Louis N. Curtis
M/Sgt, E Co. 2nd BAQ, Corregidor, Phillipines, Sondhi, Japan, POW, USMC
Master Sergeant LouIs N. Curtis is a member of the US Marine Corps. Here are the facts about his years of service with the Marines.
Joined At Age 20, Apr. 1939 in the State of Washington
Boot Camp, San Diego, Ca, one year
Marine Corps Bandsman - Sax/Clarinet
Embassy Guard Band, Peiping, China, May, 1940. One year
Transferred to Shanghai, 4th Regiment, 71 Officers, 1400 Enlisted Men
Left Nov., 1941, arrived Alangpo, PI
There Dec. 7 - Japs bombed Pearl Harbor
6 Mos. Combat, E. Co., 2nd BAQ - Corregedor
Surrendered to Japs, May 6, 1942
POW, Survived 42 Months
In Prison, Sondhi, Japan at End of War.
Arrived USA, Oct. 1945.
Rejoined Marine Corps, Oct. 1946
Quantico, VA. - Cherry Point - Camp Le Jeune
Camp LeJeune - 1955 - 1969
Retired, Assistant Bandmaster, E-7, M.Sgt.
How did he survive Jap POW camps? Never smoked or drank. His buddies offered one fourth of their meager food allowance for one cigarette.This extra little bit of food helped keep him alive While others didn't make it.
Louis N. Curtis, now in his eighties, plays the Sax in small bands in Central Florida for Retirees.
----- Submitted by a friend Thomas Arnold
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