Shubert

 


Sgt. Robert W. Shubert


Born: 11 December 1916 - Shawnee, Ohio

Parents: Theodore Shubert & Rosa White-Shubert

Siblings: 2 sisters, 1 brother

Hometown: Nelsonville, Ohio

    - living in Shawnee, Ohio, in 1940

Occupation: Glass factory worker

Inducted:

    - U. S. Army

        - 5 February 1941 - Ft. Hayes, Columbus, Ohio

Training: 

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

    - Camp Polk, Louisiana

Overseas Duty: 

    - Sailed: San Francisco - Monday - 27 October 1941

    - Arrived: Honolulu, Hawaii - - Sunday - 2 November 1941

        - soldiers given shore leave
    - Sailed: Tuesday - 4 November 1941
    - Arrived: Guam - unknown date
    - Sailed: next day
    - Arrived: Manila - Thursday - 20 November 1941     
        - soldiers disembark and taken to Ft. Stotsenburg

        - maintenance section remains behind to unload tanks
        - Gen. Edward King greets soldiers
            - apologized that they had to live in tents
            - made sure they had Thanksgiving dinner before he had his 

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 start 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
            - hospitalized - 17 September 1942 - malaria & malnutrition

        - Bilibid Prison

Died:

    - Friday - 18 September 1942 - malaria &  malnutrition

        - Approximate time of death - 4:00 AM
         - family learned of his death - 3 July 1943

Buried:

    - Bilibid Prison Cemetery

Reburied:

    - American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands

        - Plot:  A   Row:  12   Grave:  173 


 

 

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