Hickey

 


Tec 5 Thomas P. Hickey


Born: 14 November 1918 - Louisville, Kentucky

Parents: Thomas J. Hickey & Theresa A. Kohler-Hickey
    - mother passed away in January 1941

Siblings: 2 sisters, 6 brothers

Home: 2429 Baird Street - Louisville, Kentucky

Inducted:

    U. S. Army - 22 January 1941

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: next 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 

            - D Company attached to the 194th Tank Battalion

             - remained under command of the 192nd Tank Battalion 

    - 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
 

Died:

    - Tuesday - 12 May 1942 - malaria

        - Approximate time of death - 4:00 PM

Buried:

    - Camp O'Donnell Cemetery

        - Section:  E   Row:  7   Grave:  9 

Reburied: American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands

        - Plot:  D   Row:  3   Grave:  242 

Note:  T/5 Thomas P. Hickey's cross indicates that he was a member of the

            194th Tank Battalion.  This was because D Company was attached to the 194th,

            but the company was never transferred to the battalion.  The company is listed

            on the Presidential Unit Citations awarded to the 192nd Tank Battalion.


 

 

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