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Returned mail sent to a World War II Marine who was captured on Corregidor and died in a Japanese prison camp by Sent by Mr. & Mrs A. Mikucki from Chicago to Private First Class Walter Mikucki at the Osaka Yodogawa Bunsho POW Camp in Japan - 1945 - from Read 'Em Again Books & Paper (SKU: 008825)

Returned mail sent to a World War II Marine who was captured on Corregidor and died in a Japanese prison camp

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Returned mail sent to a World War II Marine who was captured on Corregidor and died in a Japanese prison camp

by Sent by Mr. & Mrs A. Mikucki from Chicago to Private First Class Walter Mikucki at the Osaka Yodogawa Bunsho POW Camp in Japan

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1945. Very good. Envelope only, no letter.

The envelope was addressed to Private First Class Walter Mikucki at the Osaka Yodogawa Bunsho POW Camp in Japan. It has a typed "Prisoner of War Postage Free" free frank in the upper right corner and has received a Chicago "War Savings machine postmark dated Jan 13, 1944. The envelope was opened by a U.S. censor and resealed using censor tape annotated, "Examined by 6587." The address was subsequently obliterated with a red cross and black bands using grease pencil or crayon. It has a circular handstamp in the lower right corner dated Nov 20 1945 with text that appears to read "[LIBER]ATED HQ. USMC., WASH., D.C." There is a USMC "pointing finger" return-to-sender hand stamp that point to the return address.

Pfc. Mikucki was a member of the 4th Marine Regiment when, as war clouds rumbled in the Pacific, it was sent from China to Corregidor to defend Manila Bay in the Philippines. Shortly after its arrival, Japan launched its infamous sneak attack on Pearl Harbor and allied bases throughout the Pacific. Corregidor was bombed continuously from late December, 1941 until May 5, 1942 when an overwhelming force of Japanese soldiers landed on the island. After tanks were brought ashore the following day, Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright realized defeat was imminent and surrendered fearing the thousand or so wounded men and bedraggled defenders would be annihilated.

Although most of the 4th Marine Regiment had been killed, the remaining men were transported to prison camps in Japan. The Yodogawa Bunsho Camp near Osaka was one of the smallest Japanese prisoner of war camps, and records in the National Archives identify only 12 prisoners that were known to have been held there. Pfc. Mikucki's name is not on that list.

Other records show that Mikucki may also have been imprisoned at various times at the Itchioke, Chikko, and Umeda Bunsho camps. He died from unknown causes on March 11, 1943.

Clearly this information was not provided by the Japanese to the Red Cross as Mikucki's parents sent this letter ten months later.

Examples of mail sent to American prisoners held in Japan are very scarce, and this example may be unique for at the time of this listing, I find no mention in philatelic or ephemera auction records, in sale listings, or institutional holdings of other returned mail for Corregidor Marines who died in Japanese prisoner of war camps . Also, there is no mention of anything similar in Gruenzner's Postal History of pf American POWs.

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008825
Title
Returned mail sent to a World War II Marine who was captured on Corregidor and died in a Japanese prison camp
Author
Sent by Mr. & Mrs A. Mikucki from Chicago to Private First Class Walter Mikucki at the Osaka Yodogawa Bunsho POW Camp in Japan
Book condition
second hand - Very good
Quantity available
1
Date Published
1945
Bookseller catalogs
Military; History; Philately;

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We always have an inventory of unique Americana on hand, that is, we keep a selection of personal narratives such as diaries, work journals, correspondence collections, photograph albums, scrapbooks, and similar items that shed light on some aspect of North American life, history, culture, or society.We also have a nice selection of unusual ephemera and postal history items in stock as well. Member: Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, Ephemera Society, Manuscript Society, American Stamp Dealers Association, American Philatelic Society, U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, Military Postal History Society

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