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AFTER 3 YEARS in SERVICE
Was Mess and Billeting Officer for ATC
at East West Terminal
Back in Mason City with an honorable discharge 15 days after he left Manila, and 3 years to the day since he entered the service on Sept. 16, 1942, is Capt Walt Bramhall, former Mason City restaurant operator, who spent the past 15 months in the Pacific.
Capt. Bramhall reports at in discharging his duties as mess and billeting officer for the air transport command he flew 80,000 miles. He had charge of 5 U. S. stations and all stations in the Pacific from America to, and including, Australia.
“Much history was made in Manila the last half of August,” reported Bramhill, who had been stationed there at Nichols field since March 1. Nichols field, he said, is the terminal for all activity from the east and the west, and many distinguished persons were constantly coming and going out there.
He saw Gen. Wainwright arrive from China. His condition was pitiful. He used a cane, was very weak and haggard and showed that he had suffered terribly. Bramhall also saw Gen. MacArthur and his staff leave Nichols field for Japan, and virtually every commanding officer of the allied armies in the Pacific, including Adm. Nimitz and Adm. Halsey.
He saw the Japanese delegation arrive at the field. They carried themselves in a military manner. The leaders saluted the general in charge, who returned the salute, but refused to shake hands when they offered to do so. Gen. MacArthur did not meet them at any time.
Capt. Bramhill said that when the Americans arrived in the Philippines last spring, the Filipinos were in a starving condition and hundreds and thousands of them would have died in another month. The army fed and clothed them and they were very grateful.
In the Pacific he took part in 4 major campaigns for which he wears 4 battle stars. They were Kwajelein, Saipan, Leyte, and Luzon. He wears the Philippine liberation ribbon awarded by the P. I. government.
Bramhall is now home with his wife and family at 1109 Pennsylvania N. E. They have one son in the service, Willys, S 2/c, now attending radio school at Gulfport, Miss.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2013
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