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Wichita Falls in Wichita County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Lost Battalion

 
 
The Lost Battalion Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 14, 2016
1. The Lost Battalion Marker
Inscription.  
To the Memory
of Those Honored Members of

The Lost battalion
native sons
members of the
2nd Battalion 131st Field Artillery
36th Infantry Division

On March 8, 1942, these gallant men were taken
prisoner by the Japanese on Java. Held
captive for three and one half years the living
members were released September 2 1945. To these
valiant men living and dead we offer our humble
gratitude August 1951

 
Erected 1951. (Marker Number 3130.)
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: HeroesPatriots & PatriotismWar, World II.
 
Location. 33° 54.726′ N, 98° 29.684′ W. Marker is in Wichita Falls, Texas, in Wichita County. Memorial is on 7th Street east of Travis Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker and monument are located in the center of the walkway leading to the Wichita County Courthouse main entrance on 7th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 7th Street, Wichita Falls TX 76301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
The Lost Battalion Memorial (<i>wide view; Wichita County Courthouse in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 14, 2016
2. The Lost Battalion Memorial (wide view; Wichita County Courthouse in background)
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of this marker. Texas Governor James V. Allred (a few steps from this marker); First County Officials (a few steps from this marker); Joseph Hudson Barwise (a few steps from this marker); Charlye Ola Farris (within shouting distance of this marker); The Wichita Falls Bank Robbery of 1896 (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Gorsline's Fashion Livery Stable (approx. 0.2 miles away); John F. O'Donohue (approx. Ό mile away); George Alonzo Soule (approx. Ό mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wichita Falls.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large metal tablet mounted vertically on a large, knee-high stone monument.
 
Also see . . .  Lost Battalion (Pacific, World War II). The men of the battalion, plus the survivors of the sunken ship USS Houston, were captured by the Japanese on the island of Java. The fate of the men was unknown to the United States until September 1944. They were prisoners of war for 42 months until the end of World War II. 534 soldiers from the battalion and 368 survivors of the Houston were taken prisoner. Most of the men were sent to Thailand to work on the Burma Railway, the building of which is portrayed in the film The Bridge on the River Kwai. Of the 902 soldiers and sailors taken captive, 163 died in captivity. Most of the prisoners of war were from western Texas. (Submitted on January 16, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 16, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 268 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 16, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Aug. 15, 2022