Secrist

 

Pvt. James Campbell Secrist


Born: 21 December 1918 - Avella, Pennsylvania

Parents: Orville J. Secrist & Anna Melissa Kennerdall-Secrist

Home: 710 Wertz Northwest - Canton, Ohio

Occupation: worker - steel mill roller manufacturing company

Inducted: 

    - U. S. Army

         - 26 March 1941 - Cleveland, Ohio

Training: 

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

    - Camp Polk, Louisiana

Overseas Duty: 

       - U.S.A.T, Hugh L. Scott
        - Sailed: San Francisco - Monday - 27 October 1941
        - Arrived: Honolulu, Hawaii - Sunday - 2 November 1941
            - remained in Hawaii until other ships in convoy arrived
        - Sailed: Tuesday - 4 November 1941
        - Arrived: Guam - Not Known
            - ship loaded with water, bananas, coconuts, and vegetables
        - Sailed: next day
        -Arrived: Manila, Philippine Islands - Thursday - 20 November 1941
            - soldiers disembark ship three hours after arrival
            - boarded buses for Ft. Stotsenburg
            - maintenance section remained behind to unload tanks from ship
Stationed:

    - Ft. Stotsenburg - Philippine Islands

        - D Company was attached to 194th Tank Battalion
        - company remained under command of 192nd Tank Battalion   
        - company listed on Presidential Unit Citations of the 192nd

Engagements: 

    - Battle of Luzon

        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942

    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942

Note: D Company was attached and fought with the 194th Tank

           Battalion but remained under the command of the 192nd Tank

           Battalion.

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
            - sent there when camp opened

        - Clark Field

            - Work:  POWs built runways

                - detail ended 20 August 1944

        - Bilibid Prison

    - Japan:

         - Kamioka Camp

            - Work: lead and zinc mining
            - camp located in mountains
            - barracks were flimsy and unheated

Hell Ship: 

    - Noto Maru  

        - Sailed: Manila - 27 August 1944

        - Arrived: Moji, Japan - 4 September 1944

Died: 

    - Monday - 30 April 1945 - acute pneumonia

        - Japanese cremated the remains of the POWs

         - ashes given to camp commander 

Buried:

    - Westlawn Cemetery - Canton, Ohio

        - family received urn containing ashes after the war

        - headstone indicates he was a member of the 194th Tank Battalion

           - this was a common belief among the members of the company

             since the company fought with the battalion

           - when the Presidential Unit Citations were issued, D Company

             was listed as a company of the 192nd Tank Battalion


 

 

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