Norris



Pvt. Donald Clifford Norris


Born: 5 December 1911 - New London, Minnesota

Parents: Nathan G. Norris & Eva Libby-Norris

Siblings: 6 sisters, 5 brothers

Hometown: Roseville, Minnesota

Home:  1506 Hague Street - St. Paul, Minnesota

    - living on own at 19 years old

    - 1940 - living in Wausau, Wisconsin

Occupation: salesman

Inducted: 

    - U. S. Army 

        - 7 April 1941 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Training: 

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

    -  Camp Polk, Louisiana

Overseas Duty: 

      - U.S.A.T Hugh L. Scott
        - Boarded: San Francisco - Monday -  27 October 1941
        - Sailed: same day
        - Arrived: Honolulu, Hawaii - Sunday - 2 November 1941
            - soldiers were given shore leave to see the sights
        - Sailed: Tuesday - 4 November 1941
        - Arrived: Guam - not known
            - ships took on bananas, vegetables, coconuts, and water
        - Sailed: next day
        - Arrived: Manila, Philippine Islands - Thursday - 20 November 1941

            - soldiers bused to Ft. Stotsenburg
            - maintenance section remained at pier to unload tanks

Stationed:
        - Ft. Stotsenburg
            - General Edward King met the soldiers when they arrived
           
    - apologized to soldiers about living conditions
                - lived in tents along main road between fort and Clark Airfield

                - made sure they all had Thanksgiving Dinner before he had his dinner 

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 start 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

    - Japan:

        - Sendai #5B

        - Omori Camp 

        - Sendai #10B

            - Arrived: 10 May 1945

                - Work: Mining

                - suffered a permanent back injury

Hell Ship: 

    - Kenwa Maru
        - POWs left Cabantuan in early March 1944
        - Boarded: 6 March 1944
        - Sailed: Same day
        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 13 March 1944
        - Sailed: 15 March 1944
        - Arrived: Moji, Japan - 22 March 1944

Liberated: September 1945

Discharged: 10 May 1946

Married: 1 July 1946 - Marion Ryder - Atwell, Minnesota

Children: 1 son

Occupation: dairy and food inspector - Atwell, Minnesota

Died: 8 May 1995 - Sun City, Arizona


 

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