Causey, Charles Benjamin, Sr., MSgt

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Primary Unit
1942-1944, POW Japan
Service Years
1923 - 1944
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Master Sergeant

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Robert Bruce McClelland, Jr. to remember Causey, Charles Benjamin, Sr., MSgt.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Conway, South Carolina
Last Address

Casualty Date
Oct 24, 1944
Hostile, Died while Captured
Intentional Homicide
South China Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II FallenBattling Bastards of Bataan
  2013, World War II Fallen
  2016, Battling Bastards of Bataan

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
94th Pursuit Squadron1st Pursuit GroupFar East Air ForcesPOW Japan
  1930-1930, 94th Pursuit Squadron
  1930-1930, 1st Pursuit Group
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 751, Department of the Air Force, Pentagon
  1941-1942, Far East Air Forces
  1942-1944, POW Japan
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Bataan Death March
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-36 Hawk  P-35 Seversky  P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  
  1940-1940, P-36 Hawk
  1941-1941, P-35 Seversky
  1941-1942, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
MSgt. Causey  first enlisted in the US Army in 1923 but at some point had a break in service as he enlisted again Dec 7, 1939.

On Dec 7, 1941, he was the flightline maintenance chief of the 20th Air Base Gp. at Nichols Field. When the defenders of Bataan surrendered, he went on the Death March. During the March, a Japanese guard wounded him.

In October 1944 Causey, along with about 1,800 other Americans, was packed aboard the Japanese "Hell Ship" Arisan Maru for transport to Japan. On Oct 24, a U.S. submarine torpedoed and sank the Arisan Maru in the South China Sea. Causey, along with nearly all of the U.S. POWs aboard, died in the attack. One account says that he was shot by a Japanese guard.


His remains were not recovered. He is memorialized in Manila and also at Centenary United Methodist Church Cemetery, Conway, SC.

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