Frank Raymond LaSage, Sr.
Frank Raymond LaSage, Jr.
Juanita Ann LaSage
Ruth Elizabeth LaSage (1896 - 1987)

August 8, 2005

My husband Frank LaSage was only 6 when he was liberated with his Father Ray LaSage and his Step-Mother Ruth, (who came into the camp, voluntarily, to marry Ray.) And Ann LaSage, my husband's sister.

My husband Frank is a painting contractor and had an interesting encounter on a job site back in the mid 1980s. I guess Frank met the American soldier that was in the first tank that broke through the wall at Santo Tomas. At the time the tank broke through, a Japanese soldier with a live grenade ran toward the building where all the internees we being held and underneath which, the Japanese stored many 55 gallon drums of gasoline. Though this American soldier was not the one who shot and killed the Japanese soldier before he could blow up the building, with all the prisoners inside, he was in that first named tank. My husband tells me that he had the great privilege of thanking this brave veteran for saving his life and the lives of so many others.

Another memory of Frank's is the rice that that was always infested with worms and the kids hanging around the kitchen clamoring to get the used pots so they could eat the burned rice that was stuck to the bottom.

He also remembers the Guthrie family, the Leland family, the Riffle family and the Eldridge family. Do you have information on any of these people? Also, for those who may be interested, a biography was written about Frank's mother, and it has several chapters about the war and their time in the internment camp. It is called...
"Pilgrim Of The Night" by Blance Palmer

You can Google the book, as it is hard to find.

Thank you,

Catherine LaSage
Eugene, Oregon. USA

If you would like to share any information about the LaSage Family
or would like to be added to my POW/Interneed e-mail distribution list,
please me, Tom Moore know.

Background music to this
page can be controlled here.
"Yin Nian Hao"
<bgsound src="yin_nian_hao.mid" loop=infinite>

Back to the Santo Tomas Home Page