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Tec 5 Burl Lloyd Harris

Born: 5 October 1912 - Kickapoo, Wisconsin

Parents: Alvie L. Harris & Eva B. Kyser-Harris

Siblings: 2 sisters, 2 brothers

Hometown: Liberty, Wisconsin

Occupation: worked on family farm

Inducted:

    - U. S. Army

        - 17 October 1940 - Fort Lewis, Washington

Training: 

    - Fort Lewis, Washington

        - mechanic

Units: 

    - 192nd Tank Battalion

        - In the Philippines. D Company was attached to the 194th Tank Battalion but

          remained under the command of the 192nd Tank Battalion 

       - After the war, D Company was listed on Presidential Unit Citations awarded

          to the 192nd Tank Battalion 

       - General James Weaver, commanding officer of the Provisional Tank Group,

         in his memoirs, stated that D Company was never transferred to the 194th

         Tank Battalion

Overseas Duty: 

        - Ship: U.S.S. President Coolidge
        - Boarded: Monday - 8 September 1941 - 3:00 P.M.
        - Sailed: 9:00 P.M. - same day
        - Arrived: Honolulu, Hawaii - Saturday - 13 September 1941 - 7:00 A.M.
        - Sailed: 5:00 P.M. - same day
        - Arrived: Manila - Friday - 26 September 1941
            - disembark ship - 3:00 P.M.
            - taken by bus to Fort Stostenburg
    - Philippines
        - lived in tents until barracks completed - 15 November 1941   

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

            - started march at Mariveles at the southern tip of Bataan
            - San Fernando - POWs put into small wooden boxcars
                - each boxcar could hold eight horses or forty men
                    - 100 POWs put into each car
                    - dead remained standing
            - Capas - POWs left boxcars - dead fell to floor
            - POWs walked the 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 - June 1942

            - POWs considered too ill to be moved remained behind at camp
                - Burl was one of these POWs
                - admitted to camp hospital on 20 June 1942

Died:

    - Wednesday - 1 July 1942 - dysentery
Buried: Section O  Row 7  Grave 3

Reburied:

    - Viola Cemetery - Viola, Wisconsin


 

 

 

 

 

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