Pvt. Charles Cleo Harmon
| Pvt. Charles
C. Harmon was one of twin sons born on August 5,
1916, on the family's farm three miles east of
Alfalfa, Oklahoma, to Arthur L. Harmon and Lola
May Luper-Harmon. In addition to his twin,
he had two sisters and two more brothers.
They were raised in Alfalfa, until the family
moved to Loco, Oklahoma. His mother passed
away on January 1, 1923, when he was six, so he
and his siblings lived with their grandparents.
Charles father remarried and moved the family to Augusta, Kansas. Charles was unhappy, so he was sent to live with his uncle and aunt in Carnegie, Oklahoma. He went to work at Crain Ford as a car salesman. He was inducted in the U.S. Army in Oklahoma City, on March 20, 1941.
Charles was sent to Fort Knox, Kentucky, for basic training. What exact training he received is not known. What is known is that he was sent to Camp Polk, Louisiana, after completing basic training and assigned to the 753rd Tank Battalion. The battalion had been sent to Camp Polk in the late summer, but did not take part maneuvers that were going on at the fort.
After the maneuvers, the 192nd Tank Battalion was ordered to remain at Camp Polk. The members of the battalion had no idea why they were remaining at the fort. It was on the side of a hill that they learned they were being sent overseas. Those men 29 years old or older were given the opportunity to resign from federal service. Once this was done, replacements were sought from the 753rd. Charles was one of the replacements. He was assigned to C Company.
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.
At 6:45 A.M. in the morning of April 9,
and waited for
When they did,
the members of
the company to
make their way
Mary Ann passed away in May 1990,
She was known
away on May
30, 2016, in
was the last
member of C