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S/Sgt. Joe Baxter Million
Born: 1 July 1918 - Mercer County, Kentucky
Parents: Charles Million & Filora Norton-Million
Siblings: 3 brothers, 3 sisters
Home: Central Road - Mercer County, Kentucky
Occupation: worked on family farm
Enlisted: Kentucky National Guard
Inducted:
     - U. S. Army
         - 25 November 1940
Training:
    - Fort Knox, Kentucky
    - Camp Polk, Louisiana
         - member of tank crew with Marcus Lawson and L. T. Nix

Overseas Duty:
    - Boarded: U.S.A.T. Hugh L. Scott

 
    - Sailed: Monday - 27 October 1941 - San Francisco, California
    - Arrived: Sunday - 2 November 1941 - Honolulu, Hawaii
    - Sailed: Tuesday - 4 November 1941
        - ship stopped at Guam
            - loaded bananas, coconuts, vegetables, and water
    - Sailed: Not known
    - Arrived: Manila Bay - Thursday - 20 November 1941 - about 8:00 A.M.
    - taken to St. Stostenburg - arrived about 3:30 P.M.
    - lived in tents along road between the fort and Clark Airfield

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 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 #1
            - camp opened to lower death rate among POWs
        - Lipa, Batangas
            - Work: POWs built run with picks and shovels and worked on farm
        - Palawan Island
            - POWs built runways
Died:
    - Thursday - 14 December 1944 - burnt to death
        - Japanese believed Americans were going to invade island
Buried:
    - Japanese buried POWs in a mass grave
    - exhumed after war
Reburied:
    - Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery - Saint Louis, Missouri




 

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