The Brownsville Herald from Brownsville, Texas on June 8, 1947 · Page 7
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Army Colonel From Japanese BY G E N E BARTON Jicrnlrt Staff Writer fUe:noi-n was warm. We i,at on the porch in chairs brought from the rhllipplnoa. They' were comfortable and "Red" Moores ana I were reluct nnl lo leave them and the breeze, -sllKht though it was, for the hot rnyn of the afternoon sun. On the walla hung various trophies brought from the Philippine Islands. We. heard interesting .stories of what they represented, but far too mun.y to at- temp' ' ' relate. Colonel and Mrs. J, w. WorihlnKton proved to be a d e l i B h t f u l and Interesting couple. That the Jups had not chopped the Colonel's head off 'as they had Bald they would, provixl to be most interesting to us. --and most d e l i g h t f u l to the Worthiugtons. "Wi chop off heads." The Colonel siild a buck-toothed Japanese soldier told him and 44 other Americans and Fillplnoa held prisoners aboard a Japanese military vcsel. "They had wired our hands behind our' backs and looped a strand of the wire around our necks to hold our bunds high upon our backs." Wire Cut Doupii As Coloiu I Worthington told us, "The wire cut deep around our wrists and necks," I noticed "Red" looked down n l his own wrists, Of Narrow Escape Swinger; Warns Of Future Built VENEHAN BLINDS V u r Choice OJ YVouiJ · A l u m i n u m - Steel ORDER NOW Prompt Delivery BRENLIN BLIND Truly A Quality Blind For Benuty and Service See Us For FREE ESTIMATES Beautify Your Floors w i t h Azrock (Asphalt) Tile Various Colors And Available United U Supply STORES K. Washington - Ph. Col, J. W. Worthingtoni' is shown holding- the Japanese sword which almost lonned off his honcl whjle ho was a prisoner of t^c NJps In Inn Pacific. It was only when the Japs learned his rank that the officer wum spared his life. (Iloruld l*hoto By Hud Moorca.) * * * » * · and then pnfisocl one hand cnrcu- slngly along nla throat. One of the Colonel's most prized jiouvenli's Is a Japanese Army of- flccra 1 sword. The s w o r d h a d belonged In a Japanese family for uenorations, "The Jap bowed low us he presented It to me, although I knew he would rather have run Ib through mo," tho Colonel said. He obtained it- duvinR the last hour for-foro hlK departure from Mukden, Manchuria. Ho showed us his canteen cup on which had been oiifmived a record of Ills stations and prificm camps since leaving PYirl William McKlnley in 1041, r h o I IMC when he left Manchukuo In 1045, I prompted the Colonel to pet jack to r,he "head chopping uusl- ;iess. "Well, I thought I was n goner. The Interpreter was taking our names as the soldier 'with the sword flashed It about as though two needed a reminder of what was ''mining next. They had taken our .shoes off and had thrown them overboard. They kept us standing On the hot steel deck of the ship In our bare feet, and then had us 'hit! up In two rows and kneel down on our knees ready to receive the f i n a l blow. When the interpreter was f i n a l l y eonvlncer: (haI. the Inslunla on my aliirt mennt I was a Colonel, tho officer.'] l i a r ley. Meanwhile, wo M E N U C H A R R O K I T C H E N S 2235 Boca Chica Boulevard Brownsville, Texan SPECIAL SUNDAY DINNER Juno 7,, J.IH7 · - 85c CHOICE OF MEATS: Fried Chicken with Cream Gravy Baked Turkey with Drosslng Cranberry Baucu Baked Ham with Splcccl Apple Barbecue Lamb Chops VEGETABLES (Choice of Two) Groon Snap Beans -- Buttered Asparagus Scalloped Potatoes -- Macaroni Cheese Creamed Onions Dessert Coffee - Iced Toa CLOSED EVERY SATURDAY YOUR P A T R O N A G E IS APPRECIATED THE BEST IK NONE TOO C5OOD FOR OUR CUSTOMERS Mr. and Mr». W, W. Urulervfood, Operators were still kneeling on the deck expecting the sword to start swinging. Our stay of execution was delayed until the officers radioed icadquarters. They were instructed o bring us to Nasugbu for questioning." , That was one time the little silver eagles of the U. S. Army ,avecl some lives. · Awarded Medal Recently the War Department ?or warded orders showing that JjJonol Worthington had been awarded tho Bronze Star Modal. Ho was at Bntnan soon after war with Japan t star tod, There was approximately ono month's .