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Remembering Philippine Scout Officers

In this issue of the PSHS email newsletter, we share some tidbits of history found around the online community. Happy Veterans' Day to all our veterans past and present.

1) Hal C. Granberry, 57th Infantry PS

Browsing around eBay, one would find many relics from the past. Currently there is an old mail letter cover that was mailed to Lt. Col. Hal Clark Granberry. He was the commanding officer of the 2nd battalion, 57th Infantry PS. He led the very successful and efficient clearing of Japanese forces at Longoskawayan Point, Bataan. Unfortunately he did not survive the war and died in the Brazil Maru hellship. The letter looks to have been mailed from Philadelphia in May 1943. There is a Japanese postal stamp on it but it may not have gone through and was sent back. Otherwise it wouldn’t have been preserved. There is a scribbled date of 5/3/44. Perhaps it was the date that it was returned. If only it could talk.

There is a website dedicated to Lt. Col. Granberry, possibly set up by a descendant:
Photo from the eBay auction listing
eBay item:
Longoskawayan Point on the southwest side of Bataan. Photo taken in 2013.

2) Thomas John Hall Trapnell,  26th Cavalry

I stumbled upon a genealogy website of a Byrne family. They are related to Thomas J. H. Trapnell, who was an officer in the 26th Cavalry PS. He survived the war and continued his service in the US Army, eventually commanding airborne troops and rising to the rank of Lt. General.

Byrne family genealogy:

The person who maintains the site gave me permission to share his history and PDF file that he put together telling Thomas Trapnell’s career and history.
Click to open or download:

3) Ed Ramsey,  26th Cavalry

There was an article about Ed Ramsey published in the October 2002 issue of the old Filipinas Magazine. The article was graciously scanned by Rochelle Luciano, and shared by Raqui Ramsey.

Click to view or download the article

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