Hungate

 

Pfc. Wesley Davis Hungate


Born: 28 February 1919 - Kentucky
Father: Stafford Hungate & Maud Pearson-Hungate

    - mother died while he was a child
    - father remarried
    - raised by his uncle, David Hungate
Hometown: Salvisa, Kentucky
Enlisted: Kentucky National Guard
Inducted:
    - U. S. Army
        - 25 November 1940  Fort Knox, Kentucky
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's
                  hold

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
            - 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
Died:
    - Saturday - 16 May 1942 - dysentery
Buried:
    - Camp O'Donnell Cemetery
        - Section:  F   Row:  7   Grave:  5
Reburied:
    - 1 November 1949
        - Camp Nelson National Cemetery - Nicholasville, Kentucky
            - Plot:  D   Grave:  150

 

 

 

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