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Pvt. Charles F. Erickson


Born: 6 August 1913 - Durand, Wisconsin

Parents: Andrew Erickson & Augusta Sobottka-Erickson

Siblings: 3 brothers

Hometown: Durand, Wisconsin

Occupation: worked for the county

Inducted: 

    - U. S. Army 

        - 7 April 1941 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Training: 

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

    - Camp Polk, Louisiana

Overseas Duty: 

    - Sailed: San Francisco, California - Monday, 27 October 1941
    - Arrived: Honolulu, Hawaii - Sunday, 2 November 1941
        - soldiers given shore leave
    - Sailed: Tuesday, 4 November 1941
    - Arrived: Guam - unknown date
        - ship loaded bananas, vegetables, water, and coconuts
    - Sailed: same day

    - Arrived: Manila, Philippine Islands - 20 November 1941

Engagements:

    - Battle of Luzon 

        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942 

    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942 

            - A Company wiped out a Japanese Bicycle Battalion that rode into its bivouac at night

            - the company had bivouacked on both sides of a road

            - a noise was heard - the tankers grabbed tommy-guns and stood behind their tanks

            - as they watched the bicycle battalion rode into their bivouac 

            - the tankers opened up with everything they had

            - when they ceased fire, the entire battalion had been wiped out 

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
            - Japanese opened new POW camp to lower death rate
 

        - Cabanatuan #1

        - Tayabas Road Detail

            - 300 POWs left Camp O'Donnell - 29 May 1942

            - took three days to reach site 

            - POWs built a road

            - food was prepared in a rusty wheel barrow 

            - POWs slept on rocks

            - many came down with malaria 

            - Charles became ill and was sent to Bilibid Prison 

        - Bilibid Prison
            - U.S. Naval Hospital Unit

                - doctors believed there was little they could do for him and the other POWs from the detail

                - they referred to these POWs as "the living dead"

                - the doctors believed POWs from detail were doomed to die
            - admitted to hospital - 10 July 1942
                - records indicated he was suffering from blood in his stools

Died:

    - Sunday - 8 August 1943 - dysentery & malaria
        - time of death - 11:30 A.M.

        - date of death verified by the final report on the 192nd Tank Battalion and records kept by doctors on the

          Tayabas Road Detail 

Buried:

   - Bilibid Hospital Burial Plot 

       - Row: 2  Grave: 28 

Reburied:

    - October 1948 - Forest Hill Cemetery - Durand, Wisconsin


 

 

 

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