-supply of food on hand at Bataan which became a three-month's supply when the ration was cut In half and later to one-third. This was finally stretched to nearly Tour months as the besieged forces held out." The Colonel organised the natives and together they procured large numbers of earabao through the Japanese line" thereby supplementing the very meager food supplies and enabling the garrison to hold out much than would otherwise have fresh came it caused long delay, At daybreak we were picked up by a Japanese destroyer. It was on this boat that we almost lost our heads. Later, on shore, we were transferred to a convoy of four trucks. There were about 40 American prisoners herded on each truck. With our hands still bound behind us they then ordared 'us to sit down. There was hardly room to stand. One prisoner, a aergeant, managed to get his hands loose and ,ri a desperate effort to escape, lumped from the truck. In about 20 minutes he was overtaken and Drought back to the trucks and' Horribly beaten until he was un- jonscious. A Japanese officer demanded to know who untied the ^ergeant's hands, and as I had been standing next to him, I re- jeived the same punishment. About four hours later I regained consciousness," the Colonel re- ated. The Colonel joined the Army in 1917 at Fort Sam Houston to go to Prance as a second lieutenant with the Veterinary Corps. Instead, he was assigned to Honolulu for four years. On December 17, 1922 at Port Reno, Okla., he was married to Miss Bernicti Loomis. He came to Fort Brown in Feb. 1931 as post Veterinarian with the rank, of Major. In 1938 he was transferred, to Fort Meade, Maryland. On Jan. 4, 1941, ho and Mrs. Worthington and the three youngest children left for the Philippine Islands. His family returned in May of that year. At the conclusion of our visit, the Colonel told us, "There is only one reason why I t would make a public statement. And that is; -Lest we -forget I Where tho prison slaves in our camps were numbered in the thousands, you and your children will be among the millions to slave and die in future orison camps if our money-mad leadership permits us to drift into World War III, unprepared for lombat, as we drifted toward Pearl Harbor Day." Mrs, Worthington squeezed back a tear as her husband said, "Of the approximately 20,000 Amor- Leon possible. Half of all meat consumed in Batuan (rom this source. · Tho remainder. 1 consisted of horse and mule moat and tho beef .from carabao already in Bataan. For the procurement of this vital supplemental food supply the Colpncl recently was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. "You see this snail shell?." Mrs. Worthintfton handed ono to us. "It lias the signature of General Wainwright on it." Recently when the General was in Brownsville he autographed the shell as he remarked that without them we would probably have starved to death. The Colonel's two youngest boy.v joined us on the porch. J. W. Jr., attends high school, and seven- year-old Wilson began school last term, The other boy, Faytitto, 1« a first lieutenant In the U. S. Engineer Corps. Prances is the only daughter. ,i3he plans to go to Texas University next .Fall, Attempts Escape At the fall of Bataan the Colonel watched General .King surrender to General, Hoirm; then with four others decided to risk an escape to Australia. They set sal' in an 18-foot banca into the China Sea. "With any luck at ' all w; might have made It, but fate decreed otherwise ns a lost outrigger and futile attempts to replace Untidily, ,Ynnn R, TtTE ITEKALD Jeans taken as prisoners of war, there were only about 5,000 who j came home." j The Colonel's hands were steady ; as he handed us his prison identi- ; Hcation tag, On it was printed in Japanese; "Josiah W. Worthington, American, prisoner, comis- sioned officer, Colonel, Number 111." In conclusion, Colonel and Mrs Worthington said that because tht people of Brownsville were "so friendly" they had enjoyed their service at Fort Brown more than at any other Army post. For this , reason they have chosen the Valley as ·fheir permanent home. SAWS S- SAWS 6" to 12" dia. . . . 75c 12" to 16" dia. . .. 1.00 SAW SHOP 1 Block East Mo-Pao Depot WESLACO Wo Joint, sura,, Ret and sharpen fiacli saw e x a c t l y Hk« now by factory method of machine grinding. 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