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Tec 5 William C. Kent


Born: 7 June 1922 - Crenshaw County, Alabama
Parents: Charlie H. Kent & Effie Jane Williamson

Hometown: Honoraville, Alabama

Siblings: 6 sisters, 3 brothers

Inducted:

    - U. S. Army

        - 29 July 1940 - Montgomery, Alabama

Training:

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

    - Camp Polk, Louisiana

Unit: 192nd Tank Battalion

    - company was attached to the 194th Tank Battalion but remained under the command of

        the 192nd Tank Battalion

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:

    - 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
            - Japanese opened new POW camp to lower death rate
 

        - Cabanatuan
            - hospitalized - Thursday - 18 June 1942 - cerebral malaria

Died: 
        - Wednesday - 24 June 1942 - dysentery
            - after the war, his remains could not be positively identified

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

Memorial:

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



 

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