From the February 6, 2017 meeting

 
 
Speaker Aaron Byzak, Senior Director of Government and Community Affairs at UCSD, spoke of the amazing life of his grandfather, Wilfred "Chick" Mensching. "Chick" left school after the 9th grade, and after attempting some career choices, unsuccessfully , joined the USMC.  He managed to be in the Philippines when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, after being shot 11 times, sent to a POW camp and on to the infamous Cabanatuan Camp for 2 1/2 years, then on to the "hell ships" for  the Omori Prison Camp where he was finally liberated weighing only 90 pounds.   He continued his Marine life in Korea.
Eventually, "Chick" became the first President of the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club.