Abie Abraham - Ghost of Bataan - An American hero. His 98th Birthday party





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Uploaded on Jul 31, 2011

Abie Abraham passed March 22, 2012

Some of you may know his name. Most of you will know his deeds. All of you will appreciate his sacrifice. Abie Abraham; survivor, patriot and hero. Author of "Ghost of Bataan Speaks" and "Oh God Where Are You?" celebrated his 98th birthday Sunday, July 31, 2011 at his home.

I had the great honor of being personally invited to this event by a mutual friend and Korean war veteran, Andy Kovacs, author of the book "Chosin-Marine-Changjin". Other honorable guests in attendance were "Rocky" Bleier, vietnam war veteran, former Pittsburgh Steeler (American football star), motivational speaker, author of the book "Fighting Back" (www.rockybleier.com) and Lt. Donald Roenigk. Lt. Roenigk recently finished his 4 year commitment to the U.S. Marine Corps with service in Afganistan. Lt. Roenigk, and his family are all friends of mine; in fact this is the second flag presentation which he's been instrumental in providing to our war hero's.

I have to say that this was a fantastic celebration of a great guy with good people. I'm sorry the video quality isn't quit what I expected...Maybe my camera is finally "giving up the ghost".

Abie Abraham was born in Lyndora, Pa July 31, 1913. He enlisted in the army in 1932. S/Sgt. Abie Abraham was stationed during WWII with the 18th infantry in New York; 3 years with the 14th infantry in Panama, there he was a light-weight boxing champ and trainer; 15th Infantry, unassigned in China; while the USS Panay was sunk, Dec.12, 1937 (usspanay.org), 30th Infantry, Presidio, San Francisco; 31st Infantry, Manila, Philippines, there for nine years. He fought , was captured, endured the Bataan Death March as a POW for three and a half years, was beaten, stabbed, shot, survived malaria and starvation to be rescued by the 6th Rangers. He stayed behind at the request of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, two and a half more years disinterring the bodies of his fallen comrades, from the Death March and the prison camps. He helped to identify their bodies and see that they were properly laid to rest. M/Sgt Abraham was promoted in 1945. He came back to the U.S, where he served as a recruiter. He also served a few more years in Germany until his retirement, with 30 years of service. As an author, he wrote his first book "Ghost of Bataan Speaks" in 1971. He wrote his second book "Oh God Where Are You?" His intent with both books was to give the reader and the public a better understanding of what happened to our brave men at the hands of the Japanese as POW's. Information source: www.ghostofbataan.com

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