Leake

 


Sgt. Richard Thomas Leake


Born: 16 August 1915 - Marion County, Kentucky

Parents: John B. Leake & Mary Agnes Gootee-Leake

Siblings: 3 brothers, 1 sister

Hometown: Raywick, Kentucky

Inducted: 

    - U. S. Army 

        - 21 January 1941 - Louisville

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

    - not known if he became a POW when Bataan surrendered, or if he escaped to

      Corregidor

POW Camps: 

    - Philippine Islands:

        - Cabanatuan

            - assigned to Barracks 5, Group 2
            - hospitalized - Thursday - 18 June 1942 - malaria
                - discharged - Friday - 29 January 1943

Hell Ship:

    - Taga Maru

        - Sailed: Manila - 20 September 1943

            - Note: Ship stopped at Takao, Formosa

        - Arrived: Moji, Japan - 5 October 1943
POW Camp:

   -  Japan:

        - Hirahata Camp #12B

             - Work: Seitetsu Steel Mills

                  - stevedores - blast furnace cleaning

Liberated: 4 September 1945

Discharged: 8 March 1946

Married: Mary G. Thomas

Children: 5 daughters, 3 sons

Occupation: Farmer

Home: Raywick, Kentucky

Died:

    - 1 May 1983 - Louisville, Kentucky

Buried:

    - Saint Francis Xavier Cemetery - Raywick, Kentucky


 

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