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Pvt. Willis E. Lewis


Born: 29 July 1918 - Nelson County, Kentucky

Mother: Shelton Lewis & Mattie Kay-Lewis

Siblings: 2 sisters, 4 brothers

Hometown: Mount Washington, Kentucky

Inducted: 

    - U. S. Army

         - 21 February 1941

Training:

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

    - Camp Polk, Louisiana

Overseas Duty:
    - U.S.S. Hugh L. Scott
        - Sailed: San Francisco - Monday - 27 October 1941
        - Arrived: Honolulu, Hawaii - Sunday - 2 November 1941
        - Sailed: 5 November 1941 - Tuesday - 4 November 1941
            - stopped at Guam and picked up vegetables, bananas, coconuts, and water
        - Arrived: Manila, Philippine Islands - Thursday - 20 November 1941

            - taken by bus to train station

            - some members of battalion drove trucks to the fort

            - maintenance section remained behind to unload tanks
    - Fort Stostenburg
        - housed in tents along main road between fort and Clark Airfield
        - spent next seventeen days loading ammunition belts and preparing equipment for
          maneuvers

Engagements: 

    - Battle of Luzon

        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942
            - D Company fought with the 194th Tank Battalion

    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942
            - promoted: corporal
    -Battle of Corregidor

        - 9 April 1942 - 6 May 1942

            - escaped to Corregidor when Bataan was surrendered

        - 6 May 1942
            - captured on Corregidor
        - POWs transferred to Cabcaben - 19 May 1942

POW Camps:

    Philippine Islands:

        - Cabanatuan

            - camp opened to lower death rate among POWs
            - hospitalized - Wednesday - 1 July 1942 - malaria & malnutrition
                - discharged - Thursday - 24 September 1942

Hell Ship:

    - Taga Maru

        - ship also known as Coral Maru 

        - Sailed: Manila - 23 September 1943

        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 26 September 1943

        - Sailed: Unknown

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

    Japan:

        - Shinjuku - name given to area where POWs held

            - the camp may have been a hospital

            - the POWs appeared to have worked in the Imperial Gardens

Discharged: 12 January 1946

Occupation: Owner of flooring store

Died:

    - 23 April 2008 - Mount Washington, Kentucky


 

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