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Capt. Jack Cary Altman
Born: 1911 - Pitsburg County, Oklahoma

Parents: Abram Altman & Nellie Mumaw-Altman

    - parents divorced

    - father married Maud Allison

Residence: McAlister, Oklahoma

Siblings: 1 half-sister, 3 brothers

Education: Oklahoma Military Academy

    - Class of 1927 

Married: Ruth H. Putman

Home: 705 Northeast Eighth Street - Amarillo, Texas

Inducted: 

    - U. S. Army

        - Army Reserve

Training: 

    - Unknown

Unit: 

    - joined 194th Tank Battalion as it prepared to leave for the Philippine Islands

Overseas Duty: 

    - Ship: U.S.S. President Calvin Coolidge
        - Boarded: Monday - 8 September 1941 - 3:00 P.M.
        - Sailed: 9:00 P.M. - same day
        - Arrived: Honolulu, Hawaii - Saturday - 13 September 1941 - 7:00 A.M.
        - Sailed: 5:00 P.M. - same day
        - Arrived: Manila - Friday - 26 September 1941
            - disembark ship - 3:00 P.M.
            - taken by bus to Fort Stostenburg
    - Ft. Stostenburg, Philippines
        - lived in tents until barracks completed - 15 November 1941   

Engagements: 

    - Battle of Luzon

        - 8 December 1942 - 6 January 1942 

    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942 

Commanding Officer - D Company, 192nd Tank Battalion

    - the company was attached to the 194th but was never transferred to the 194th

      Tank Battalion

    - the officer were transferred to other companies as part of the expected

      transfer

    - with the Japanese attacked Clark Field, the transfer of the company never

      was completed

Prisoner of War: 

    - 9 April 1942

        - Death March

           - started march at Mariveles on southern tip of Bataan
           - POWs ran past Japanese artillery firing at Corregidor
           - San Fernando - POWs put into small wooden boxcars
               - 100 POWs packed into each boxcar
               - those who died remain standing
           - Capas - living left cars - dead fell out of boxcars
           - POWs walked last ten miles to Camp O'Donnell
 

POW Camps:

    - Philippines:

        - Camp O'Donnell

            - unfinished Filipino training base
            - Japanese put camp into use as POW Camp
            - only one water spigot for entire camp
            - as many as 50 POWs died each day
            - Japanese opened new POW camp to lower death rate
 
 

        - Cabanatuan #1

            - assigned to Barracks 1-2A

            - Hospitalized - no date given - malaria

            - Discharged: no date given
            - Hospitalized - 1 October 1942 - malaria
            - Discharged - 15 October 1942
    - Note: Not known if Altman went out on any work details

POW Camp:
        - Bilibid Prison

Hell Ship:

    - Arisan Maru

        - Boarded: 10 October 1944

        - Sailed: Manila -11 October 1944

        - Arrived: Palawan Island - 11 October 1944

            - ship hid in a cove to avoid American planes

            - POWs hot-wired ventilation system into lighting system

                - had fresh air for two days

                - when Japanese discover what had been done, they turned power off 

        - Sailed: 20 October 1944 to Manila

        -Arrived: Manila - 20 October 1944

        -Sailed: 21 October 1944

        - Sunk: Tuesday - 24 October 1944

             - ship attacked by an American submarine around dinner time in Bashi

                Channel of South China Sea

             - hit by two torpedoes

             - ship remained afloat for two hours

             - POWs raided food lockers

             - at some point ship broke in two

             - POWs took to water on anything that would float

             - Japanese refused to let POWs board other ships 

             - Only nine POWs of 1803 POWs survived the sinking

                 - five POWs reached an abandoned life boat 

                     - boat had no paddles 

                 - four POWs who survived the night recaptured by Japanese
Note: His parents learned of his death in July, 1945.

Memorial:

    - Tablets of the Missing

        - American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands

Note: Altman's wife was killed in a car accident - 15 August 1943.


 





 

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