We had some very good bridge games at Cabanatuan which [Col. Sullivan] enjoyed greatly.
One other thing. He wrote a letter of commendation about me, recommending further promotion - as a result of my handling of the evacuation to Mariveles. . . . that letter of commendation went to the bottom of Subic Bay when I swam ashore from the burning Oryoku Maru (photos, story).
GRS Company stands for "Graves Registration Service Company. We had 100 Philippine Scouts which you may know are regular U. S. Army personnel.
The Palm Beach Post 10 Jan 2006, page 4B
Major Albert L. Duke Fullerton of Lake Park, Florida, a decorated World War II veteran, passed away peacefully at home on January 6, 2006, at the age of 92.
He was the husband of Alice Louise Fullerton and also the late Florence Farrington Fullerton. On November 5, 1913, Duke was born in Mars, Pennsylvania to Alexander S. Fullerton and Myrtle Dean Fullerton. Major Fullerton lived in Rochester, New York during his adolescence. He spent 13 years in military. He made Lake Park, Florida his permanent residence in 1955.
Major Fullerton is predeceased by four of his brothers: Dean, Charles, Paul and William. Major Fullerton is survived by his spouse of 16 years, Alice Louise Fullerton, brother James of Birmingham, Alabama and numerous nieces and nephews. While Major Fullerton had no children of his own, he considered Alice's family as his adopted family with six surviving children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
As a member of the United States military for 13 years, which included two years with the Naval Reserve, seven years with the United States Army, and four years of Civil Service, Major Fullerton was stationed in the Philippines at Ft. William McKinley at the outset of World War II. He was a survivor of the infamous Bataan Death March, a 75-mile forced march that resulted in the death of approximately 800 Americans. Major Fullerton spent approximately three and one-half years as a Japanese prisoner of war and suffered many atrocities at the hands of his captors. By the time of his release more than 80 percent of Major Fullerton's fellow captives had perished. He was awarded the Bronze star, the Prisoner of War Medal, the Philippine Defense Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation with two oak leaf clusters, and the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Medal with two stars.
After enduring eight years of hospitalization and medical treatment subsequent to his release, Major Fullerton served as Deputy Director of the Department of Civil Defense in Palm Beach County until 1976. In his retirement Major Fullerton was an avid golfer and continued to remain very active in the community. Some of the organizations the Major belonged to include the Palm Beach Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, Battling Bastards of Bataan, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9610, Military Order of Foreign Wards, American Legion, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Disabled American Veterans, Moose Lodge No. 2469 and parishioner of First Presbyterian Church of North Palm Beach.
Major Fullerton's viewing will be held at NORTHWOOD FUNERAL HOME, 5608 Broadway, West Palm Beach, Florida on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 from 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 717 Prosperity Farms Road, North Palm Beach, Florida on Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 3:30 p.m. Major Fullerton's burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia (date and time to be announced). In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Fullerton requests any donations be sent to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 33407