Tec 5 Charles L. Corr Jr.
T/5 Charles L. Corr
Jr. was born in Pennsylvania on June 28,
1916, to Charles L. Corr Sr., & Mabel
Snow-Corr. With his brother, Robert, he
lived at 6705 North Loleta Avenue in
Chicago. While he was a high school
student, Charles became interested in radio
equipment. He joined a radio program with
the Illinois National Guard. It was this
interest that would get him assigned to Company B,
192nd Tank Battalion.
Charles was drafted into the U. S. Army in the spring of 1941. He went to Maywood, Illinois for his physical and induction. The building that he had his physical in was the old armory of the Maywood Tank Company of the Illinois National Guard. The company had been called to federal duty in the late fall of 1940 which left the building empty.
During his physical and induction, Charles was informed that he and Tec. 4 Frank Goldstein, another draftee, were being sent to Camp Grant immediately. At Camp Grant, the two men learned that they were being assigned to Company B, 192nd Tank Battalion. The reason was that both men were radio enthusiast and the company needed men who knew how to repair their radio equipment. This was the same tank company whose armory Charles had gone to for his army physical.
Charles and Frank Goldstein were rushed to Fort Knox, Kentucky. Arriving there is the middle of the night, they were greeted by Sgt. Arthur McArthur who was in charge of radio equipment. McArthur told them they were to chose who wanted to teach the tankers how to use their radios and who was going to repair the equipment that did not work. Charles chose to teach the tankers about their radios.
Charles went through training
with Company B at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and then
went through the maneuvers in Louisiana.
At Camp Polk, Louisiana, he and the other
tankers learned that they were being sent to the
The battalion traveled west by train to
San Francisco. Arriving there,
they were taken by ferry to Angel Island
in San Francisco Bay. At Ft.
McDowell, they were given physicals and
inoculated. Those men found
to have a minor medical condition were
held back and scheduled to rejoin the
battalion at a later date.
The tankers were sent to Fort Stotsenburg
immediately after their arrival. On the
main road between Clark Field and Ft.
Stotsenburg, they lived in tents since the
barracks assigned to them were not
finished. On December 8, 1941, Charles
lived through the Japanese attack on Clark
During the withdraw into the peninsula, the
company crossed over the last bridge which was
mined and about to be blown. The 192nd
held its position so that the 194th Tank
Battalion could leap frog past it and then cover
the 192nd's withdraw. The 192nd was the last
American unit to enter Bataan.
When Bataan was surrendered, Charles became a Prisoner of War. Charles participated in the death march and was first interred at Camp O'Donnell. He was then transferred to Cabanatuan Camp #1. It was at Cabanatuan that Charles died from dysentery, at approximately 7:00 in the morning, on Tuesday, June 9, 1942.
After the war, the remains of Tec. 5 Charles L. Corr Jr. were buried in Plot E, Row 9, Grave 50, at the American Military Cemetery outside of Manila.