Thursday, September 5, 2019

Bataan Death March Victim Comes Home

The city of Pearl issued the following statement. 




Pearl Police will be closing Airport Rd. from Hwy 80 to I-20 east around noon on Thursday, Sept. 5. as they escort the remains of PFC Harvey Andrew Nichols from the airport to the city line. PFC Nichols is returning home to be buried after 77 years thanks to new DNA testing that helped identify his remains. PFC Nichols is from Braxton and died as a POW in the Philippines at the age of 27 on Nov. 19, 1942.

Service and additional information:
Harvey’s awards consist of the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Prisoner of War Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal and Philippine Defense Ribbon.



There is an open invitation from the family for visitation and services for PFC Nichols.

Visitation will be Friday, September 6, 2019 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at Colonial Chapel of Mendenhall: 3077 Simpson Hwy 13, Mendenhall, MS 39114

Services will be Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10:00 am at Calvary Baptist Church: 5110 US Hwy 49, Braxton, MS 39044

Harvey was born April 5, 1915 to Mattie and Andrew Nichols. He was from Braxton, MS and joined the Army January 9, 1940. He was in the Philippine Islands when the Japanese invaded the islands on December 8, 1941 and was taken prisoner. He was in the Bataan Death March that day and lived to make it to the prison camp. According to historical camp records Harvey dies on November 19, 1942 from malaria and mal-nutrition at the age of 27.

 Kingfish note: Welcome home, hero.  You are finally among friends. 



14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Mr. President.

Anonymous said...

I am so grateful for his family to have this closure! Even after all these years and then seeing a flag draped coffin with this remains enclosed will bring many to tears. Thank you PFC Nichols for paying the ultimate sacrifice for your country under our flag!

Anonymous said...

Every American citizen, especially the young, should have to read about the Bataan Death March.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bataan_Death_March

Anonymous said...

@9:04
Bataan Death March, Rape of Nanking, Unit 731, etc. Japan tortured and murdered millions and was far worse than the Germans. For some reason Hollywood doesn't keep us reminded about Japanese atrocities. China, Korea, and the Philippines have plenty of movies about Japanese WW2 occupation.

Anonymous said...

God rest his soul.

John Grisham's latest novel, "The Reckoning," refers to Bataan Death March. The description is unbearable.

Anonymous said...

Welcome home hero!

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Anonymous said...

I dated a girl in high school whose father survived the Bataan Death March and subsequent imprisonment. He was a real quiet guy, but a stone-cold alcoholic.

Imagine that.

Anonymous said...

He was a real quiet guy, but a stone-cold alcoholic.


How is his addiction a salient point?

You just had to impugn the survivor.

Imagine that.

Anonymous said...

I knew a man who survived the death march only to be tortured in a prisoner of war camp for years. Obviously he didn’t talk much of it as it was too painful but what little he told was horrible.

Anonymous said...

@2:35, I don’t think 1:52 was impugning the survivor. His point was that the guy was scarred for life. That’s why the alcoholism was salient to his comment.

Anonymous said...

Welcome Home Soldier. Job well done. Thanks to JJ for the added wartime media as well.

Anonymous said...

Thank you 2:35

You got my point. No way would I condemn a man who suffered as much as he did. For example, he and two others escaped during the march and hid in the jungle for a couple of weeks. They watched what insects and berries the birds ate. That helped but the malaria and bad water took its toll.

When the Japs recaptured the trio, they immediately beat one of them to death. The other two were tied to ropes on the POW ship and dragged in the sea for a day.

And the mistreatment didn't stop there.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for including the researched historical articles!

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