…commanded the 31st Infantry in combat in the Philippines from December 1941 to March 1942 (3 months).

He became incapacitated with malaria and was relieved for medical reasons. Colonel Steel was born in 1891 in Virginia, served in World War I; became Chief of Staff of Philippine II Corps on Bataan after leaving the 31st Infantry, went into captivity when Bataan was surrendered; survived the sinking of the hell ship Oryoku Maru; was taken to Mukden, Manchuria; retired as a brigadier general; died in 1959; and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. His son and grandson (both deceased) also served as Army officers.



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