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Bailey, Philip E. (1923-2006) | Special Collections & Archives

Name: Bailey, Philip E. (1923-2006)

Historical Note:

Philip E. Bailey was born on April 27th, 1923. He was drafted in the United States military in 1943, and was stationed in China at the end of World War II working as a military police officer. While in China, he met an eight-year-old local boy, Mario Machado, who he grew fond of and made arrangements with his parents to adopt him and bring him to America where he might have a better education and more opportunities for his future. Machado lived with Bailey for two years in Los Angeles, before legal issues caused the adoption to fall through and he was sent back to China.

While stationed in China, Bailey also became involved in the Boy Scout movement, starting the first American troop in China after the war. He was active in the Scouts for over 60 years, serving as a Scoutmaster and amassing a collection of Scout uniforms from around the world which are now located at the International Scouting Museum in Las Vegas.

After retuning from China, Bailey spent a period of time working for the Los Angeles Police Department, and retired to Westlake Village, California, where he passed away in 2006.

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