The former commander of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, which once called Fort Carson home, was the highest-ranking American prisoner of war taken in World War II, or any other war.
Wainwright led American efforts in the Philippines and a surrendered the starving ill-equipped garrison to the Japanese in early 1942.
He was held in prison camps around the Pacific in in China during the war, and was a walking skeleton when he was released from captivity on Aug. 16, 1945.
The Empire of Japan had quit the Aug. 14.
The general was a free man when he got to see the war end as Japanese leaders signed a surrender aboard the USS Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945.