SHIP'S COOK FIRST CLASS
WILLIAM HENRY "SONNY" POSEY (NSN: 2622622)
CREW MEMBER OF PT-41
DURING EVACUATION OF GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR
FROM CORREGIDOR, PHILIPPINES

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Ship's Cook First Class SC1C William Henry "Sonny" Posey (NSN: 2622622) was a crew member of PT-41 which was one of four PT Boats which took part in the evacuation of General Douglas MacArthur and his party from Corregidor on 11 March 1942. PT-41 was commanded byLt. John Duncan Bulkeley. See below for crew details.

Ship's Cook "Sonny" Posey had named his pet monkey "General Tojo". Arthur MacArthur, the General's young son played with the money during the perilous journey from Corregidor to Mindanao.

 


Photo 15 April 1942:- via Robert W. Posey

William H. Posey was incorrectly show as William G. Posey
in his High School alumni WWII casualties list.

 

PT 41
Lt. John Duncan Bulkeley
Ensign George Emerson Cox, Jr. (NSN: 0-96582)
Chief Torpedoman James Dawson Light (NSN: 3820056)
Chief Pharmacist's Mate John Xavier Balog (NSN: 2070748)
Chief Machinist's Mate Morris W. Hancock (NSN: 2912571)
Machinist's Mate First Class John Lincoln Tuggle (NSN: 2657429)
Chief Quartermaster DeWitt Leslie Glover (NSN: 3758436)
Chief Torpedoman James Dawson Light (NSN: 3820056)
Machinist's Mate First Class John Lawless
Boatswain's Mate First Class John Shambora (NSN: 2432196)
Radioman Second Class Stewart Willever (NSN: 2235302)
Radioman Third Class Harry Preston Tripp (NSN: 2017664)
Chief Machinist's Mate Carl Clay Richardson (NSN: 3559110)
Ship's Cook First Class William Henry Posey (NSN: 2622622)
General Tojo" - The cook's pet monkey
General Douglas MacArthur
Mrs Jean MacArthur
Arthur MacArthur IV
Ah Cheu (Arthur's nurse)
General Richard D. Sutherland (ASN: 0-4623), Chief of Staff
Captain Herbert James Ray (NSN: 0-8639), Chief of Staff for Admiral Rockwell
Lieutenant Colonel Sidney L. Huff, Aide (ASN: 0-8900004)
Major C. H. Morehouse, Medical Officer

 

William Henry Posey was awarded the Silver Star as follows:-

GENERAL ORDERS:
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Order No. 43 (March 15, 1942) & Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 306 (September 1942)

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Army Award) (Posthumously) to Ship's Cook First Class William Henry Posey (NSN: 2622622), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving with Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron THREE (MTB-3), from 11 to 13 March 1942, in the Philippine Islands during a extraordinary action in a retrograde maneuver involving General Douglas MacArthur. With marked skill and coolness, Ship's Cook First Class Posey performed this mission of major strategic importance and of a most hazardous nature in the face of greatly superior enemy forces. His conduct throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Military Forces of the United States.

 

William Henry Posey was captured by the Japanese and is listed on the Tablets of the Missing in the Manila American Cemetery as having died on 17 December 1945 after being listed as "Missing in Action or Buried at Sea on 17 November 1945.

 

REFERENCES

"Southern Greens - They Were Expendable"

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Robert W. Posey, nephew of William Henry Posey, for his assistance with this web page.

 

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