Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat


October 7, 2013

Jack Cape

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — Graveside funeral service with full military honors for MSG (Retired) Jack Cape, 93, of Lawton will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 8 in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Pauls Valley with Kerry Malakosky officiating.

Sergeant Cape died Thursday, October 3, 2013 in Lawton.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Becker-Rabon Funeral Home.

Sergeant Cape was born October 18, 1919 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, the second of five children to William Albert “Buster” and Emmie May (Charles) Cape. He grew up and attended school in Pauls Valley. He left home during the Depression and entered the Civilian Conservation Corps in order to help his family.

He entered the U.S. Army on March 8, 1941 and was stationed on Angel Island and later boarded the ship “Republic” and traveled to the Philippines for assignment.

Following the bombing at Pearl Harbor he was moved to the Bataan Peninsula where he stayed until General King surrendered Bataan on April 8, 1942. He became a part of the infamous “Death March” from Bataan up to San Fernando where over 10,000 soldiers died.

At San Fernando he was placed on a train to Cavite and then marched again to Camp O’Donnell where there were not enough well men to bury the dead. He had malaria, beriberi and dysentery.

Later, he was moved to Cabanatuan Camp #1 by truck and was in the hospital for six months. When he got better, he was placed on a work detail at Las Pinas and worked on an airfield out of Manila for the Japanese. He developed heart problems and was sent back to Cabanatuan. Later he was taken to Bilibid to get ready to be shipped to Japan for slave labor.

In 1944 he was placed on the ship “Noto Maru” to travel to Japan. Thousands of men were placed in the hold of the ships with standing room only. They were called “Hell Ships” because men died by the thousands.

Once in Japan, he was sent to Hanawa Sendai Camp #6 and worked in the copper mines for a year until the bombs dropped in 1945 and Japan surrendered. He spent three years and four months as a prisoner of war at the hands of the Japanese.

In September of 1945, after rescue from prison camp, he was taken back to the Philippines on a hospital ship only weighing 98 pounds due to the starvation he suffered. After a month he was sent back to the states and discharged. In 1946 he reenlisted in the Army and remained in the U.S. Army until his retirement on April 1, 1962.

His awards include the World War II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Ribbon with one Bronze Star, AP Theater Ribbon with One Bronze Service Star, Philippine Defense Ribbon with One Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Commendation Medical Badge with 3 Bronze Stars, Army Occupation Medal (Japan), United Nations Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Marksman (M-14 Rifle) Badge.

He is a lifetime member of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor (ADBC).

Jack lived in Pauls Valley and Lawton following his retirement from the Army. He cared for his parents until their deaths and was always a special uncle to his nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Tom and Buster Cape, and two sisters, Ruby Dell Wilson and Geraldine Lafay Clemons.

He is survived by nieces, Jan Howenstine and Marsha Anderson; nephews, John Cape, Jack Wilson and Jeff Clemons; several great nieces and nephews.

An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at

Text Only
  • Oneta K. Goss

    Oneta K. Goss of Pauls Valley passed away April 4, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 90 years.

    April 8, 2014

  • Gary Don Parkey

    Gary Don Parkey, 69, of Paoli, Oklahoma was born May 31, 1944 in Wynnewood, Oklahoma to Harold “John” and Charolette Parkey, and entered this life on April 4, 2014.

    April 8, 2014

  • Carl Lloyd White

    Carl Lloyd White, 76, of Maysville was born April 17, 1937 in Garvin Springs, Okla., to Archie Aaron White and Hazel Mae (Jensen) White. He passed away April 2, 2014 in Oklahoma City.

    April 8, 2014

  • Larry E. Morris

    Larry E. Morris, 59, of Lindsay was born Aug. 2, 1954 and passed away April 2, 2014 in Hennessey, Okla.

    April 6, 2014

  • Jessie ‘Lovenia’ Victoria Alvarado

    Jessie “Lovenia” Victoria Alvarado, 83, of Pauls Valley was born in Wynnewood, Oklahoma to Fred Bevers and Jessie Kelsey Bevers on December 5, 1930. Lovenia passed from this life on April 3, 2014.

    April 5, 2014

  • Virginia Lee (Clagg) Herrin

    Virginia Lee (Clagg) Herrin was born on September 26, 1931 in Lindsay, Okla. and departed for her Heavenly home on March 27, 2014.

    April 1, 2014

  • Suzanne Patton

    Suzanne Chisholm Patton of Pauls Valley passed away March 26, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 62 years.

    March 30, 2014

  • Melissa (Missy) Dawn Mikel

    Melissa (Missy) Dawn Mikel, 45, of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma lost her battle with brain cancer and multiple sclerosis on March 17, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma with family at her side.

    March 28, 2014

  • Georgia Nelda Jean (McKee) Shreve

    Georgia Nelda Jean (McKee) Shreve, 64, a lifelong resident of Elmore City, Oklahoma, passed from this life at her home on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

    March 28, 2014

  • Lela Lavern Wigley

    Lela Lavern Wigley, 89, of Maysville was born Oct. 27, 1924 in Wolf, Okla., to Lee and Mada (Rogers) Morphew.

    March 28, 2014

Business Marquee

  • How You Want It When You Want It Today's Pauls Valley Democrat

    Now you can view and download the Democrat right to your desktop on the day the paper is published. Click here to get more information on the Democrat's e-Edition.





    e-mail request to

    April 20, 2011 1 Photo 1 Link

AP Video
Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs