Pvt. Glen Robert Schlingerman
| Pvt. Glen R.
Schlingerman was born on October 27, 1918, Winona,
Minnesota, to Paul Schlingerman & Pauline
Wozniak-Schlingerman. With his sister, he
was raised at 1123 East Mason Street in Green Bay,
Wisconsin, and after he graduated high school and
worked as a projectionist at a movie
theater. One of his hobbies was he operated
a ham radio.
Glen was inducted into the U.S. Army on January 28, 1941, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and sent to Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he did his basic training and attended radio operators school. He qualified as a radio operator and was assigned to A Company, 192nd Tank Battalion.
In late August, the battalion was informed it would take part in maneuvers in Louisiana. During the maneuvers the battalion performed exceptionally well. After the maneuvers, instead of returning to Ft. Knox, the battalion where ordered to Camp Polk. None of the members had any idea why they were being sent there.
On the side of a hill, the battalion members were informed that they were being sent overseas. They were told that this decision had been made by General George S. Patton. Those members of the battalion who were 29 years old or older were given the opportunity to resign from federal service.
Over different train routes, the battalion traveled to San Francisco, California, and were ferried to Ft. McDowell on Angel Island. On the island, they received inoculations and physicals, and those members of the battalion who were found to have treatable medical conditions remained behind on the island. They were scheduled to rejoin the battalion at a later date. Men with major health issues were replaced.
The 192nd was boarded onto the U.S.S. Hugh L. Scott and sailed on Monday, October 27th. During this part of the trip, many tankers had seasickness, but once they recovered they spent much of the time training in breaking down machine guns, cleaning weapons, and doing KP. They arrived at Honolulu, Hawaii, on Sunday, November 2nd and had a two day layover, so the soldiers were given shore leave so they could see the island.
On Wednesday, November 5th, the ships sailed for Guam but took a southerly route away from the main shipping lanes. It was at this time it was joined by, the heavy cruiser, the U.S.S. Louisville and the S.S. Calvin Coolidge. On Sunday night, November 9th, the soldiers went to bed and when they woke up the next morning, it was Tuesday, November 11th, since the ships had crossed the International Date Line during the night. It was during this part of the voyage, on Saturday, November 15th, smoke from an unknown ship was seen on the horizon. The Louisville revved up its engines, its bow came out of the water, and it took off in the direction of the smoke, which turned out to be from a ship from a friendly country.
When they arrived at Guam the next day, the ships took on water, bananas, coconuts, and vegetables before sailing the next day for Manila. At one point, the ships passed an island at night. While they passed the island, they did so in total blackout. This for many of the soldiers was a sign that they were being sent into harm's way. The ships entered Manila Bay, at 8:00 A.M., on Thursday, November 20th, and docked at Pier 7 later that morning. At 3:00 P.M., the soldiers disembarked and most were taken by bus to Ft. Stotsenburg. The truck drivers drove their trucks to the fort, while the maintenance section remained behind on the pier to unload the tanks.
At the fort, they were greeted by Colonel Edward P. King, who apologized that they had to live in tents along the main road between the fort and Clark Airfield. He made sure that they all received Thanksgiving Dinner before he went to have his own. Ironically, November 20th was the date that the National Guard members of the battalion had expected to be released from federal service.
The members of the battalion pitched the tents in an open field halfway between the Clark Field Administration Building and Fort Stotsenburg. The tents were set up in two rows and five men were assigned to each tent. There were two supply tents and meals were provided by food trucks stationed at the end of the rows of tents.
For the next seventeen days the tankers worked to remove cosmoline from their weapons. The grease was put on the weapons to protect them from rust while at sea. They also loaded ammunition belts and did tank maintenance.
On December 1st, the tankers were ordered to the perimeter of Clark Airfield to guard against Japanese paratroopers. From this time on, two tank crew members remained with each tank at all times.
were eating lunch when planes were seen
approaching the airfield from the north at about
12:45. Many of the tankers counted 54
planes. The planes approached the airfield
and tankers watched what was described as
"raindrops" falling from the planes. When
the raindrops began exploding on the runways,
the tankers knew the planes were Japanese.
On December 12th, the company was sent to the
Barrio of Dau to guard a highway and railroad
from sabotage. On December 23rd and 24th, the
company was in the area of Urdaneta, where they
lost the company commander, Capt. Walter
Write. After he was buried, the tankers
made an end run to get south of Agno River after
the main bridge had been destroyed. As
they did this, they ran into Japanese resistance
early in the evening but successfully crossed at
the river in the Bayambang Province.
From there, A Company was sent, in support of
the 194th, to an area east of Pampanga. It
was there that they lost a tank platoon
commander, Lt. William Read. The company
returned to the 192nd on January 8, 1942.
On another occasion the company was in bivouac on two
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