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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. 
   
The 192nd was boarded onto the U.S.S. Hugh L. Scott and sailed from San Francisco on Monday, October 27th, for Hawaii, as part of a three ship convoy.  The ships arrived at Honolulu on Sunday, November 2nd, and the soldiers were given shore leave so they could see the island.  On Tuesday, November 4th, the ships sailed for Guam taking a southerly route away from the main shipping lanes. One day, smoke was seen on the horizon.  The heavy cruiser that was escorting the ships revved its engines, its bow came out of the water, and the ship took off in the direction of the smoke.  As it turned out, the ship was from a neutral country.
   When the ships arrived at Guam, they took on water, bananas, coconuts, and vegetables, before sailing the next day for Manila. 
At one point, the ships passed an island at night.  While they passed the island, they did so in total blackout.  This, for many of the soldiers, was a sign that they were being sent into harm's way.  The ships entered Manila Bay on Thursday, November 20th and docked later in the day.  The soldiers disembarked from the ship three hours after it docked and were taken by bus to Ft. Stotsenburg.  The truck drivers drove their tanks to the base.

    At the 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 Monday, December 1st, the tanks were ordered to the perimeter of Clark Field to guard against paratroopers.  The 194th Tank Battalion guarded the northern portion of the airfield and the 192nd guarded the southern portion.  At all times, two members of each tank and half-track remained with their vehicles.  Meals were served to the tankers from food trucks.
    The morning of December 8th, the officers of the 192nd were called to an office and informed of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  All members of the tank companies were sent to the airfield.  HQ Company remained behind in their bivouac. 
    All morning the sky was filled with American planes.  At noon, the planes landed to be refueled, they were lined up in a straight line, and the pilots went to lunch.  At 12:45 in the afternoon, Japanese bombers appeared over Clark Field destroying the American Army Air Corps. 

    The tank battalion received orders on December 21st that it was to proceed north to Lingayen Gulf.   Because of logistics problems, the B and C Companies soon ran low on gas.  When they reached Rosario, there was only enough for one tank platoon, from B Company, to proceed north to support the 26th Cavalry.
    On December 23rd and 24th, the battalion was in the area of Urdaneta.   The bridge they were going to use to cross the Agno River was destroyed and the tankers made an end run to get south of river.  As they did this, they ran into Japanese resistance early in the evening, but they successfully crossed the river.
    On December 25th, the tanks of the battalion held the southern bank of the Agno River from Carmen to Tayung, with the tanks of the 194th holding the line on the Carmen-Alcala-Bautista Road.  The tanks held the position until 5:30 in the morning on December 27th, when the tanks fell back toward Santo Tomas near Cabanatuan, and at San Isidro, south of Cabanatuan, on December 28th and 29th.  While there, the bridge over the Pampanga River was destroyed, but once again, they were able find a crossing over the river.
    The evening of April 8, 1942, Capt. Fred Bruni, HQ's commanding officer, gave his men the news of the surrender.  While informing the members of the company of the surrender, he waved his arm toward the tanks and told the men that they would no longer need them.  As he spoke, his voice choked.  He turned away from the men for a moment, and when he turned back he continued.  He next told the sergeants what they should do to disable the tanks.  During the announcement, Bruni emphasized that they all were to surrender together.   He told the soldiers to destroy their weapons and any supplies that could be used by the Japanese.  The only thing they were told not to destroy were the company's trucks.  The men waited in their bivouac until ordered to move.  Somehow, Bruni had found enough bread and pineapple juice for what he called, "Their last supper."

    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 Japanese.

   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.








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