Lofton

 


Pvt. Woodrow P. Lofton


Born: 25 February 1914 - Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma

Home: Garvin County, Oklahoma

Parents: James & Mary Lofton

    - mother married John Gann 

Siblings: 2 sisters
Education: grammar school

Occupation: farmhand

Inducted: 

    - U. S. Army 

        - 21 March 1941 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Training: 

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

    - Camp Polk, Louisiana

Units: 

    - 753rd Tank Battalion

        - assigned to battalion after basic training at Ft. Knox and sent to

          Camp Polk 

    - 192nd Tank Battalion

        - volunteered to join battalion to replace a National Guardsman

           released from federal service. 

Duties: 

    - truck driver

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: 

    - 9 April 1942

        - Death March

            - Mariveles - POWs started march at southern tip of Bataan

                - POWs ran past Japanese artillery firing on Corregidor 

                - American artillery on Corregidor returned fire

            - San Fernando - POWs put into small wooden boxcars used to

               haul sugarcane

                - each boxcar held eight horses or 40 men 

                - Japanese packed 100 POWs into each boxcar

            - Capas POWs left boxcars - dead fell to floors of boxcars

            - POWs walked the last ten miles to Camp O'Donnell 

POW Camps: 

    - Philippine Islands: 

        - Camp O'Donnell

            - unfinished Filipino Army training base

            - Japanese put base into use as POW camp

            - one water spigot for the entire camp

            - as many as 50 POWS died each day 

            - Japanese opened new camp at Cabanatuan to lower death rate 

        - Cabanatuan

            - camp opened to lower death rates among POWs
            - hospitalized - 16 June 1942 - dysentery

Died:

- Sunday - 5 July 1942 - dysentery

    - Approximate time of death - 12:30 AM

Buried:

    - Grave 1197,  Row 10,  Grave 3

Reburied:

    - October 1949 

        - Mount Olivet Cemetery - Pauls Valley, Oklahoma


 

 

 

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