Kubly

  

Sgt. 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

Training: 

    - 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 - 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: same day
    - Arrived: Manila, Philippine Islands -  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

    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942

Prisoner of War: 

    - 9 April 1942

        - Death March

POW Camps: 

    - Philippine Islands: 

          - Camp O'Donnell

          - Scrap Metal Detail - Pampanga Province

            - 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

          - Cabanatuan #1

          - Bilibid Prison

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

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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