Sgt. John Joseph Morine
Sgt. John J. Morine was the son of Frank & Rosa
Morine. He was born on November 22, 1916, and
grew up in Gypsum, Ohio, where his father worked for
U. S. Gypsum. With his brother and sister, he
grew up in company housing. His family and
friends called him "Chocolate" because of his dark
After high school, John was employed by U. S. Gypsum. It was while he was in high school, that he joined the Ohio National Guard in 1932. His father had to sign the papers since John was only sixteen. In the fall of 1940, John was called to federal service when H Company of the Ohio National Guard was designated C Company, 192nd Tank Battalion. During his training at Ft. Knox, he rose in rank to sergeant and was made a tank commander. It is known one member of his tank crew was John Minier.
In the late summer of 1941, the 192nd was sent to Louisiana to take part in the Louisiana maneuvers of 1941. After the maneuvers the members of the battalion learned they were to stay at Camp Polk instead of returning to Ft. Knox. None of the men had any idea why they were being kept at the fort..
On the side of a hill, the tankers learned that they were being sent overseas as part of Operation PLUM. Within hours, many of the tankers had figured out that PLUM stood for Philippines, Luzon, Manila. John received a furlough home to say his goodbyes.
Over different train routes, the battalion's companies traveled to San Francisco. They were taken by ferry to Fort McDowell on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay. There, they were given physicals and inoculated for duty in the Philippine Islands. Those men who were found to need minor medical treatment remained behind at the fort and scheduled to rejoin the battalion at a later date.
The 192nd was
boarded onto the
and sailed from
San Francisco on
27th, for Hawaii
as part of a
They arrived at
given leaves so
they could see
the ships sailed
At one point,
the ships passed
an island at
island, they did
so in total
This for many of
the soldiers was
a sign that they
were being sent
they arrived at
Guam, the ships
took on water,
The ships sailed
the same day for
Bay on Thursday,
and docked at
was the date
scheduled to be
were taken by
bus to Ft.
Early on the morning of the 31st, the Japanese began moving troops and across the bridge. The engineers came next and put down planking for tanks. A little before noon Japanese tanks began crossing the bridge.
Later that day, the Japanese had assembled a large number of troops in the rice field on the northern edge of the town. One platoon of tanks under the command of 2nd Lt. Marshall Kennady were to the southeast of the bridge. Gentry's tanks were to the south of the bridge in huts, while third platoon commanded by Capt Harold Collins was to the south on the road leading out of Baluiag. 2nd Lt. Everett Preston had been sent south to find a bridge to cross to attack the Japanese from behind.
Major Morley came riding in his jeep into Baluiag. He stopped in front of a hut and was spotted by the Japanese who had lookouts in the town's church's steeple. The guard became very excited so Morley, not wanting to give away the tanks positions, got into his jeep and drove off. Bill had told him that his tanks would hold their fire until he was safely out of the village.
When Gentry felt the Morley was out of danger, he ordered his tanks to open up on the Japanese tanks at the end of the bridge. The tanks then came smashing through the huts' walls and drove the Japanese in the direction of Lt. Marshall Kennady's tanks. Kennady had been radioed and was waiting.
platoon held its fire until the Japanese were in
view of his platoon and then joined in the
hunt. The Americans chased the tanks up and
down the streets of the village, through buildings
and under them. By the time Bill's unit was
ordered to disengage from the enemy, they had
knocked out at least eight enemy tanks.