1942 — 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
Service Company 8th Infantry
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.
Fort Moultrie and Station Hospital. SERIAL NUMBER 2365229
13 Aug 1941 Manila, Philippines
Post Sergeant Major 31st US Infantry
7 May 1942
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.