Pvt. Cecil May Hutton
Born: 13 February 1919 - Scott County, Kentucky
Parents: John F. Hutton & Rebecca A. Blythe-Hutton
Siblings: 3 sisters, 1 brother
Hometown: Minorsville, Kentucky
    - living in Boone County, Kentucky when he enlisted
Education: grade school
Occupation: farmhand
Enlisted:
    - U.S. Army
        - 11 January 1941 - Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky
Training:
    - Fort Knox, Kentucky
        - trained on tanks of the 192nd Tank Battalion
Units:
    - 19th Ordnance Battalion
        - A Company reorganized as 17th Ordnance Company
Overseas Duty:

    - U.S.S. Calvin Coolidge
        - Boarded: San Francisco, California - Monday - 8 September 1941
        - Sailed: 9:00 P.M.
        - Arrived: Honolulu, Hawaii - Saturday 13 September 1941 - 7:00 A.M.
            - soldiers given shore leave for the day
        - Sailed: same day
        - Arrived: Manila, Philippine Islands - Friday - 26 September 1941
        - Disembark
            - 17th Ordnance remained behind to unload tanks of the 194th Tank Battalion
                - reattached turrets to tanks
        - rode bus to Ft. Stotsenburg
     
    

Engagements:
    - Battle of Luzon
        - 8 December 1942 - 6 January 1942
    - Battle of Bataan
        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942
            - serviced the tanks of the 192nd & 194th Tank Battalions
Prisoner of War:
    - 9 April 1942
        - Death March
            - started march at Mariveles on the southern tip of Bataan
            - POWs ran past Japanese artillery firing on Corregidor
                - American Artillery returned fire
                    - knocked out three Japanese guns
            - San Fernando - POWs put into small wooden boxcars

                - each car could hold eight horses or forty men
                - Japanese packed 100 POWs into each boxcar
                - POWs who died remained standing
            - Capas - POWs leave boxcars - dead fall out of cars
                - walked last ten miles to Camp O'Donnell
Prison Camps:
    - Philippines
        - Camp O'Donnell 
            - unfinished Filipino Army training base
            - Japanese use camp for POWs
            - one water spigot for entire camp
            - as many as 50 POWs died each day
            - Japanese opened new POW camp to lower death rate
            - Hutton was considered "too ill" to be moved
Died:
   - Saturday - 6 June 1942 - dysentery
Buried:
    - Camp O'Donnell Cemetery
Reburied:
    - American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands
        - Plot:  F    Row:  4   Grave:  6

 






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