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Pfc. Earl William Fowler


Born: 1 January 1917 - Washington County, Kentucky

Parents: Richard Clifton Fowler & Myrtle Moore-Fowler

Siblings: 1 sister, 2 brothers

Cousin: Birchell Keeling

Hometown: Burgin, Kentucky

Occupation: farm worker

Enlisted: Kentucky National Guard

Inducted: U. S. Army - 25 November 1940

Training: 

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

    - Camp Polk, Louisiana

Overseas Duty:
    - U.S.A.T. Hugh L. Scott
        - Sailed: San Francisco - Monday - 27 October 1941
        - Arrived: Honolulu, Hawaii - Sunday - 2 November 1941
            - remained in Hawaii until other ships in convoy arrived
        - Sailed: Tuesday - 4 November 1941
        - Arrived: Guam - Not Known
            - ship loaded with water, bananas, coconuts, and vegetables
        - Sailed: next day
        -Arrived: Manila, Philippine Islands - Thursday - 20 November 1941
            - soldiers disembark ship three hours after arrival
            - boarded buses for Ft. Stotsenburg
            - maintenance section remained behind to unload tanks from ship

    - Ft. Stotsenburg - Philippine Islands

Engagements: 

    - Northern Luzon

        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942

    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942 

            - escaped to Corregidor - 8 April 1942 

    - Battle of Corregidor

        - 9 April 1942 - 6 May 1942 

Prisoner of War:

    - 6 May 1942

POW Camps: 

    - Philippine Islands: 

        - Cabanatuan 

            - 5 October 1942 POWs left Cabanatuan for Manila

            -  housed in warehouse on Pier 7

        - Bilibid Prison

    - Manchuria: 

        - Shenyang Sub-Camp

Hell Ship:

    - Tottori Maru

        - 1961 POWs put on ship

            - 500 in front hold and 1461 in rear hold

        - 7 October 1942 POWs boarded onto Tottori Maru

        - Sailed: Manila 8 October 1942

            - Note:  9 October 1942 - American submarine fired two

                          torpedoes at ship

            - ship passes a mine laid by an American submarine

        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 12 October 1942

        - Sailed: 16 October 1942

             -  returned to Takao

        - Sailed: 18 October 1942

        - Arrived: Pescadores Islands

            - anchored off the Pescadores Islands same day

             remained anchored for several days

            - two POWs died buried at sea

        - Sailed: 27 October 1942

        - Arrived: Takao - 27 October 1942

            - 28 October 1942 POWs taken ashore and bathed

        - Sailed: 30 October 1942

        - Arrived: 30 October 1942 - Makou, Pescadores Islands

        - Sailed:  31 October 1942

        - Arrived: Fusan, Korea - 7 November 1942

            - 8 November 1942 POWs disembarked ship

            - sick POWs left behind at Fusan

            - those who recovered came to Mukden at later date

            - white boxes contained the ashes of POWs who died

            - 11 November 1942 arrived Mukden

Liberated: September 1945 - Russians

Promoted: Corporal

Discharged: 16 May 1946

Married: Ethel Viola Sharp

Died: 14 April 2007 - Burgin, Kentucky

Buried: Willisburg Cemetery - Willisburg, Kentucky


 

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