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Posted By: Nancee Seifert (email)
Date: 3/31/2008 at 14:53:35

Neil Bertrand Shimp was born on November 6, 1908 in Lucas County, Iowa.
to James and Sarah (Jones) Shimp. He worked many years with the Fred
Harvey Dining Car Company at Albuquerque, New Mexico and went into the
Army and was assigned to Compay B 220 Coast Artillery and was sent to
Ford Stocktonburg on Minanaoin the Philippine Islands to insgtruct the
Army stationed there in the use of Chemical Warfare.

Shortly after he arived in the Islands, he was promoted to the rank of
Captain and he was taken prisoner when the Japanese overran the Islands.
Later, because he was in fair health, he was picked to be transferred
with others to a safer prison. They were placed aboard a ship which was
sunk by US submarines about 200 miles from the Chinese mainland. The
Japanese had about 1725 prisoners on this boat. Others, not so well,
were left behind and were rescued a short time later by returing US
Forces. A Colonel Wilson who was too sick to be transferred verifies
the above which took place in 1943.

Neil married Jeanne Bond in 1930 at Omaha, Nebraska and there was one
child, a son, Neil B. Ship, Jr. born 1931.

from Biographical ketches of the Shimpf Family by Charles James Shimp,
1965, p. 83

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