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Sgt. Hezekiah Franklin Sallee


Born: 14 June 1920 - Mercer County, Kentucky

Parents: Hez Sallee & Sally Cunningham-Sallee

Siblings:4 brothers, 1 sister
    - father died when he was a child

Occupation: dairy worker

Enlisted: Kentucky National Guard

Inducted: U. S. Army - 25 November 1940

Nickname: Heze

Brother: James - HQ Company

Hometown:  Harrodsburg, 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
        - it was during this time the process was begun to transfer the company to the
          194th Tank Battalion
        - war came before the transfer was completed
        - the company remained under the command of the 192nd Tank Battalion

Engagements:
- 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942  

            - D Company tanks went north to Lingayen Gulf, in support of

              B Company, where Japanese were landing troops

                  - 21 December 1941

            - fought in battle at Agno River - 24 December 1941

    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942

            - major tank battle near the Bagac Road - 21 March 1942

                - last major battle
         - 9 April 1942
                - escaped to Corregidor
                - admitted hospital - 22 April 1942 - sprained left ankle

Prisoner of War: 

    6 May 1942
        - Ft. Mills Hospital - Corregidor

            - in hospital when Japanese lunched major offense to capture island
            - still in hospital - 11 May1942
            - not known when he was discharged

POW Camps: 

    - Philippine Islands: 

        - Corregidor

            - Americans held on island two weeks after surrender
            - taken by barge near Luzon coast
            - forced to jump into water and swim to shore
            - marched to Manila

        - Cabanatuan

            - assigned to Barracks 5, Group 3

            - assigned POW number 9616

                - Ernest Sampson was also assigned to this barracks
            - hospitalized - Tuesday - 2 November 1942 - diarrhea
                - discharged - Monday - 15 November 1942
Note: His mother learned he was a POW in April 1943

Hell Ship: 

      - Clyde Maru

        - Sailed: Manila - 23 July 1943

        -Arrived: Santa Cruz, Zambales, Philippines - same day

                - loaded manganese ore

             - remained in port for three days

       -  Sailed: 26 July 1943

           - 100 POWs permitted on deck at a time from 6:00 AM to

             4:00 PM

        -  Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 28 July 1943

        - Sailed: 5 August 1942 - at 8:00 AM

            - part of nine ship convoy

        - Arrived: Moji, Japan - 7 August 1943

            - POWs lined up on dock

            - marched to rail station and boarded train

                - 9:30 AM - train departed

                - 7:30 PM arrived at Omuta

                    - POWs marched 18 miles

                        - eighteen rode truck because they could not walk
POW Camp:

    - Japan:

         Fukuoka #17

            - POWs arrived: 10 August 1943

            - Work: coal mining

            - camp had a ten foot high wooden fence around it

                - three electrified wires topped the fence 

                - 50 POWs assigned to each barracks

                    - barracks 20 feet wide by 120 feet long

                    - ten rooms in a barracks

                        - four to six men assigned to each room

Died: 

    - Tuesday - 6 June 1944 - fractured skull and broken thigh bone - coal mine accident

    - portion of mine he was working in collapsed

Note: Although D Company was attached to the 194th Tank Battalion, the company

          remained under the command of the 192nd Tank Battalion.  Sgt. Heze F. Sallee's

          cross inaccurately shows him as a member of the 194th Tank Battalion.


 

 

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