A recent visitor to PortraitsofWar was kind enough to send along some info on a local Guilford, CT veteran who passed away a few years back. He was a Bataan Death March survivor, photographer, and member of the 16th Infantry Division. Special thanks to Chistina Schaefer for providing the info and scans.
Richard Sperry Chapman, 1915-1976. Guilford native, photographer and POW. After graduating from high school in Guilford in 1934, Dick made the Army his career. In 1941 he was a member of the 16th Infantry Division, the “Golden Water Buffalo” Division. In 1941 he was stationed on the island of Luzon, Philippine Islands.
He survived the Bataan Death March, one of only three of 500 men in his battalion to do so.
He was incarcerated in Bilibid POW camp where he was tortured and starved. He was later transferred to Cabana Tuan were he was tortured and starved.
Just before the end of the war he was rescued in a daring raid led by Col. Henry Mucci and his raiders of the Sixth Army Ranger Battalion.