Steele

 

Sgt. Herbert C. Steele


Born: 12 March 1919 - Mercer County, Kentucky

Parents: Thomas E. Steele & Maranda Watts-Steele

Siblings: 2 sisters, 1 half-brother, 1 half-sister

Occupation: Sewer construction - Works Project Administration

Married: Sally Ann Tyler

Enlisted:

    - Kentucky National Guard

Inducted:

    - U. S. Army - 25 November 1940 - Harrodsburg, Kentucky

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 

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

Died:

    - Sunday - 14 June 1942 - dysentery

         - Approximate time of death - 5:00 AM

Buried:

    - Cabanatuan Camp Cemetery

Reburied:

    - American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands

        - Plot:  L   Row:  1   Grave:  140

    Note: Sgt. Herbert Steele's grave erroneously shows him as a

               member of the 194th Tank Battalion.  Although D

               Company was attached to the battalion, it was never

               officially transferred to the battalion.

    - In addition, after the war, his wife married Ken Hourigan

       another member of Herbert's tank company. 


 

 

 

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