25 years ago, on January 14, 1990, Lieutenant Colonel Loyd Edward Mills passed away. He left an amazing story and legacy behind.
He was a leader:
- Commanded C Co., 57th Infantry (PS) and defended Bataan against the relentless assaults of the Japanese Imperial Army - Western States Chapter, American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor from 1976-77 - Co-founder of the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society
He was a survivor:
- Survived the Bataan Death March - Survived the bombing of the hellship Oryoku Maru - Survived the attack on the hellship Enoura Maru - Although he had to be carried off of the hellship Brazil Maru, he survived. - Survived Japanese POW camps in Japan and Korea.
After two tours in Japan, Loyd retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserves, in 1960.
During his Army career, he received the:
- Presidential Unit Citation w/3 Oak Leaf Clusters - Bronze Star w/Oak Leaf Cluster - Purple Heart - POW Medal - Army Commendation Ribbon - American Campaign w/1 Star - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign w/3 stars - Army Occupation Forces Medal - WWII Victory Medal - Philippine Defense Medal w/1 star - Philippine Liberation Medal - Philippine Independence Medal - Philippine Military Merit Medal - Philippine Gold Cross
In 1964, he graduated from California State College, Fullerton, CA and became a probation officer in Riverside, CA.
Let us not forget this leader, survivor, and friend.
Lt. Col. Loyd Mills' grouping consists of his insignia (including a Japanese-made Philippine Division patch), medals, hats, a cross-stitched 57th Infantry (PS) insignia, a photo of all the 57th Inf. (PS) officers present in August 1941 and more.
His medals hang above the right chest pocket. It includes the Bronze Star w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, POW Medal, Bataan Medal (New Mexico National Guard), the Philippine Military Merit Medal, the Philippine Gold Cross, Philippine Defense Medal w/1 star, Philippine Liberation Medal, Philippine Independence Medal. A Japanese-made Combat Infantryman Badge is above the ribbons.