Joseph Spano

I sent this email in 2010 hoping to find out some information on my cousin Joseph Spano.  Below is information in my original email of the camps he was at. Any information on his unit or fellow soldiers would greatly be appreciated. Dear Sir, My cousin Joseph Spano died on December 22, 2001.He was born and raised and died in Tampa Florida.  He is listed in the Korean War Ex- Prisoners of War book written by a David Polk as a POW.  My cousin  never really talked much about his POW experience except once in awhile when he would say something and then would back off. The only document I have is a debriefing affidavit that was conducted in March of 1954 in Tampa Florida by a Captain Roger R Foeley at a Army Reserve Center. In this affidavit he said he was captured May 19, 1951 by the Chinese but did not know exact place of capture. He goes on to say they marched him and other POW’S for about 3 weeks and came to a place they called Camp Pines during this time he could not see.  He says that he departed this camp sometime in July 1951 and marched again for about 3 weeks coming to a Camp they called Mining Camp. From this camp he went to Pak Tong Hospital where he was given medical treatment. He left around October of 1951 and was sent to camp 2 where he stayed until he was released August 28, 1953. I looked on your website but Joe is not listed in camp 2.  If you or any other members have any information on him I would love to communicate with them.   I did communicate with one of your members back in 2001 who said that Joe may have been at the May Massacre that happen in 1951. I do know that he and only about 6 other guys survived the attack when he was captured everyone else was killed.  Joe was a BAR guy Browning Automatic Rifle. He might have been in Fox Company not sure. I am a Deputy Sheriff and anyone can email me.  I miss Joe he took a lot of time with me to show me how to shoot guns and I will never forget him. He was VERY patriotic. I was born in 1952 and was given his name as my middle...
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Colonel Ralph Parker Dixon Jr.

Colonel Ralph Parker Dixon Jr., USA Retired passed away on Monday, November 9. I have attached his obituary with the permission of his daughter, Janet Dixon Nardone. This soldier was captured on April 25, 1951 and was in Camps #3, #5, and #2 until his release on September 4, 1953. Like many of those who served in Korea, Colonel Dixon went on to live a full life in the service of his country.   Obituary, Ralph Parker Dixon Jr....
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Paul T. O’Dowd LTC

Captured in Hoengsong North Korea Feb 12 1951 was one of the last to cross “Freedoms Bridge”… the “Bridge of No Return” Sep 6 1953.  Declared a KIA but Came home Paul T. O’Dowd LTC. US Army Ret.  American Hero Patriot, and my dad passed away at his home.   He will be interned  at Arlington VA.  with Full Military Honors, Dec 3 2015. 3:30 pm .  Any one wishing to attend please respond to the family.   Thank you in advance for disseminating this to other POW’s.  ...
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Martin Joseph Tullio

TIGER CALLED TO GLORY Martin Joseph Tullio was called to Glory today (October 19, 2015) at 7:43 AM.  He was at his home at 38509-251stPlace S.E. Emumclaw, WA 98022-6808. He leaves his wife for life, Carolrae and many children and Grandchildren and assorted relatives.  They will all be identified when I get the Obit. Martin was a member of A Company, 34th Infantry Regiment of the 24thInfantry Division and went with his unit from Japan to Korea during the first week of fighting in that war in July 1950.  At the time he was a Private of Infantry and was released at a Private First Class. Martin (Marty) was captured by elements of the North Korean Army on July 10, 1950 in South Korea.  He was a Prisoner of War for over 37 months and was released on August 30, 1953. He was held by both the North Koreans and later by the Chinese Army.  He was on the Tiger Death March where 89 were shot to death.  Marty saw 58% of the Tiger Survivors perish mostly under the North Koreans. While a POW Martin always helped his fellow Prisoners of War and carried them on the march. Martin is gone from us now to a better place I am sure.  He will join other Tiger Survivors and help build our encampment in Glory. RIP Martin Tullio a great friend in life. Shorty the...
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Colonel John J. Dunn

For a long time now an attempt to cause the MOH to be awarded to Colonel John J. Dunn has been undertaken by relatives and some of the Tiger Survivors.  This project has taken a large step in the past few days and the paperwork is on its way to Washington. Colonel Dunn, then a Major, was captured after being shot two times in the jaw and face area.  Despite his wounds he took over command of the group from the 24th Infantry Division (mostly).  Such action would normally mean death at some point.  The North Koreans were killing a lot of POWs in those days.  ( Much like today except they are killing their own people) This group of POWs came to be known as the Tiger Survivors. 58 % perished in captivity.  81 multi national civilians were with us as well. All through this terrible ordeal Major Dunn was held responsible for the entire group.  He organized the group into sections as allowed by the North Korans.  This  was an important part of our survival.  Many many other things happened along the way as you can well imagine. The most outstanding incident regarding Major Dunn was when some Chinese and Russian Army officers came to our camp in the spring of 1951.  They had a meeting with Major Dunn and Captain Boysen (Medical Doctor).  Ironically the Tiger was not invited.  Apparently news of the Tiger atrocities had reached the outside world and these Russians and Chinese officers were investigating this. (in my humble opinion). During this meeting ( remember 220 of us had died the previous winter at Hanjang-nee including an American Bishop Patrick Byrne), Major Dunn took a chance thinking he could stop the killings and deaths among our group, and told them about the activities of the Tiger.  Major Dunn actually thought this would cause his death but instead the Tiger was actually relieved of his command and departed with all the NK guards and officers who were considered the bad ones.  In the fall of 1951 we were turned over to the Chinese Army POW camps at Chang Song North Korea.  The officers were taken to the officers camp.  Only 10 more of us died under Chinese control and the cause of death was brought with them from the Koreans. Major Dunn was a tough man and used to box bare knuckle to get...
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