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Courtney1 - Sgt Courtney, Tank Company Mail, flown to U. S....
Sgt Courtney, Tank Company Mail, flown to U. S. S/Sgt. Daniel Courtney, 538 S. Pearl street, member of the 192nd Tank battalion who was liberated from a Japanese prison camp after the fall of Japan, was one of two members to be evacuated to this country by air. The other one was Sgt. Emerson Rex. Removed to a hospital ship from Japan, Courtney was first taken to Saipan and then to Hawaii. From there his trip to the United States was made by air. Sgt Courtney is now reveling in the luxury of home, surrounded by his family. Real chairs and a soft bed make a big hit with'him after the rather strenuous life of a prisoner. prisoner. Of course he has spent soine time in army hospitals, .which are very comfortable,- but even they are not like home. "This is the happiest day in my life," he exclaimed as he arrived home Tuesday night. It still was the happiest day Wednesday when a photographer came to take his picture. He was sound asleep on the davenport ^Stayed up a bit late last night" to explained. Courtney was at Camp O'Donnell and Cabanatuan witi* other mem- ben of the Tank-company after the fall of Bataan. Frpm the Philippines he was taken to Japan in a cargo ship, but unlike the experience experience of his comrades, the ship was not particularly crowded and they got enough to eat, such as it was. In Japan he operated on the working end of. a coal shovel, fir- Ing a boiler in m factory. Like .the. rest he lost weight It ^affected bis eyes considerably, but they are in good condition now. In Japan he was in the same prison camp «s Robert Kubly, Baraboo, formerly.of Evansville, another member of the unit During his imprisonment in Japan, Japan, he-saw American bombers twice, but explosives were not dropped in the vicinity of his camp. Courtney is on a 21 day furlough furlough from Mayo General hospital, Galesburg, HL, to which he will return

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  1. Janesville Daily Gazette,
  2. 29 Nov 1945, Thu,
  3. Page 14

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