Virginia B. Hewlett, 67, an Arlington resident who was imprisoned for more than three years by the Japanese during World War II, died Monday in Georgetown University Hospital of complications following a stroke.
She had accompanied her husband, Frank Hewlett, who was then a reported with the old United Press, to the Philippines in 1941.
Following the invasion of the philippines by Japanese forces in 1941, Mrs. Hewlett worked in a medical aide station in Manila. She was imprisoned in Manila from early 1942 until February, 1945, when elements of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Divison libertated the internment camp.
Her husband was accompanying the 1st Cavalry Division as a war correspondent and found her near starvation and weighing only 78 pounds.
In 1970, Mrs. Hewlett wrote a "Flag Day" story, which was syndicated by Scripps-howard, about an incident that occurred during those years.
She wrote that while many young persons were burning American flags as a ritual of protest against the war in Vietnam in 1970, she and three other Americans had burned American flags in Manila in 1942 to prevent them from failing into Japanese hands.
"We stood in silence as Old Glory went up in smoke and fire. Memories of home and happier times rushed to my mind, Fourth of July parades, a beloved uncle in World War I unifor saluting as the flag went by, flag-draped coffins in cemeteries . . . the haunting sound of Taps played on a bugle."
Mrs. Hewlett was a native of Danville, Va., and attended the University of Minnesota.
In addition to her husband, a Washington correspondent for the Salt Lake (Utah) Tribune, of the home, she is survived by a daughter, Jean Petty, of Cloverdale, Calif; two brothers, Edward and James Bryant, both of Danville, and one grandchild.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the scholarship fund of the National Press Club Foundation in Washington.