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Army 1
1891 1
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Nathan H Cleaves 1
Level of Education: 1 year of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
1891 1
Maine 1

World War II 1

Army 1
Enlistment Date:
01 Apr 1946 1
Army Branch:
No branch assignment 1
Army Component:
Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
02365229 1
Enlistment Place:
Ft Preble Portland Maine 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the Panama Canal Department 1
Source of Army Personnel:
National Guard 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
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Box Number: 0024 1
Card Number: 9 1
Film Reel Number: 1.24 1

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MSgt Nathan Harry Cleaves

Philippine Islands

Master Sergeant Nathan Harry Cleaves

Portland, Maine, USA

24 Apr 1891 – 22 Oct 1965


15 Jul 1915 Texas City, Concho, Texas, USA  

Enlisted in U.S. Army as a Private, Serial Number 2365229


28 Oct 1918 France, U.S. Military Forces, Military and Naval Forces, USA  

Service Company 8th Infantry


4 Jul 1919 France, U.S. Military Forces, Military and Naval Forces, USA  

Regt.Sgt Major. Company C, 27th US Inf.


20 Jul 1923 Fort Surevon, Georgia  

Requested three month furlough to tour England, France, and Germany.


13 Aug 1923 Fort Surevon, Georgia  

Re-enlists in Service Company; 8th Infantry. Requested furlough granted.


1 Apr 1940 Sullivans Island, Charleston, South Carolina, United States  

Fort Moultrie and Station Hospital. SERIAL NUMBER 2365229


13 Aug 1941 Manila, Philippines  

Post Sergeant Major 31st US Infantry


7 May 1942

            Philippines, U.S. Military Forces, Military and Naval Forces, USA  

Prisoner of War: PW Camp #1 - Cabanatuan 1-2-3 Nueva Province Luzon Philippines 15-121 (MSgt, U.S. Army Infantry. Luzon Force 31st Inf Svc Co.)


31 Jan 1945  Philippines, U.S. Military Forces, Military and Naval Forces, USA "Individual has been reported through sources considered official. Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated."


Nathan was liberated from Camp Cabanatuan on 30 Jan 1945 along with 512 other prisoners of war, all survivors of the Bataan Death March, in a daring raid by 121 hand-selected members of the 6th Army Ranger Battalion who marched 30 miles in rugged terrain to reach the camp knowing full well that if their mission became known it was very likely that all the prisoners in the camp would be massacred.










Nathan was a maternal 4th cousin 2 times removed.

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