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Master Sgt. Charles B. Causey

Charles Causey enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1923. On Dec. 7, 1941, Master Sgt. Causey was the flightline maintenance chief of the 20th Air Base Group at Nichols Field. When the defenders of Bataan surrendered, Causey went on the Death March. During the March, a Japanese guard wounded him.

In October 1944 Causey, along with about 1,800 other Americans, was packed aboard the Japanese ship Arisan Maru for transport to Japan. On Oct. 24, a U.S. submarine torpedoed and sank the Arisan Maru in the South China Sea. Causey, along with nearly all of the U.S. POWs aboard, died in the attack.

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