Joseph F. Monfort was born December 22, 1918 in Skiatook, Oklahoma. The family lived in Oklahoma and Kansas before moving to Arizona. Joseph F. Monfort enlisted in the U.S. Army prior to World War II. While serving with F. Battery 59th Coastal Artillery (Harbor Defense) on Corregidor, Philippines was captured by the Japanese on May 6, 1942.
Joseph F. Monfort was transported by the Japanese to Manila Bay and then to Bilibid Prison where he was packed in WW II “40 & 8” (40 men or 8 horses) little boxcars about one hundred men to a boxcar, and moved to Cabanatuam. About a month later he was moved to a camp call Calantauam #3.
Conditions were horrible with 40 to 50 men dying everyday from disease. In 1944 the Americans began an offensive and were getting closer and closer to the Philippines forcing the Japanese to evacuate the American Prisoners of War to Japan. On July 1, 1944 the American POW’s were put on old ships. Some 1,500 POW’s packed like sardines, with very little water and food. Dysentery and diarrhea was normal for everyone on the ships.
The ships left Manila Bay and joined a convoy on its way to Formosa. Several of the ships in the Japanese convoy were attacked by U.S. submarines, and sunk some of the freighters transporting the POW’s. After arriving in Japan the POW’s were sent to Forced Labor Camps working in mines, 10-12 hour shifts a day, seven days a week. With very little food, suffering from malnutrition, disease, abuse, and torture Joseph F. Monfort died while in captivity on January 17, 1945.
After WWII ended Pvt. Joseph F. Monfort’s body was taken from Japan and returned to the United States. On January 26, 1969 Pvt. Joseph F. Monfort’s body was buried in plot C1639, The National Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii.
Pvt. Monfort’s Military Decorations
Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal w/Bronze Campaign Star, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal w/ Bronze Campaign Star, World War II Victory Medal, (3) Distinguished Unit Citations, Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, Philippine Defense Medal w/Bronze Star, Philippine Liberation Medal, Philippine Independence Medal.
William R. Talcott
On June 14, 2016 William R. “Bill” Talcott was elected into the VFW Post 9400 Honor Wall. The Honor Wall recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the welfare of Post 9400, the Veteran community and the community at large.
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Awards and Honors
In 2016 Bill was selected from among more than 1,000 volunteers and named “Volunteer of the Year” by the Phoenix VA Healthcare System.
Inducted into the Central Michigan University “ROTC Hall of Fame” in 2014. This was based on his military service and his service outside the Army.
“Cootie of the Year for Arizona” (out of about 400 Cooties) in 2015 for service to hospitalized Veterans.
Bill was inducted into the 16th Class of “Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame” in 2016. The Hall recognizes and honors Arizona Veterans who have honorably served their country through their military service and who serve and inspire their fellow American citizens with civic deeds and accomplishments outside their military service.
Capt. Talcott’s Military Decorations
Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars for Valor, one Bronze Star for Service, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Ranger Tab and Parachute Badge.