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 - and Edmund Dabney S r., had passed away, and...
and Edmund Dabney S r., had passed away, and thankfully were spared the never- dreamed-of atrocities t heir son would be f orced to endure. Life, death o f a captive December 7, 1941, found him in the Philipp Philipp ines. My mother – his s ister – Elizabeth Dabney Dabney Hadley, about this time, received a letter expressing his assur- a nce and determination f or a successful end to t he war. It was not to be. Not yet. The commander slipped out of the count count ry, leaving his troops to fend for themselves. We m ust never let that happen again. Running out of ammunition, the troops were captured and forced into the death march to Bataan. H e then was placed in POW Camp No. 501, w here he lived through unspeakable inhumane treatment for about two years. I n September 1944, he, along with approxi- m ately 1,780 other POWs, was crowded into the “foul and steamy” hold of the “hell ship” Arisan Maru, Maru, part of a Japanese merchant fleet. Torpedoed Torpedoed by an American submarine, the ship broke in half. In October October 1944, my mother received notification from the War Depart- m ent that all aboard were lost. (Five survivors survivors were later found.) T he letter continues: “Edmund Read Dabney Jr. stands with patriots w ho have dared to die that freedom might live and grow and increase its blessings. Freedom lives in a way that humbles humbles the undertaking of men.” Uncle Edmund was a f ine Christian man. I believe, had he sur- v ived the war, he would h ave forgiven those who had done such h orrible things to him. ( Note: The above written tribute was delivered by Bill Hadley Hadley to honor his hero and uncle, Edmund R ead Dabney Jr., on J uly 25, 2003, at the d owntown dedication of t he Dabney Office Com- plex at 212 Madison St.) Postscript Adirect descendant of pioneer Col. John D onelson, another daring daring patriot who, in part, was responsible for our enjoyment of this lush s ection of Tennessee, B ill Hadley’s Uncle E dmund grew up abs abs orbing Donelson’s faith and courage. He knew backwards and forwards the story of those 200-plus Virg Virg inia-born daredevils. D ecember 22, 1779, they pushed off into the icy Holston River from Revolution-era Fort P atrick Henry (now K ingsport, Tennessee). G rimly determined, these stout pioneers, encouraged by Col. Donelson in the lead f latboat, “Adventure,” had to have known t here would be hardships hardships ahead. And hardships hardships there were – too many to speak of here. But not as many and certainly not nearly as h orrid as those suffered through by Col. John’s ( three times) great grandson, Edmund Dabney Jr. While on the death march, Dabney s aw his comrades shot, bayoneted – oftentimes f or fun – sliced with Samurai swords, decapitated, decapitated, and run over by trucks. In Camp No. 501, the survivors were starved, beaten, humiliated. humiliated. Aboard the crowded crowded “hell ships,” many were asphyxiated. Indubitably, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, first in his graduating West Point class of 1903 a nd a celebrated wartime wartime hero, was a brilliant brilliant man. He is credit- e d with impressive military feats. Yet, in the Philippines after the P earl Harbor bombing, he was embarrassingly unprepared. Abandoning Abandoning his troops, he was ordered out of the country country by President Roosevelt. Roosevelt. Eisenhower said of h im, “He could never see another sun or m oon in the heavens as l ong as he was the sun.” Another “sun,” Japan Japan ese General Masaharu H omma, responsible for the grisly Bataan March that sacrificed countless lives – estimated estimated up to 20,000 – w as tried by a U.S. Mili Mili tary Tribunal and exec exec uted by a firing squad A pril 3, 1946. Continued from Page C1 Hero

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  1. The Leaf-Chronicle,
  2. 23 Jun 2014, Mon,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page C2

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