Keeling

 

Tec 4 Birchell Keeling


Born: 9 May 1923 - Washington County, Kentucky

Parents: Cecil J. Keeling & Rose L. Fowler-Keeling

Siblings: 1 sister, 1 brother

Cousin: Earl Fowler 

Hometown: Burgin, Kentucky

Enlisted: Kentucky National Guard

Inducted:

    - U. S. Army

        - 25 November 1940 - Harrodsburg, 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

    - Ft. Stotsenburg - Philippine Islands

        - D Company was attached to 194th Tank Battalion

        - company remained under command of 192nd Tank Battalion 

        - company listed on Presidential Unit Citations of the 192nd

Engagements: 

    - Battle of Luzon

        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942

    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942 

Prisoner of War:

    - April 9, 1942

POW Camps: 

    - Philippine Islands:
        - Camp O'Donnell
            - Unfinished Filipino Army Training Base pressed into use as POW camp
            - one water spigot for entire camp
            - as many as 50 POWs died each day
        - Cabcaben Detail
            - POWs built runways with picks & shovels
            - became ill and sent to Cabanatuan

        - Cabanatuan
            - hospitalized - Sunday - 14 June 1942 - dysentery

Died:

    - Wednesday - 1 July 1942 - dysentery

        - Approximate time of death - 3:00 AM

Buried:

    - Cabanatuan Camp Cemetery

        - after the war his remains could not be positively identified

        - buried as an "Unknown" at the new American cemertery 

Memorial:

    - Tablets of the Missing - American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands


 

 

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