeant William C. Getchius, United States Army Air Force, to his mother, Barbara Getchius in Oshkosh. Japanese forces in the Philippines captured William in the spring of 1942. His mother did not receive notice of his capture until May 6, 1943. He died of an intestinal disorder on a Japanese transport ship from Luzon, Philippines to Japan on January 28, 1945.

Mrs. Barbara Getchius
317 Pearl Street
Oshkosh, Wisconsin U.S.A.

From: William C. Getchius
Staff Sergeant
Philippine Military Prison Camp #1

Imperial Japanese Army
1. I am interned at The Philippine Military Prison Camp #1
2. My health is good.
3. I am - sick in hospital.
4. I am-improving
5. Please see that [blank] is taken care of.
6. (Re: Family); Hope all is well.
7. Please give my best regards to....relations.
Event World War II
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG71.3.2
Object Name Postcard
People Getchius, William C.
Subjects World War II
United States Army Air Force
Winnebago County Historical Commission
Prisoners of war
War crimes
Pacific Theater of Operations
Title Postcard from Staff Sergeant William C. Getchius
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