Pvt. Jack D. Driver
Pvt. Jack Driver was born on April 23, 1919,
in Hamilton County, Texas, to Fred & Ola
Driver. His father died and his mother
married W. A. Rider. He grew up in
Clarkwood, Texas, and left high school after
his junior year. He worked as a
roughneck in the oil industry.
On March 21, 1941, he was inducted into the U.S. Army at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. He was sent to Ft. Knox, Kentucky, for basic training. What training he received is not known. He was sent to Camp Polk, Louisiana, where he was assigned to the 753rd Tank Battalion. The battalion had been sent to the base from Ft. Benning, Georgia, but it did not take part in the maneuvers that were going on there.
The 192nd Tank Battalion, which had taken part in maneuvers, was ordered to remain at the camp for further orders. The battalion learned they were being sent overseas. Those men 29 years old or older were given the chance to resign from federal service. Jack replaced a National Guardsmen released from federal service. He was assigned to C Company.
Over different train routes, the battalion was sent to San Francisco. Once there, they were taken by ferry to Ft. McDowell on Angel Island. At the fort, they received physicals and inoculated against tropical diseases. Those men with minor health issues were held back and scheduled to rejoin the battalion in the Philippines.
The 192nd was boarded onto the U.S.A.T.
Hugh L. Scott
for Hawaii as
part of a
at Honolulu on
2nd. The soldiers were given leaves so they could see the
one point, the
an island at
did so in
This for many
soldiers was a
sign that they
ships took on
same day for
and docked at
was the date
were taken by
bus to Ft.
The tanks were ordered to the perimeter of the Clark Airfield to guard against Japanese paratroopers. That morning of December 8, 1941, the tankers were informed of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. When they looked up that morning, the sky was filled with American planes. At noon, the planes landed and the pilots went to lunch.
in the afternoon, the tankers noticed planes
approaching the airfield. When bombs began
exploding around them, they knew the planes were
Japanese. Besides their .50 caliber
machine guns, they had few weapons to use
against the planes. Most took cover and
waited out the attack. After it ended,
they saw the destruction done by the bombs.