Odom

 

Pvt. Lawrence Odom


Born: 21 November 1917 - Kuttawa, Kentucky

Parents: James G. Odom & Mamie Clemens-Odom

Siblings: 1 brother, 1 sister

Hometown: Eddyville, Kentucky

Inducted: 

    - U. S. Army 

        - 22 January 1941 - Louisville, Kentucky

Training: 

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

    - Camp Polk, Louisiana

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

    - company attached to 194th Tank Battalion
        -remained under command of 192nd Tank Battalion

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

            - at different times he carried Clarence Allen and James

              Thompson on march

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

        -Bilibid Prison    

    - Manchuria: 

         - Mukden Camp

            - Work: machine shop; lumber mill
Hell Ship:
    - Tottori Maru
       
- 5 October 1942 - POWs leave Cabanatuan
            - housed in warehouse on Pier 7
        - 7 October 1942 - boarded ship
        - Sailed - 8 October 1942
            - two torpedoes from an American submarines pass ship
            - ship passes mine laid by sub
        - Arrived: 12 October 1942 - Takao, Formosa
        - Sailed: 16 October 1942
            - returned same day
        - Sailed: 18 October 1942
            - arrived Pescadores Islands on the same day
            - anchored off islands
        - Sailed: 27 October 1942
            - arrived Takao, Formosa
        - 28 October 1942 - POWs taken ashore and bathed with fire horse
        - Sailed: 30 October 1942
            - arrived Makau, Pescadores Island
        - Sailed: 31 October 1942
        - Arrived - 7 November 1942 - Fusan, Korea
            - 8 November 1942 - POWs disembarked who were being sent to Mukden,
              Manchuria
            - POWs boarded train for a two day train ride

Liberated: September 1945 - Russian Army

Discharged: 13 May 1946

Promoted: Staff Sergeant

Died:

    - 5 March 1984 - Warren, Ohio

Buried:

     - Kuttawa Cemetery - Kuttawa, Kentucky 


 

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