Terhune

 

1st Sgt. Yandell Terhune


Born: 23 July 1919 - Mercer County, Kentucky

Parents: Verna Cunningham-Terhune & Alonzo Terhune

Siblings: 2 brothers, 2 sisters

Home: 611 East Street - Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Occupation: restaurant worker

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
        - Boarded: San Francisco - Monday -  27 October 1941
        - Sailed: same day
        - Arrived: Honolulu, Hawaii - Sunday - 2 November 1941
            - soldiers were given shore leave to see the sights
        - Sailed: Tuesday - 4 November 1941
        - Arrived: Guam - not known
            - ships took on bananas, vegetables, coconuts, and water
        - Sailed: next day
        - Arrived: Manila, Philippine Islands - Thursday - 20 November 1941

            - soldiers bused to Ft. Stotsenburg
            - maintenance section remained at pier to unload tanks

Stationed:
        - Ft. Stotsenburg
            - General Edward King met the soldiers when they arrived

            - apologized to soldiers about living conditions
            - lived in tents along main road between fort and Clark Airfield

            - made sure they all had Thanksgiving Dinner before he had his dinner          

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 -  12 July 1942 - malaria

        - approximate time of death - 8:00 AM

Buried:

    - Cabanatuan Camp Cemetery

        - After the war his remains could not be positively identified, and he was buried

           as an "Unknown" at the new American Military Cemetery.

Memorial:

    - Tablets of the Missing - American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands 


 

 

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