|Sgt. Delmon R. Bushaw
Sgt. Delmon R. Bushaw was born on August June 25,
1919, in Mellen, Wisconsin, to Frank Bushaw &
Mollie Albright-Burshaw. He was one of the
couple's five children. When he was two, his
family moved to Janesville where he lived at 1549
South Willard Avenue. He attended local schools,
and after high school, worked as a cook in a local
Following in the footsteps of his brother, John, Delmon joined the Wisconsin National Guard's 32nd Tank Company which was headquartered in an armory in Janesville. To get into the National Guard, he lied about his age.
As a National Guardsman Delmon was called to federal duty when the 192nd Tank Battalion was formed from National Guard units on November 25, 1940. Traveling to Fort Knox, Kentucky, the Janesville Tank Company was designated as A Company, 192nd Tank Battalion. Delmon and the other Guardsmen remained there for almost a year until they went on maneuvers in Louisiana.
Upon completion of the maneuvers, Delmon and the
other tankers learned that they were being sent
overseas. Although, where they were being sent
was suppose to be a secret, most of the men figured
that the code word "PLUM" meant
Philippines-Luzon-Manila. Delmon was given
eight day leave home to say his goodbyes and settle
any unfinished business. It was at this time
he married Lorraine Wilkenson.
The battalion traveled by train to San
Francisco. By ferry, they were taken
to Ft. McDowell on Angel Island. On
the island, they received inoculations and
physicals. Those members of the
battalion who were found to have treatable
medical conditions remained behind on the
island. They were scheduled to join
the battalion at a later date.
Gumain River, the tank companies
formed a defensive line along
the south bank of the
river. When the Japanese
attacked the position at night,
they easy to see since they were
wearing white t-shirts. It
was there the tankers noted that
the Japanese soldiers were high
on drugs when they
attacked. Among the dead
Japanese, the tankers found the
hypodermic needles and syringes.
The tankers were able to
hold up the Japanese for several
At some point Delmon was selected to go out on a
work detail. The name of the detail is not
known, but it is known that the POWs built runways
at an airfield. On the detail, Delmon came
down with an acute catarrhal fever which meant he
may have had a respiratory ailment. He was
discharged on May 27, 1944, and returned to
the airfield detail.
In July 1944, Delmon was selected to be sent to
Japan. He boarded the Nissyo Maru on
July 17, 1944, at 8:00 A.M. The ship weighed
anchor, but from July 18th to 23rd the ship sat in
Manila Bay waiting for a convoy to form. It
sailed on July 24th at 8:00 P.M. as part of a
After being liberated, Delmon returned to Janesville. He married, Lorraine Wilkinson, remained in the military, and rose in rank to Chief Warrant Officer. Lorraine passed away in 1977. In 1978, Delmon remarried.
Delmon retired to Odenton, Maryland, on October 31, 1960. He died on January 13, 1980, in Maryland. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.