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Sgt. Howard Ronald Lang


Born: August 1918 - Saint Paul, Minnesota

Parents: August & Marie Lang

Siblings: 3 brothers, 2 sisters

Hometown: New Brighton, Minnesota

Inducted:

    - U. S. Army

        - 20 March 1941

Training: 

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

    - 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 leave
    - Sailed: Tuesday - 4 November 1941
    - Arrived: Guam
        - ship loaded vegetables, bananas, water, coconuts
    - Sailed: same day
    - Arrived: Manila, Philippine Islands -  20 November 1941
        - entered Manila 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 1941 - 6 January 1942
            - tank battalions last units to disengage from Japanese during withdrawal to Bataan

            - 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
                       
                    -  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
                - held the position until 5:30 A.M. until December 27th
                - prevented Japanese from crossing river
            - A Company attached to 194th - east of Pampanga
                - 2nd Lt. William Reed killed in action

    - 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
            - 28 January 1942 - beach duty
                - prevented Japanese from landing troops on Bataan

            - A Company wiped out a Japanese Bicycle Battalion that rode into its bivouac at night

            - the company had bivouacked on both sides of a road

            - a noise was heard - the tankers grabbed tommy-guns and stood behind their tanks

            - as they watched the bicycle battalion rode into their bivouac 

            - the tankers opened up with everything they had
           
            - when they ceased fire, the entire battalion had been wiped out

             - A Company wiped out a Japanese Bicycle Battalion that rode into its

               bivouac at night

             - the company had bivouacked on both sides of a road

             - a noise was heard - the tankers grabbed tommy-guns and stood behind

               their tanks

             - as they watched the bicycle battalion rode into their bivouac 

             - the tankers opened up with everything they had

             - when they ceased fire, the entire battalion had been wiped out

Prisoner of War:

     - 9 April 1942

        - Death March

            - Mariveles - POWs start 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
                - Howard was too ill to be moved
                - admitted to camp hospital - 21 June 1942
                    - discharged

         - Cabanatuan
             - hospitalized - Wednesday - 8 July 1942 - dysentery & malaria
                - discharged - Tuesday - 22 September 1942
Hell Ships:
    - Interisland Steamers
        - Sailed: 1 July 1942 - Manila
        - Arrived: 9 July 1942 - Davao, Mindano

POW Camp:
  - Davao - Tuesday - 27 October 1942 - Tuesday - 6 June 1944

             - first American plane seen in two years in late May 1944 

             - Japanese began to evacuate POWs
Hell Ships:
    - Yashu Maru

        - POWs taken by truck to Lasang - 6 June 1944

            - hands tied and shoes removed to prevent escapes

            - POWs put in forward holds

                - remained in holds for six days
        - Sailed: Lasang, Mindano - 12 June 1944

            - ship dropped anchor off Zamboanga, Midinao - 14 June 1944
        - Arrived: Cebu City - 17 June 1944

            - POWs disembark put in warehouse

        - Sailed: unnamed ship - 21 June 1944
            - POWs called ship "Singoto Maru"

        - Arrived:  Manila- 24 June 1944           
            - POWs taken to Bilibid Prison
POW Camp:

      - Bilibid Prison
Hell Ship:

     - Nissyo Maru

        - Boarded: Manila - 17 July 1944 - boarded 8:00 A.M.
        - Sailed: 18 July 1944 - dropped anchor off breakwater
            - remained there until 23 July 1944
        - Sailed: 24 July 1944
            - 26 July 1944 - one ship in convoy sunk by American submarine - 3:00 A.M.
        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 9:00 A.M. - 28 July 1944
        - Sailed: 28 July 1944 - 7:00 P.M.
            - sailed through storm 30 July to 2 August 1944
            - 3 August 1944 - issued new clothes

        - Arrived: Moji, Japan - midnight - 4 August 1944

            - disembark ship - 8:00 A.M.
            - marched to theater
            - taken by train to POW camp
POW Camps:
    - Japan: 

          - Nagoya #5B

              - sulfuric acid production
              - POWs transferred -  25 May 1945

          - Toyama Camp #7-B

              - Work: Scrap metal smelter

Liberated: 5 September 1945
        - returned to Philippine Islands
Transport:
        - U.S.S. Hugh Rodman
            - Sailed: Manila - September 1945
            - Arrived: San Francisco, California - 3 October 1945
                - former POWs taken to Letterman Hospital

Promoted: Staff Sergeant

Died:

    - 1992 - Cumberland, Wisconsin


 

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