Pfc. Rollie Clayton Harger
Rollie C. Harger was born in 1920 in Lorain
County, Michigan, to Manuel and Mattie
Conigan-Harger. With his two sisters and
brother, he was raised in Gladwin, Michigan, and
attended Pontiac High School in Pontiac,
Michigan. He later moved to Fremont, Ohio,
and lived with his father's brother and his wife
on their farm and worked as a farmhand. At
some point, he joined the Ohio National Guard's
tank company which was headquartered in Port
Clinton in 1940.
On November 25, 1940, his tank company was federalized as C Company, 192nd Tank Battalion. He trained at Fort Knox, Kentucky for nearly ten months. In the late summer of 1941, the battalion was sent to Camp Polk, Louisiana, take part in maneuvers.
After the maneuvers, the 192nd did not return to Ft. Knox as expected. Instead, they were ordered to remain at Camp Polk for further orders. On the side of a hill, the tank battalion was informed that it was being sent overseas. Those members of the battalion 29 years old or older were allowed to resign from federal service. Replacements for these men came from the 753rd Tank Battalion which had been sent to Camp Polk from Ft. Benning, Georgia. The battalion not only supplied the 192nd with men, it also turned over its tanks and half-tracks.
Rollie received a leave home to say goodbye to is family. He returned home and married Jean Govitz. When he left to return to Cam Polk, his wife had no idea it would be the last time she would ever see her husband.
Over different train routes, the battalion's companies traveled to San Francisco. They were taken by ferry to Fort McDowell on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay. There, they were given physicals and inoculated for duty in the Philippine Islands. Those men who were found to need minor medical treatment remained behind at the fort and scheduled to rejoin the battalion at a later date.
Another method the tankers used to wipe out the pockets was to park a tank with one track over the Japanese foxhole. The crew would then spin the tank on one track while the other track dug into the ground.
A.M. in the
April 9, 1942,
and waited for
When they did,
the members of
the company to
make their way
sent to Bilibid Prison outside of Manila and
admitted to the U.S. Naval Hospital Unit at the
prison on January 12, 1943. The medical
staff indicated he was extremely ill with amoebic
dysentery, emaciated, and suffering with bloody
stools. According to the medical staff at
the prison, Pfc. Rollie C. Harger died of amoebic
dysentery on Tuesday, January 13, 1943, at 9:35
P.M. He was buried in the Bilibid Cemetery
in Row 3, Section Y, Grave 39 in the Bilibid
Hospital Burial Plot.