|Pvt. Harvey Emmet Logue
Pvt. Harvey E. Logue was born in 1915 to Michael T.
Logue and Rosie May Little-Logue in Kellyville,
Oklahoma. He was one of the couple's six
children. Sometime during the 1920s, both of
Harvey's parents died, and he and his three younger
siblings were put in an orphanage.
Harvey was inducted into the U.S. Army on March 19, 1941, in Oklahoma City, and he was sent to Fort Knox, Kentucky, for basic training. It is not known what specific training he received at Ft. Knox. After completing basic training, he was sent to Camp Polk, Louisiana, where he became a member of A Company, 753rd Tank Battalion. When he arrived in Louisiana, maneuvers were taking place, but his new battalion was not taking part in them. After the maneuvers, the 192nd Tank Battalion was ordered to Camp Polk instead of returning to Ft. Knox. The 192nd was informed it was being sent overseas and that men who were married or 19 years old or older could resign from federal service. It was at that time that Harvey become a member of the 192nd Tank Battalion and assigned to HQ Company.
Traveling west by train, HQ Company arrived at San
Francisco and was ferried to Ft. MacDowell on
Angel Island. On the island the soldiers
were given physicals and inoculated for duty in
the Philippine Islands. Some men with
medical conditions were replaced while others were
held back and scheduled to rejoin the battalion at
a later date.
fort, they were greeted by Colonel
Edward King, who apologized that the
men had to live in tents along the
main road between the fort and Clark
Field. He made sure that they
had what they needed, and that they
all received Thanksgiving Dinner
before he went to have his own dinner.
On April 11th, the first Japanese soldiers appeared at HQ company's encampment, and a Japanese officer ordered the company, with their possessions, out onto the road that ran in front of their encampment. Once on the road, the soldiers were ordered to kneel along the sides of the road with their possessions in front of them. As they knelt, the Japanese soldiers, who were passing them, went through their possessions and took whatever they wanted from the Americans. They remained along the sides of the road for hours.
HQ Company finally boarded their trucks and drove to outside of Mariveles. At Mariveles, the POWs were herded onto the airfield, the POWs were lined up for an inspection. The Japanese took the prisoners' jewelry and other items that had any meaning to them.
As the soldiers stood facing the Japanese guards, a line of Japanese soldiers began to form under the command of a sergeant. It appeared that the Japanese were going to execute the prisoners. A car pulled up, and out of the car climbed a Japanese officer who gave orders to the sergeant that they were not to kill the POWs. After doing this, he got back into the car and it drove off, and the Japanese soldiers lowered their guns.
Harvey and the other POWs were ordered to move to a school yard where they were made to kneel in the sun without food or water. They soon realized that behind them were Japanese artillery firing on Corregidor. The American guns on the island began returning fire. Shells from the American guns began landing around the POWs, who had no place to hide. One group of POWs took cover in a small brick building which took a direct hit killing all of them. Three of the four Japanese guns were also destroyed.
It was from Mariveles, late in the afternoon, that
Harvey began what would later become known as the
Bataan Death March. It appeared that at some
point Harvey began to have difficulty keeping up
with the other men of his company. According
to documents, he was left on the road somewhere
between Lubao and Guagua on April 16, 1942, since
they could no longer help him. The members
of his company believed he was executed by the
This part of Harvey's life is very skimpy, but it is known is that Harvey became a guerrilla and continued to fight the Japanese. It is believed he had been rescued by Filipino civilians who hid him from the Japanese. Where he fought and with whom he fought is unknown, but what is known is that he was captured by the Japanese, a little over a year later, on May 12, 1943.
Having fought as a guerilla, it is very likely that he was tortured during his time in captivity. It is known that he was transported by the Japanese to San Fernando for further interrogation and most likely to be executed. Somehow, he escaped on May 25, 1943.
Pvt. Harvey E. Logue was never heard of again. It is believed that he was killed while fighting the Japanese. After the war, he was officially declared dead on February 1, 1946, by the U. S. Army.
Since his final resting place is unknown, Pvt. Harvey E. Logue's name appears on the Tablets of the Missing at the American Military Cemetery outside of Manila.