Stoughton Area Veterans Memorial Park: World War II: Marcia Gates

© Photographed May 5, 2018
Dedicated October 2017
Sponsored by Otis Sampson, American Legion Post 59
Stoughton, Dane County, Wisconsin
42°56'23.4"N 89°14'45.9"W
42.939842, -89.246084
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Lieutenant Marcia Gates was captured and imprisoned as a prisoner of war at the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in the Philippines for three years. In December 1941, the Japanese invaded the Philippines and defeated the occupation forces. Lt. Gates, an Army nurse originally from Stoughton, Wisconsin, chose to stay with the wounded servicemen instead of being evacuated. Together all POWs were shipped to Manila and separated. The men were sent to Bilibid and the women to Santo Tomas. 
The camp at Santo Tomas had over 4,000 POWs who suffered from hunger, vermin, disease, and poor sanitation. Escape attempts meant immediate execution. Food shortages, including no meat after August 1943, along with disease and inclement weather, decimated the prisoners' ranks before they could be rescued by the U.S. Army on February 3, 1945. Lt. Gates was freed and flown home on February 11, 1945.
The memorial is located at Stoughton Area Veterans Memorial Park, accessible from westbound County Highway B, at its intersection with Country Club Road, Stoughton, Wisconsin 53589.

 The memorial is located at Stoughton Area Veterans Memorial Park.

The memorial is located in Stoughton, Wisconsin.

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