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Sgt. Charles Robert Quinn
Born: 12 August 1919 - Mercer County, Kentucky

Home: Mercer County, Kentucky

Parents: Robert Quinn & Carrie Steele-Quinn

Siblings: 3 brothers, 1 sister

Hometown: McAfee, Kentucky
Education: 3 years of high school

Enlisted:

    - Kentucky National Guard

Inducted:

    - U. S. Army

        - 25 November 1940 - Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Training:

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

    - Camp Polk, Louisiana

Tank Commander

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

        - D Company attached to the 194th Tank Battalion 

        - D Company 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

            - escaped to Corregidor the night of 8 April 1942 

    - Battle of Corregidor

        - 9 April 1942 - 6 May 1942 

Prisoner of War:

    - 6 May 1942

POW Camps: 

    - Philippine Islands:
        - Corregidor
           - enlisted men were held on the beach - designated Camp #9

        - Cabanatuan

        - Nichols Airfield

            - POWs leveled mountain with picks and shovels to extend runways
            - housed at Pasay School
            - POWs received brutal treatment by Japanese
            - POWs fed leftovers from Japanese kitchen
        - Bilibid Prison
            - sent to hospital ward
                - admitted 14 July 1944

                    - pellagra
                - on roster of POWs being sent to Japan
            - returned to Cabanatuan

        - Cabanatuan  

Liberated: 31 December 1944 - U. S. Rangers

    - returned to the Philippines

Transport:

    - U.S.S. General A. E. Anderson
        - Sailed: Manila - not known

        - Arrived: San Francisco - 8 March 1945
Note: After the war, Charlie was asked to tour with John Wayne and Anthony Quinn on a promotional tour for the movie Back to Bataan.  He remained in the Army until 1962, when he retired.  Afterwards, he remained in California where he worked for the Bank of America.  He became an officer of the bank in Salinas, California, which was the hometown of C Company, 194th Tank Battalion.
Died: 8 November 1998 - Crescent City, California





 

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