Ben Steele Art Cards

Ben Steele was born in Roundup, Montana in November of 1917. He attended school and lived on the family ranch in the Bull Mountains. He moved to Billings, Montana in 1932. In September 1940, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps at Fort Missoula. In September of 1941, he was assigned to duty at Clark Field in the Philippine Islands. When the Japanese attacked Clark Field, Ben was ordered to Bataan Peninsula in December 1941. In April 1942, the Japanese near Cabcaben, Bataan captured him. The “Death March of Bataan” forced him to Camp O’Donnell Prison Camp where he was assigned to the Tayabas Road Detail. Being too sick to work, in August of 1942, he was taken to Bilibid Prison, Manila. There he began to draw. These are his images of his time as a Japanese prisoner of war. These cards are high resolution reproductions of original Ben Steele drawings. All images are copyrighted by Ben Steele.