Sgt. William Bennett Mitchell Jr.

Born: 3 July 1914 - Cook County, Illinois
Parents: Othelia E. Novak-Mitchell & William B. Mitchell Jr.
Siblings: 5 brothers, 1 sister
Home: 1712 South 8th Avenue, Maywood, Illinois
Education:
    - Garfield School
    - high school - not known
Occupation: hatchery worker
Enlisted:
    - 7 September 1938
        - U.S. Army
Training:
    - not known
Unit:
    - H Battery, 60th Coast Artillery
Overseas Duty:
    - Philippine Islands
Engagements:
    - Battle of Luzon
        - 7 December 1941 - 6 January 1942
    - Battle of Bataan
       - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942
Prisoner of War:
     - 9 April 1942
         - Death March
POW Camps"
    - Camp O'Donnell
    - Cabanatuan
         - 5 October 1942 - POWs taken by truck to Port Area of Manila
Hell Ship:
    - Tottori Maru
        - Boarded: 7 October 1942
            - 1961 POWs boarded ship
            - 500 front hold, 1461 rear hold
        - Sailed: Manila - 8 October 1942 - 10:00 A.M.
            - meals: 3 small loaves of bread equal to one American loaf
            - passed Corregidor - noon
         - 9 October 1942 - two torpedoes fired at ship - missed
             - ship passes mine laid by American submarine
             - meal - 3 candy bags of soda crackers and hardtack
         - Arrived: Takao, Fromosa - 11 October 1942
         - Sailed: 16 October 1942 - 7:30 A.M.
             - returned to Takao - 10:00 P.M.
             - meals: POWs received two bags of hardtack and one meal of rice and
               soup each day
         - Sailed: 18 October 1942
         - Arrived: Pecadores Islands - same day
             - remained anchored off island for several days
             - two POWs died
         -  Sailed: 27 October 1942
         - Arrived: Takao - same day
             - 28 October 1942 - POWs taken ashore and bathed with firehoses
         - Sailed: 30 October 1942
         - Arrived: Makou, Pecadores Islands - same day - 5:00 P.M.
         - Sailed: 31 October 1942
             - 7 ship convoy
         - 5 November 1942 - one ship sunk
             - meal: two meals of rice and soup and one bag of hardtack
         - Arrived: 7 November 1942 - Fusan, Korea
         - Disembarked: 9 November 1942
             - issued new uniforms and fur-lined coats
             - sick POWs left behind at Fusan
             - those who recovered sent to Mukden, Manchuria
             - those who died cremated
             - white boxes with ashes sent to Mukden
POW Camp:
    - Mukden, Manchuria
Liberated:
    - September 1945 - Russian Army
Transport:
    -returned to Philippine Islands
Promoted: Staff Sergeant
Married: Rosa Asuncion
    - Date: before the war
Children:
    - 1 son - born - 28 April 1942 - Manila, Philippine Islands
    - 1 daughter, 1 son
Reenlisted: 20 March 1947 - Fort Sheridan, Illinois
Discharged:
    - Master Sergeant
Died: 15 April 2001 - Seaside, California
Buried: San Carlos Catholic Cemetery - Monterey, California
Note: Photo at top of page was taken after he returned home.





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