CLIFFORD LARSEN (19?? - 1945)
January 14, 2006
To answer your questions. my family is not related to any of the other Larsen's who were in STIC. However, there is an interesting story about Clifford Larsen. My father, Christian A. Larsen, was one of the four men, along with Grinnell, Duggleby, and E.E. Johnson who had the underground radio in STIC that communicated with the guerrilla's in the hiils. Japanese M.P's and platoons of solders arrested Grinnell, Duggleby and Johnson on December 23, 1944 and seized Clifford Larsen instead of my father.
As we know, the Japanese took the four men to Fort Santiago; tortured them and beheaded them on or about January 15 three weeks before STIC was liberated. It was indeed a case of mistaken identity as A.V.H. Hartendorp alluded to in his book "The Santo Tomas Story". My condolences to Clifford Larsen's family.
I will search for pictures of my family before, during and immediately after our experiences at STIC.
Chris Larsen Jr.
or would like to be added to my POW/Interneed e-mail distribution list,
please me, Tom Moore know.