Artifact Spotlight – POW Roster, The Philippines
Colonel Charles L. Steel was the commander of the 31st Infantry Regiment during the 1941-42 Philippines Campaign. The Museum collection contains a number of documents created by Steel during his time as a prisoner of war of the Japanese Army, including this decorated logbook. The roster begins with American officers being held at Tarlack, Philippines and continues through men who joined Steel at a POW camp in Karenko, Taiwan. Almost every man in the roster has autographed above his name, minus the top-ranking Generals, Wainwright, King and Moore. It contains American , British and Dutch officers, as well as enlisted men of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force and civilians.
Gift in memory of Col. Charles Lowndes Steel, 2010.527