Christian Rebecca Saalman, Otis' daughter, writes:
My mother joined the Army Nurses Corp after over a year of not knowing his [Otis']
fate. They were married on July 4, 1941 and Dad left for the Philippines shortly
after. At first, the Army wouldn't accept her because she was married. So she had
her marriage annuled and tried again. She was in Germany April 1, 1945 when she
recieved the letter mailed in Manila in December shortly before he boarded the Oriku
Maru. It was retreived from a mailbag floating in the ocean, no doubt from a "downed"
The Saalman Hollow preserve is 100 acres, 60 of which came from this farm and 40
of which was added later from an adjacent neighbor, Randall Pollard. He is also
a distant cousin, now deceased.
The incident of Dad swimming to Corregidor is not true as you will see in this story.
But many who escaped did swim. An incident he used to tell that I remember was about
smuggling a chicken into camp by passing it overhead to the guy who was just checked
while the much shorter guard was checking (frisking) the next prisoner. They had
to hold their hands up while being checked. I was just a child then so perhaps Steve
can remember it better.
I've enjoyed reading your site and really appreciate the time and effort you are
giving it. I have been trying to piece together information to pass to my grandchild,
and nieces and nephews. It would be noce if we all could get together for a reunion.
My moms side has one every odd year in Branson, MO. Thanks so much for all your