Sapp
 

Pvt. Paige Edison Sapp


Born: 23 June 1914 - Kitzmiller, Maryland

Parents: Bruce Sapp & Mary McDonnell-Sapp

Siblings: 2 sisters, 5 brothers

Home: Lyon Township, Preston County, West Virginia

Education: 2 years of college

Occupation: worked on family's farm

Inducted:

    - U.S. Army

        - 31 January 1941 - Fort Meade, Maryland

Training: 

    - Fort Benning, Georgia

Units: 

    - 42nd Engineers Construction Battalion - Corps of Engineers
    - D Company, 192nd Tank Battalion
        - apparently joined company on Bataan, Philippine Islands

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

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 #1

        - Port Area Detail

            - Work: POWs worked as stevedores 

    - Japan

        - Kaimioka Camp #1B

            - Work: lead and zinc mining - POWs worked nine hour days

Hell Ship:

    - Nissyo Maru

        - Sailed: Manila - 17 July 1944

        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 27 July 1944

        - Sailed: 28 July 1944

        - Arrived: Moji, Japan - 3 August 1944

Liberated:

    - September 1945

Discharged: 31 January 1946

Occupation: steel worker

Died:

    - 1 August 1953 - Sandyville, West Virginia

        - auto accident - fractured skull and broken neck


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