Smith_J_C

 

Pvt. Jabe Crit Smith


Born: 26 August 1917 - Knox County, Kentucky

Parents: Millard Smith & Isabelle B. Prince-Smith

Siblings: 3 brothers, 3 sisters

Hometown: Jarvis Store, Kentucky

Inducted: 

    - U.S. Army

        - 23 March 1941

            - Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky

Training: 

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

    - Camp Polk, Louisiana

Overseas Duty: 

    - Philippine Islands

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: 

        - Cabanatuan
        - Unknown Work Detail
            - POWs beaten with rifle butts
            - worked eight to twelve hours a day
            - witnessed POWs shot
            - Worst execution was when a number of POWs had to dig their own graves and made to kneel
               in front of them.  A Japanese officer used his sabre to behead them.
            - late 1942 - noticed he was losing his vision

        - Bilibid Prison 

           - assigned to 12th Replacement Battalion upon liberation

Liberated:

    - 4 February 1945 - Bilibid Prison
Discharged: 6 March 1946

Veterans Administration Hospital:
    - receive treatment to restore sight
        - failed
    - at first he was bitter
    - two years later, he decided to do something
Married: Stella Mae Burnett

    - married before he went overseas
    - became a father while he was a POW
Children: 1 daughter, 1 son

Occupation:
    - bought a farm with all the money he had
    - attended training with VA on farm improvement
    - successful at farming

Died:

    - 10 August 1983 - Barbourville, Kentucky

Buried:

    - Cumberland Memorial Gardens Cemetery - Laurel County, Kentucky 


 

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