Linse

 

Pvt. Wilbur E. Linse


Born: 17 February 1918 - Buffalo County, Wisconsin

Parents: Etta Goeldner-Linse & Alvin A. Linse

Siblings: 3 brothers, 2 sisters

Home: Lanson Valley Road - Modena Township, Buffalo County, Wisconsin

Occupation: farmer

Inducted: 

    - U. S. Army 

        - 18 April 1941 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Training: 

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

        - tank mechanic 

        - at some point he trained as a medic 

    - Camp Polk, Louisiana

Overseas Duty:

    - U.S.A.T Hugh L. Scott
        - Boarded: San Francisco - Monday -  27 October 1941
        - Sailed: same day
        - Arrived: Honolulu, Hawaii - Sunday - 2 November 1941
            - soldiers were given shore leave to see the sights
        - Sailed: Tuesday - 4 November 1941
        - Arrived: Guam - not known
            - ships took on bananas, vegetables, coconuts, and water
        - Sailed: next day
        - Arrived: Manila, Philippine Islands - Thursday - 20 November 1941

            - soldiers bused to Ft. Stotsenburg
            - maintenance section remained at pier to unload tanks

Stationed:
        - Ft. Stotsenburg
            - General Edward King met the soldiers when they arrived
           
    - apologized to soldiers about living conditions
                - lived in tents along main road between fort and Clark Airfield

                - made sure they all had Thanksgiving Dinner before he had his dinner 
Engagements:

   - Battle of Luzon 

        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942

    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942 

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
 

        - Cabanatuan

            - "healthy" POWs sent to camp 

            - assigned to Barracks 7, Group 2

                - many of the medical staff assigned to barracks

            - 17 August 1944 - sent to Bilibid

    - Japan: 

        - Unknown Camp

        - Sendai #10

            - Work: Mining

Hell Ship:

- Noto Maru

        - Sailed: Manila - 27 August 1944 

        - Arrived: Takao & Keelung, Formosa

        - Sailed: Keelung, Unknown

        - Arrived: Moji, Japan - 4 September 1944

Liberated: 

    - September 1945
        - returned to the Philippine Islands

Promoted: Corporal
Transport:
    - U.S.S. General R. L. Howze
        - Sailed: Manila - 23 September 1945
        - Arrived: San Francisco - 16 October 1945 - 3:00 A.M.

            - someone spotted lights of San Francisco

            - the former POWs lined the rails as a tug helped the ship to the pier

            - men openly cried as a band played "San Francisco"
            - former POWs taken to Letterman General Hospital

Discharged: 28 April 1946
Reenlisted:  not known
Discharged: 1951
Residence: lived in California and Arizona
Never Married
Hospitalized: throat infection

Died: 9 January 1957 - Phoenix, Arizona

Buried:
    -15 January 1957

        - Saint Paul Lutheran Cemetery - Modena, Wisconsin

        

 

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