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Jan. 15, 2013

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 1:43 pm, Tue Nov 5, 2013.

From the Jan. 25, 1945 News Record:

Two Gillette men, Pfe. Kenneth Lindsey, USMC and Technical Sgt. Robert Birdsall have sent word to their relatives from their prison camps in the Philippines. The message from Kenneth was addressed to his mother, Mrs. Laura Lindsey of Sheridan. He said he was well and requested tobacco and concentrated food packages. The requests cannot be met since the Japanese government does not list these articles as permissible for prisoners of war. He asked that his brother, Archie Lindsey and Mrs. Lindsey write, so it is probable that word that his brother is in the service has never reached him. He is in prison camp 10-A. Lindsey was on Corregidor at the outbreak of the war. The card from T. Sgt. Robert B. Birdsall was addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Barnes. It came from prison camp No. 2. The card said little but that he was well and requested letters and greetings be sent to his friends. It is understood that Birdsall is carried officially by the war department as missing at the present time, since it is possible he was on a prison vessel recently torpedoed in action in the South Pacific. These cards are said to take six to eight months in transit.

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