Holman

 


Pvt. George Holman


Born: 10 November 1916 - Pittsburg County, Oklahoma

Hometown: North McAlester, Oklahoma

Parents: Otto Holman & Cora May Huffar-Holman

Siblings: 2 brothers, 1 sister

Occupation: worked at service station

Inducted: 

    - U. S. Army

        - 24 March 1941

Training: 

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

    - Camp Polk, Louisiana

Units:

    - 753rd Tank Battalion

        - assigned to battalion after basic training 

    - 192nd Tank Battalion

        - volunteered to replace National Guardsman released from federal service 

        - assigned to D Company 

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

     - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942 

Prisoner of War: 

     -  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
 

        - Cabanatuan

        - Nichols Airfield

            - POWs built runways and revetments with picks and shovels 

        - Bilibid Prison

    - Japan

         - Mukaishima

            - POWs gathered scrap metal
Hell Ship: Noto Maru
    - Sailed: 27 August 1944
    - Arrived: 29 - August 1944 - Takao, Formosa
    - Sailed: 31 August 1944
    - Arrived: 7 September 1944 - Moji, Japan

Liberated: September 1945

Promoted: Corporal

Died: 27 January 1975

Buried:

    - Oak Hill Memorial Park - Pittsburg, Oklahoma


 

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