Graham

 

Cpl. Raymond J. Graham


Born: 4 October 1918 - Jefferson County, Kentucky

Parents: Charles M. Graham & May Giles-Graham

Siblings: 3 sisters, 3 brothers

Home: 1610 Stevens Avenue - Louisville, Kentucky

Inducted:

    - U. S. Army

        - 31 March 1941 - Louisville, Kentucky

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: same 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: 

    - 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 started 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

Died:

     - Friday - 3 July 1942 - dysentery

         - Approximate time of death - 10:30 PM

Buried:

    - Cabanatuan Camp Cemetery 

Reburied:

     - Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery - St. Louis - 17 February 1950

        - Section: 78   Graves: 1004, 1005 1006

            - Raymond shares his grave with T/5 Kent W. Hughes, Jr. of A Company and

              Pvt. Edward G. Wills of D Company


 

 

 

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