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Pvt. Willard Rose


Born: 14 November 1916 - Kentucky

Parents: Henry & Dara Rose

Home: Lee City, Kentucky

Siblings: 4 brothers, 3 sisters

Home: Montgomery County, Ohio

Inducted:

    - U. S. Army

        - 15 March 1941 - Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky

Training:

    - Ft. 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
        - it was at this time the process of transferring D Company to the 194th Tank Battalion
            - war came before the transfer was finished
            - the company remained under the command of the 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

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

            - selected for transport to Japan - 7 March 1944

Hell Ship:

    - Taikoku Maru

        - Sailed: Manila - 24 March 1944

        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 27 March 1944

        - Sailed: 3 April 1944

        - Arrived: Moji, Japan  - 9 April 1944
            - POWs boarded train on 10 April 1944
            - Arrived Hitachi - 11 April 1944

Japan:
    - Hitachi POW Camp
        - POWs used as slave labor in copper mine
        - transferred - 14 August 1944

    - Mitsushima POW Camp

        - Work: stevedores

Liberated:

    September 1945

Promoted: Corporal

Discharged: 6 July 1946

Residence: Miamisburg, Ohio

Occupation: machinist

Died: 8 April 1992 - Dayton, Ohio

Buried:

    - Highland Memorial Cemetery - Miamisburg, Ohio


 

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