Doshier

 

Pvt. Alva R. Doshier


Born: May 1916 - Arkansas

Parents: William H. Doshier & Ella Evans-Doshier

    - his mother died in 1922 

Siblings: 2 sisters, 2 brothers

    - family moved to Lynn Lane, Oklahoma before 1920

Hometown: Bixby, Oklahoma

Inducted:

    - U. S. Army

        - 20 March 1941 - Oklahoma City

Training: 

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

    - Camp Polk, Louisiana

Units: 

    - 753rd Tank Battalion

        - volunteered to replace a National Guardsman released from

          federal service

        - tanks and halftracks of the battalion were also transferred to the

          192nd

    - 192nd Tank Battalion

        - assigned to C Company

Overseas Duty:

    - Philippine Islands

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

        - Death March

            - Mariveles - POWs start 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

POW Camps: 

    - 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

Died:

    - Wednesday - 6 May 1942 - dysentery

Buried:

    - Camp O'Donnell Cemetery

        - Section:  C   Row:  10   Grave:  4 

Reburied:

    - American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands

        - Plot:  L   Grave:  2   Grave:  118 


 

 

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