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Pvt. Otha Johnson


Born: 9 December 1913 - Paducah, Kentucky

Parents: George E. Johnson & Lola C. Jones-Johnson

Siblings: 2 brothers,  2 sisters

Home: 527 North Third Street - Paducah, Kentucky

Married: 18 January 1941
    - Widower- wife died while he was in Army

Occupation: Knitter - hosiery mill

Inducted: 

    - U. S. Army

         - 22 January 1941 - Louisville, Kentucky

Training:

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

    - Camp Polk, Louisiana

Overseas Duty: Philippine Islands
    - Boarded:  U.S.A.T. Hugh L Scott - Monday - 27 October 1941

    - Sailed: 27 October 1941
    - Arrived: Honolulu, Hawaii - Sunday - 2 November 1941
        - soldiers given shore leave
    - Sailed: Tuesday - 4 November 1941
    - Arrived: Guam - date not known
        - loaded vegetables, bananas, water, and coconuts
    - Sailed: next day
    - Arrived: Manila - Thursday - 20 November 1941
        - soldiers took buses to Fort Stostenburg
        - maintenance section of battalion remained behind to unload tanks

Engagements:

    - Battle of Luzon

        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942

    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942 

            - night of 8 April 1942 - escaped to Corregidor

    - Battle of Corregidor

        - 9 April 1942 - 6 May 1942 

Prisoner of War:

    - 6 May 1942

POW Camps: 

    - Philippine Islands:

        - Cabanatuan

        - Clark Field

            - POWs built runways and revetments 

    - Japan:

        - Shinjuku Camp

            - The camp appeared to be a hospital camp for ill POWs

            - The POWs were used to work in the imperial gardens
Hell Ship:
    - Noto Maru
    - Boarded: 25 August 1944
    - Sailed: Manila - 27 August 1944
    - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 31 August 1944

        - Sailed: 1 September 1944

        - Arrived: Moji, Japan - 7 September 1944

Liberated: September 1945

Promoted: Staff Sergeant

Died:

     - 19 January 1967 - Paducah, Kentucky

Buried:

    - Johnson Cemetery - McCracken County, Kentucky


 

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