Frederick Arts Council to Present “Rescue from Los Banos Internment Camp” program


Patty Croft with a GI a couple of weeks after her 11th Airborne Rescue from the Los Banos Interment Camp in the Philippines

The Frederick Arts and Humanities Council and the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team are proud to present a very unique opportunity to meet and hear from an actual Japanese internment camp prisoner.

On Friday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m. in Frederick, the Ramona Theater will host Patty Gene Croft, now Patty Stevens, who was held in the Japanese POW camp at Los Banos for three years in the Philippines, along with her mother and brother.

All 2,147 internees were about to be executed when the 11th Airborne Division, along with other forces, raided the camp and freed the prisoners on Feb 23, 1945.

A film with actual footage of the Los Banos rescue will be shown, and Mrs. Croft-Stevens will be on stage to comment and narrate the film. Following the film, she will be interviewed by Tillman County native Robert McDonald, who later served in the 11th Airborne.

Mrs. Croft-Stevens will also take questions from the audience.

Following the program punch and cookies will be offered at the Lois Long.

In addition, the audience will be treated to the lovely voices of Laura Goodwin, member and Founder of the New Andrews Sisters, and Faith Phillips, a member of “Operation Meatball”. The group is a trio of sisters who are dedicated to honoring WWII Veterans.

Her lovely sisters Liberty and Jubilee will also be in attendance and helping us host Mrs. Croft.

The program is free and open to the public and precedes the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team’s Open Hangar Day, which will be held the following day at the Frederick Airport, on Saturday, July 25, beginning at 8 a.m. For more information, please contact Sharon Bennett at 580-305-2289.

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