Kubly_R



Pfc. Robert C. Kubly
Born: 31 March 1913 - Monticello, Wisconsin
Parents: Conrad & Emma Kubly

    - father died during 1920s

    - moved to Center, Wisconsin

    - living in Portage, Wisconsin - when he was inducted

Siblings: 4 sisters

Hometown: Evansville, Wisconsin

Occupation: farm hand

Enlisted: Wisconsin National Guard

Inducted: 

    - U. S. Army 

        - 25 November 1940 - Janesville, Wisconsin

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

        - attended cook's school

        - A Company's mess sergeant 

    - Camp Polk, Louisiana

Overseas Duty: 

      - 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 -  Sunday - 2 November 1941
            - arrived in the morning
            - soldiers receive shore leave
    - Sailed: Tuesday - 4 November 1941
    - Arrived: Guam
        - ship loads vegetables, bananas, water, coconuts
    - Sailed: next day
    - Arrived: Manila, Philippine Islands -  Thursday - 20 November 1941
        - entered 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
            - 12 December 1941 - Barrio of Dau
                - guarded a road and railway
            - 23/24 December 1941
                 - Urdaneta. Pangasinan Province
                    - while outside barrio the company's commander Captain Walter Write was killed

                    - because the tanks were not allowed to withdraw, they almost were captured
                    - tanks made end run to a bridge in the Bayambang Province over the Agno River
            - 25 December 1941 - tanks held south bank of Agno River from Carmen to Tayung

                - asked to hold the position for six hours
                - held the position until 5:30 A.M. until December 27th
                - prevented Japanese from crossing river
                - A Company attached to 194th - east of Pampanga

            - 30 December 1941

                - on road east of Zaragoza   

                - Japanese bicycle battalion rode into bivouac
                - when last bicycle goes past tanks, the tankers fired

                - tankers wiped out the Japanese
                - 2nd Lt. William Read killed in action during withdraw from area

            - 1 January 1942
                - held bridge which allowed troops from southern Luzon to escape toward Bataan

    - Battle of Bataan        
        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942

        - 23 January 1942 - 17 February 1942
            - wiped out Japanese troops cut off behind main line of defense

        - 27 January 1942
            - tanks held position for six hours to allow a new line of defense to form
            - tanks and self-propelled mounts inflict 50% casualties on three Japanese units

        - 28 January 1942 - beach duty

Prisoner of War: 

    - 9 April 1942

        - Death March

POW Camps: 

    - Philippine Islands: 

        - Camp O'Donnell

        - Scrap Metal Detail - San Fernando

        - POWs tied together vehicles and drove them to San Fernando

            - from San Fernando, the vehicles were taken to Manila to be sent to Japan

            - spent time in Pampanga Provincial Hospital suffering from dysentery & malaria

            - discharged:  He was taken by Japanese on 10 October 1942
            - admitted to Ward 8 - Bilibid Prison
                - malaria

          - Cabanatuan #1
            - went out on work detail

          - Bilibid Prison
            - Admitted: not known
                - malaria
            - Discharged: 17 May 1943

Hell Ship: 

    - Taga Maru - ship also known as Coral Maru

        - Sailed: Manila - 20 September 1943

        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 23 September 1943

        - Sailed: Takao - 26 September 1943

        - Arrived: Moji, Japan - 5 October 1943

POW Camp:

    - Japan:

          -  Sakurajima

              - Work: Osaka Iron Works

              - camp was destroyed in air raid

          - Nagoya #9

              - 29 May 1945 - 5 September 1945

              - Work: Stevedores Iwase docks

Liberated: September 1945
    - returned to the Philippines

Promoted_ Sergeant
Sailed: Manila - U.S.S. Yarmouth
Arrived: San Francisco - 8 October 1945

Discharged: 14 May 1946

Married: Josephine Soderstrom

    - 27 November 1945 - Rockford, Illinois

Children:

    - 1 daughter

        - born 1947

        - died 1948

    - 1 son

Residence:

    - moved to California in 1948

Died:

    - 7 December 2004 - Ontario, California




 

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