Likens

 

Sgt. Claude Likens


Born: 15 May 1917 - Iowa

Parents: William H. Likens & Pearl M. Turner-Likens

Siblings: 4 sisters, 2 brothers

Home: 18th Street Road, Kosmosdale, Kentucky

    - this was a company town owned by cement company 

Employed:

    - Kosmos Portland Cement Company

Inducted:

    - U. S. Army  

        - 1 March 1941 - Louisville, Kentucky

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  

            - D Company tanks went north to Lingayen Gulf, in support of

              B Company, where Japanese were landing troops

                  - 21 December 1941

            - fought in battle at Agno River - 24 December 1941

    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942

            - major tank battle near the Bagac Road - 21 March 1942

                - last major battle

    - Battle of Corregidor

        - 9 April 1942 - 6 May 1942

            - when ordered to surrender, he swam to Corregidor  

            - Fort Drum

                - assigned to fort after escaping Bataan

POW: 

    - 6 May 1942

        - sent out on work detail to Marinduque

            - appears POWs rebuilt WaWa Dam on Boac River

            - detail ended 18 May 1942

Camps:

    - Philippine Islands: 

        - Bilibid Prison

            - arrived - 18 May 1942

        - Cabanatuan 

           - arrived - 26 May 1942

           - departed - 18 September 1942

        - Bilibid Prison

           - taken to Port Area of Manila
Hell Ship:
    - Lima Maru
        - Sailed: Manila - 20 September 1942
        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 22 September 1942
            - disembarked ship

    - Formosa: 

        - Taichu Camp - two months in camp
Hell Ship:
    - Dai Nichi Maru
        - Sailed: Takao, Formosa - 13 November 1942
        - Arrived: Yokohama, Japan - 28 November 1942
POW Camps:

    - Japan: 

        - Yokohama #1D

            - POWs transferred after 15 April 1945 fire bombing

        - Omori Headquarters Camp

            - Work: stevedore - Yokohama Ship Yard
            - Some POWs in the camp made propaganda broadcasts for the Japanese

Liberated: September 1945

Discharged: 3 May 1946

Died: 12 December 1996 - West Point, Kentucky

Buried:

    - Bethany Memorial Cemetery - Louisville, Kentucky





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