Total Number of Phi Delts Reported in Armed
Georgia '05, is now listed officially on the rolls
ot the War Department as a "prisoner of war."
Official confirmation of Brother King's status,
and that of his commander, Lieut. General Jonathan M. Wainwright, and eleven other officers
who served throughout the bloody battles on
Bataan and Corregidor, was received recently
through International Red Cross. They are being
held by the Japanese in Taiwan Camp, Island
of Formosa. Previously it had been merely "presumed" that they were prisoners after the surrender last April.
General King (See "A Hero of Bataan,"
SCROLL, May, 1942, pp. 323-4) was in supreme
command of artillery during all the weeks the
Battle of Bataan lasted. His gallantry won him
the Distinguished Service Medal, and he was
promoted from Brigadier General to Major General in the field by General Douglas MacArthur.
CAPT. CECIL CEPHAS KNUDSON, Arizona
back in this country after a year of active duty
with the Army Air Forces in combat areas in
Java and Australia. The young captain, who
saw action as the pilot of one of the huge B-17
Flying Fortresses in a number of battles over ths
Pacific, was awarded the Distinguished Flying
Cross for heroic service.
In an interview Brother Knudson, asked to
describe one of the exciting battles in which he
participated, told of an American plan to bomb
Rabaul, the Jap base in New Britain.
American fliers started out in six Flying Fortresses, and, when well on their way, encountered
21 Japanese bombers with fighter escorts. Although greatly outnumbered, the Americans met
the attack, which lasted 25 minutes, without
losing a plane. Six Jap planes, including three
Zeros, were knocked down.
"It's hard to knock down a B-17," he said.
"They can be shot a number of times and yet
carry on to arrive safely at their base.
Japanese Zero fighter is flimsy, and can often
be downed with one good hit."
When asked how American troops are progressing against the Japs, and whether the Japanese are stronger than we believe them to be,
GENERAL EDWARD P. KING, JR., Georgia '05
Officially known to be prisoner of war
Captain Knudson said, "The Japs are good
fighters and fliers. They think it an honor to die
for their country. But our superior equipment
and leadership and fine men will prove too
much for them."
LIEUT. CLARK ALLISON BAILEY, Illinois '36, played
an important role in the victorious Battle of
Buna in New It was he who directed
from concealed observation posts the Americans'
mortar fire that covered the whole front. Brother
Bailey went through the campaign, not only
scratdiless but in conspicuously good health, and
when the last Jap was dead, commented as follows on his part in the winning fight:
"Although we could see our fire fall only
upon Jap dugouts 100 yards away from our hideout, I had arranged during the night to work
out our farther fire and flanking fire all through
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