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surviving members USS Langley, WWII, Battle of the Coral Sea

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Re: surviving members USS Langley, WWII, Battle of the Coral Sea

Posted: 20 Aug 2009 7:38AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Donovan
While transferring the survivors in Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island, an air raid forced a hurried departure and, ij fact, one Langley officer was left ashore. He was Lt Cmdr Thomas Donovan. When the japanese took the Island on 31 March 1942, he was taken prisoner and interned along with the small remnant group of Europeans on the Island. The Indian troops in the small garrison had mutinied and murdered their British officers and comrades but spared Donovan and the civilians, who were treated as POWS for the remainder of the war. In 1943 food shortages forced a ransfer to the Celebes, where the camp conditions were very grim indeed. I have seen records that Donovan survived to be repatriated but I have not heard anything of his later life. How many Langley survivors lived to return to the US after the war?
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