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Pvt. Ralph Norman Taylor


Born: 4 May 1913 - Lawrence County, Ohio

Parents: Edward Taylor & Margaret Dunn-Taylor

    - father died during 1930s and his mother married Clavia Tevens 

Siblings: 1 brother

Hometown: Ironton, Ohio

Occupation: grocery store clerk

Married: 1940 - Geneva Kitchen-Taylor

Resided: 403 North Fourth Street, Ironton, Ohio

Inducted:

    - U. S. Army 

        - 6 February 1941

Training: 

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

    - Camp Polk, Louisiana

Overseas Duty: 

    - battalion travels by train, over four different train routes to San Francisco, California

    - taken to Angel Island in San Francisco Bay by ferry
    - October 25th & 26th - physicals given
        - some men released
        - others held back and scheduled to rejoin the battalion at a later date
        - replacements fill these positions
    - Boarded: U.S.S. General H. L. Scott - Monday - 27 October 1941
    - Arrived: Honolulu, Hawaii - Sunday - 2 November 1941
            - arrived in the morning
            - soldiers receive leave
    - Sailed: Tuesday - 4 November 1941
    - Arrived: Guam
        - ship loads vegetables, bananas, water, coconuts
    -Sailed: Manila, Philippine Islands -  Thursday - 20 November 1941
        - entered bay - 8:00 A.M.
        - disembark: in the afternoon

    - battalion rides train to Fort Stotsenburg
    - tanks unloaded by 17th Ordnance

Stationed: Ft. Stotsenburg
        - soldiers lived in tents along main road between fort and Clark Airfield

Engagements: 

    - Battle of Luzon

        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942
        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942
            - 12:45 P.M. - 8 December 1941 - lived through Japanese attack on Clark Airfield
            - HQ Company took cover in bivouac

    - 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

                - did march with John Rowland
            - 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 - 18 June 1942 - malaria & Avitaminosis - vitamin deficiency disease 

        - Corregidor

        - Cabanatuan

Died:

    - Wednesday - 17 November 1942 - malaria 

       - Approximate time of death - 5:30 PM
       - family learned of his death - 4 August 1943

Posthumously Promoted: Corporal

Buried:

    - Cabanatuan Camp Cemetery

Reburied:

    - 31 October 1949

        - Woodland Cemetery - Ironton, Lawrence County, Ohio






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