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PFC Homer Raymond Bailey

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PFC Homer Raymond Bailey

Birth
Death
14 Dec 1944 (aged 26)
Burial
Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot
SECTION 85 SITE 63
Memorial ID
19035020 View Source

Palawan Massacre
During World War II, in order to prevent the rescue of prisoners of war by the advancing allies, on 14 December 1944, the Japanese herded the remaining 150 POWs at Puerto Princesa into three covered trenches which were then set on fire using barrels of gasoline. As prisoners tried to escape the flames they were shot down. Some escaped by going over a cliff that ran along one side of the trenches, but were later hunted down and killed. Only 11 men escaped the slaughter and between 133 and 141 were killed. The site of the massacre can still be visited. The massacre is the premise of the recently published book "Last Man Out: Glenn McDole, USMC, Survivor of the Palawan Massacre in World War II" by Bob Wilbanks, and the opening scenes of the 2005 Miramax movie, "The Great Raid".


From the book, The Fighting Men of Oklahoma: PFC Homer Raymond Bailey son of Mr. & Mrs. M.H. Bailey of Ardmore OK, was born at Wynnewood OK on Sept 6, 1918. He attended Ardmore HS and served 3 years in the 45th Div., OK Natl. Guard. He enlisted on March 13, 1940, receiving his training at Ft. Sam Houston. He then served 4 years in the Pacific Theater and participated in the Battle of Corregidor. He was wounded May 2, 1942 and captured by the Japanese on May 7, 1942. He was held in POW Camp 10-A and died on Dec. 14, 1944 at the Japanese Prison Camp on Puerta Princessa, Palawa, Philippine Islands.

Palawan Massacre
During World War II, in order to prevent the rescue of prisoners of war by the advancing allies, on 14 December 1944, the Japanese herded the remaining 150 POWs at Puerto Princesa into three covered trenches which were then set on fire using barrels of gasoline. As prisoners tried to escape the flames they were shot down. Some escaped by going over a cliff that ran along one side of the trenches, but were later hunted down and killed. Only 11 men escaped the slaughter and between 133 and 141 were killed. The site of the massacre can still be visited. The massacre is the premise of the recently published book "Last Man Out: Glenn McDole, USMC, Survivor of the Palawan Massacre in World War II" by Bob Wilbanks, and the opening scenes of the 2005 Miramax movie, "The Great Raid".


From the book, The Fighting Men of Oklahoma: PFC Homer Raymond Bailey son of Mr. & Mrs. M.H. Bailey of Ardmore OK, was born at Wynnewood OK on Sept 6, 1918. He attended Ardmore HS and served 3 years in the 45th Div., OK Natl. Guard. He enlisted on March 13, 1940, receiving his training at Ft. Sam Houston. He then served 4 years in the Pacific Theater and participated in the Battle of Corregidor. He was wounded May 2, 1942 and captured by the Japanese on May 7, 1942. He was held in POW Camp 10-A and died on Dec. 14, 1944 at the Japanese Prison Camp on Puerta Princessa, Palawa, Philippine Islands.


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  • Created by: Eric Kreft
  • Added: 21 Apr 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 19035020
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/19035020/homer-raymond-bailey: accessed ), memorial page for PFC Homer Raymond Bailey (6 Sep 1918–14 Dec 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 19035020, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA; Maintained by Eric Kreft (contributor 46843358) .