Jendrysik

 

Sgt. Frank Jendrysik


Born: 20 August 1917 - Cook County, Illinois
Parents: Andrew Jendrysik & Lekla Brzorza-Jendrysik
     - Polish immigrants
         - father died when he was thirteen
         - mother died when he was fourteen
Siblings: 2 brothers
   - brothers raised him
Home: 5343 South New England Avenue - Chicago, Illinois
   - 1930 - family lived in Cicero, Illinois
Occupation: worked in Chicago Stock Yards
Enlisted: Illinois National Guard
    - enlisted with his best friend, Nick Fryzuik

Inducted:
    - U.S. Army
         - 25 November 1940
Training:
    - Fort Knox, Kentucky
    - Camp Polk, Louisiana
        192nd Tank Battalion took part in Louisiana maneuvers of 1941
Overseas Duty:
    - Philippine Islands    

    - battalion travels by train, over four different train routes to San Francisco, California

    -
        - taken to Angel Island in San Francisco Bay by ferry
    - October 25th & 26th - physicals given
        - some men released
        - others held back and scheduled to rejoin the battalion at a later date
        - replacements fill these positions
    - Boarded: U.S.S. General H. L. Scott - Monday - 27 October 1941

    - Sailed: same day
    - Arrived: Honolulu, Hawaii - Sunday - 2 November 1941
            - arrived in the morning
            - soldiers receive leave
    - Sailed: Tuesday - 4 November 1941
    - Arrived: Guam
        - ship loaded vegetables, bananas, water, coconuts
    - Sailed: same day
    - Arrived: Manila, Philippine Islands -  20 November 1941
        - entered Manila Bay - 8:00 A.M.
        - disembarked in the afternoon

    - battalion rode train to Fort Stotsenburg
    - tanks unloaded by 17th Ordnance

Engagements:
    - Battle of Luzon
        - 8 December 1942 - 6 January 1942
    - Battle of Bataan
        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942
Prisoner of War:
    - 9 April 1942
        - Death March
            - Mariveles - POWs start march at southern tip of Bataan
            - POWs ran past Japanesee 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:
    - Camp O'Donnell
            - unfinished Filipino training base
            - Japanese put camp into use as POW Camp
            - only one water spiget for entire camp
            - as many as 50 POWs died each day
    - Cabanatuan
         - Japanese opened camp to lower death rate among POWs
         - Frank remained behind because he was considered to be moved
Died: 31 August 1942 - dysentery
Buried:
    - Camp O'Donnell Cemetery
         - Section P  Row 6  Grave 9
Reburied: American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands
    - Plot:  A   Row: 10   Grave 97



 

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