November 27, 2004

My uncle, Ballard King Yeates, was a survivor of the Bataan Death March, but later died in Cabanatuan Prison Camp. Would you have an information on him or anyone who might have known him?

Ballard was born May 22, 1922 in Nibley, Utah. he died July 29, 1942 in Cabanatuan prison camp.

He was the 4th child in a family of 6. His oldest sister was taking care of their mother while his father worked. His older sister was a WAVE (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service - A member of the women's reserve of the U.S. Navy, organized during World War II, but now no longer a seperate branch.). His older brother was also in the army, his next to younger brother was in the Air Corp, and his youngest brother was in the Navy.

Ballard became a POW of the Japanese; his brother (in the Air Corp) was shot down over France and became a POW of the Germans. When Ballard’s father heard that 2 of his sons were listed as POW’s, he had a heart attack and died. Later, telegrams were sent telling of the death of Ballard, and later the liberation of his brother from the German POW camp.

Let me know if there's anything else you might need. I'll work on getting a picture of Ballard. Thanks,


If you would like to share any information about Ballard King Yeates
or if you would like to be added to my POW/Internee e-mail distribution list,
please let the me, Tom Moore, know.

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