|Death: ||Nov. 9, 2013|
Los Angeles County
Houston Turner was my Grand Uncle-in-Law and a man that I admired and thought of lot of. He was a true American war hero.
Houston's unit was abandoned of the island of Luzon in the Philippines during WWII. After running out of food and ammunition his unit was forced to surrender to the Japanese forces. Huston refused surrender and escaped into the hills attempting to fight his own battles and was credited with a least 5 enemy kills during this time. He befriended a Philippine soldier and they fought together until Malaria set in on Houston. To sick to go on he told his comrade to save himself and he would fight alone as long as he could. He was finally captured by Japanese forces, his battles having lasted two weeks.
He was joined with other American forces where they were forced to march to the prison camp at Cabanatuan, watching many of his fellow Americans die along the way. After some time at Cabanatuan he was transferred to the Japanese mainland and another prison camp where he remained for another two years before being rescued by American troops.
His story was featured on The History Channel's show Shootout! Season 2, episode 5. and, an autobiographical account of his time in WWII can be found at: http://philippine-defenders.lib.wv.us/pdf/bios/turner_houston_pdf.pdf.
Georgia Borba Turner (____ - 2014)*
Arroyo Grande Cemetery
San Luis Obispo County
GPS (lat/lon): 35.12077, -120.59526
Created by: Ron West
Record added: Nov 11, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 120186567
"He stands in the unbroken line of patriots who have dared to die that freedom might live, and grow, and increase its blessings. Freedom lives, and through it, he lives -- in a way that humbles the undertakings of most men." --Franklin D. Roosevelt|
Added: Apr. 16, 2014