Tec 4 Kenneth R. Hatlevig
T/4 Kenneth R. Hatlevig was
the son of Sever & Anna Hatlevig. He was
born on March 12, 1918, and raised and attended
school in Evansville, Wisconsin. He worked
for the Baker Manufacturing Company, in
Evansville, in the shipping department.
Kenneth joined the 32nd Tank Company of the Wisconsin National Guard which was headquartered in an armory in Janesville. In the fall of 1940, the company was called to federal service as A Company, 192nd Tank Battalion. He trained for almost a year at Fort Knox, Kentucky with the company.
In the late summer of 1941, Kenneth did not take
part in maneuvers in Louisiana. The reason
was that he had not finished his schooling at
Ft. Knox. After the maneuvers, he was sent
to Camp Polk. The other members of the
battalion had been held there instead of being
sent back to Ft. Knox. None of the members had
any idea why they were being kept there.
morning of December 8th, December 7th in the
United States, the 192nd was ordered to the
perimeter of Clark Field. A week
earlier, they had been given assigned
positions around the airfield to guard
against enemy paratroopers. At 8:30,
the American planes took off and filled the
sky. They landed at noon and lined up
near the mess hall while the pilots went to
company was in
bivouac on two
sides of a
most of the
down the road
and woke the
wiped out the
According to the medical records kept by the camp medical staff. On Wednesday, July 8, 1942, at approximately 6:15 in the morning, T/4 Kenneth R. Hatlevig died of malaria at Cabanatuan POW Camp. He was 24 years old.
After the war, the Hatlevig family requested that Kenneth's remains be returned to Evansville. He was reburied in Maple Hill Cemetery in Evansville on November 11, 1949.