AllenJH

 

2nd Lt. John Henry Allen Jr.


Born: 26 June 1917 - Minnesota

Parents: John H. Allen Sr. & Rose Bollman-Allen

Siblings: 1 brother

Home: 225 Charles Street - Saint Paul, Minnesota

Education:
    - Central High School - St. Paul, Minnesota
        - Class of 1935

    - University of Minnesota - Class of 1940

        - Reserve Officers Training Corps 

Inducted:

    - U. S. Army

        - 1941 - Fort Snelling, Minnesota

            - inducted as an enlisted man 

Training: 

    - Ft. Benning, Georgia

Units: 

    - 753rd Tank Battalion 

    - 192nd Tank Battalion
    - Provisional Tank Group
        - tank group's communications officer

Overseas Duty: 

    - Ship: U.S.S. 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 1941 - 6 January 1942 

    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942 

            - battlefield commission - 16 January 1942

Prisoner of War: 

    - 9 April 1942

        - Death March

            - Mariveles - POWs started march at southern tip of Bataan
            - POWs ran past Japanese artillery firing at Corregidor
                - Americans on Corregidor returned fire
            - San Fernando - POWs put into small wooden boxcars
                - each boxcar could hold eight horses or forty men
                - 100 POWs packed into each car
                - POWs who died remained standing
            - Capas - dead fell to floor as living left boxcars
            - POWs walked last ten miles to Camp O'Donnell
 

    - Philippine Islands:

        - 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
            - hospitalized - 10 June 1942
                - discharged - date not known

        - Davao, Mindano
            - POWs worked on farm and built runways

Hell Ship:

    - Clyde Maru

       - Sailed: Manila - 23 July 1943

        -Arrived: Santa Cruz, Zambales, Philippines - same day

                - loaded manganese ore

             - remained in port for three days

       -  Sailed: 26 July 1943

           - 100 POWs permitted on deck at a time from 6:00 AM to

             4:00 PM

        -  Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 28 July 1943

        - Sailed: 5 August 1942 - at 8:00 AM

            - part of nine ship convoy

        - Arrived: Moji, Japan - 7 August 1943

            - POWs lined up on dock - 8 August 1943

            - marched to rail station and boarded train

                - 9:30 AM - train departed

                    - two day train trip

                - 7:30 PM - 10 August 1943 - arrived at Omuta, Kyushu

                    - POWs marched 18 miles

                        - eighteen rode truck because they could not walk

    - Japan

        - Fukuoka #17

            - POWs arrived - 10 August 1943

            - camp had a ten foot high wooden fence around it

                - three electrified wires topped the fence 

                - 50 POWs assigned to each barracks

                    - barracks 20 feet wide by 120 feet long

                    - ten rooms in a barracks

                        - four to six men assigned to each room

            - Allen in charge of POW show troupe

                - imprisoned for ten days after a theater curtain was

                  lost - the curtain was never found

            - John witnessed the execution of Pvt. Noah C. Heard,

              C Company, 194th Tank Battalion

                - Camp Commandant, Lt. Kel Yuri, ordered execution

                - Heard had been caught stealing food

                - Allen's Account of  execution:

 

 "At the command of the Yuri, a Jap guard bayoneted Heard in the middle of his back.  Heard grunted and as he rolled over, he screeched.   A second Jap bayoneted Heard in the abdomen.  Yuri and others examined the body.  It was still twitching so another guard slashed Heard vertically across the throat.  Other guards came out and slashed his abdomen to ribbons."


Hell Ship:
    - Selected for transfer to Mukden, Manchuria

    - Unknown Interisland Steamer

       - April 1945 - POWs informed they are to be transferred

       - taken by train from Omuta to Fukuoka 

       - boarded ship
POW Camp:

    - Korea

        - Fusan

            - POWs disembarked ship and took a three day train trip to

              Manchuria
            - Arrived: Mukden, Manchuria - April 1945

    - Manchuria

           - Mukden

               - 29 May 1945 - POWs arrived

                  - POWs worked in machine shop or lumber mill

Liberated: 29 August 1945 - Russian Army
    - returned to Philippine Islands
    - returned to United States
        - treated at Schick General Hospital - Clinton, Iowa
            - suffering from amoebic dysentery

Promoted: Captain

Discharged: 9 March 1948

Died: 30 January 1955

Buried:

    -  7 February 1955

         - Fort Snelling National Cemetery - Saint Paul, Minnesota

             - Plot:  E   Row:  0   Site:  186


 

 

 

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