He was captured after the Battle of Corregidor Bay and spent the rest of the war in a Japanese Prisoner of war camp. At the time of his rescue he was listed among the men on the rolls as Rokuroshi Camp along with 356 other men. Among the most treasured possession my grandmother kept from his time at the camp was a large dictionary. In it were the signatures of men at the camp, as well as sketches of daily life. My mother let the Historian from the ADA at Ft. Bliss see this a few years ago, and because of this several men who were previously known as MIA were found as being with my grandfather as POW’s.
For his actions in battle Charles R Arvin was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
As we take time to remember all of those who gave their lives and fought for our freedoms in WWII, I want to take a moment to remember a man I never knew, but heard so much about.
* Image for award is from the Military Times Hall of Valor