Lieutenant Colonel Jasper Ewing Brady IV

…commanded the 31st Infantry in combat in the Philippines from March to April 1942 (1 month) when he went into captivity with the regiment.
He continued to exercise what little authority he could as a prisoner of War, compiling a roster of all men who served in the regiment from December 1941 to April 1942, including their rank, service number, home of record, next of kin address. The roster when and where members died or were wounded in action, and what awards, promotions, or disciplinary action was pending at the time of the regiment’s surrender. He died aboard one of the Japanese hell ships departing the Philippines in 1944. His wife, Ann, received the roster after the war and annotated the names of those who died in captivity. Colonel Brady was born in 1897 in Michigan; was a first sergeant when commissioned from the ranks in 1918; and is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Philippines. His body was never recovered.