Brown_W_C

 




William C. P. Brown

Born: 1918 - Pennsylvania
Parents: Unknown
Siblings: Unknown
Home: Summit County, Ohio
Education: 2 years of high school
Occupation: Inspector - Steel Mill
Inducted:

    - U. S. Army
        - 27 March 1941 - Cleveland, Ohio
Training: 
    - Fort Knox, Kentucky
    - Camp Polk, Louisiana

 

Units: 

    - 753rd Tank Battalion

        - assigned to unit at Camp Polk 

    - 192nd Tank Battalion

        - truck driver 

Overseas Duty: 

    - Philippine Islands

        - went to Philippines as a private

Engagements:

    - Battle of Luzon

        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942 

    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942 

Prisoner of War: 

   -  9 April 1942

        - HQ Company remained in bivouac for two days

           - Japanese arrived and ordered Americans out onto the road in front of bivouac

           - the Prisoners of War were made to kneel along sides of road

           - Japanese soldiers passing them took what they wanted from the POWs

        - POWs road trucks to Mariveles

            - sat in sun at schoolyard for several hours

            - at one point, the Japanese formed an firing squad to kill them

            - a Japanese Naval Officer stopped the execution 

        - Death March

            - Mariveles - POWs start march from southern tip of Bataan

               - POWs ran past Japanese artillery firing on Corregidor

               - American artillery on Corregidor returned fire

            - San Fernando -POWs put into small wooden boxcars used to haul sugarcane

                - each boxcar could hold eight horses or forty men

                -  Japanese packed 100 POWs into each boxcar

                - POWs who died remained standing

            - Capas - POWs left boxcars - dead POWs fell to the floor

                - POWs walked the last ten miles to Camp O'Donnell 

         - Note: It was reported that Brown had died south of San Fernando on Death March.

 POW Camps:

   - Camp O'Donnell

       - unfinished Filipino Army training camp 

        - Japanese put camp into use as POW camp

       - one water spigot for the entire camp

       - as many as fifty POWs died each day 

       - Brown went out on bridge building detail to get out of camp

    - Bridge Building Detail

        - Calumpit, Bulacan, Philippine Islands
Died:
    - Thursday - 25 June 1942 - Bridge Building Detail
        - dysentery & malaria
Buried: Calumoit - Philippine Islands
Reburied:
    - 13 April 1950
        - Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
            - Section: 79   Site: 42 - 44









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