Sgt. Stanley John Walsh
Stanley J. Walsh was born on January 23, 1921, in Janesville, Wisconsin, to Arthur
M. Walsh & Florence Dickson-Walsh. He grew up, with his three brothers, at 514 South Third Street and attended
grade school and high school in Janesville.
Stanley joined the 32nd Tank Company of the Wisconsin National Guard which was headquartered in an armory in Janesville. Possibly one of the reasons he joined the tank company was that his brother, Ernest, was a member.
Stanley was called to federal service when the company was federalized in November of 1940. As a member of A Company, he trained at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The battalion was provided with tanks, M2A2s that the regular army had deemed obsolete. When Stanley saw the four of the tanks assigned to A Company, he commented, "Boy, are they crummy."
In the late summer of 1941, Stanley participated in maneuvers in Louisiana. During the maneuvers, he commanded a halftrack. It was after these maneuvers that his battalion, the 192nd Tank Battalion, was being sent overseas. He was given a leave to say goodbye to his friends and family.
Sailing from Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, the 192nd Tank Battalion arrived in the Philippine Islands a little less than two weeks before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Upon arriving in the islands, the tankers began to prepare their equipment for use in maneuvers.
At breakfast on December 8, 1941, Stanley and the other members of A Company heard the news about Pearl Harbor. Capt. Write ordered his company to their tanks in anticipation of the Japanese attack on Clark Field.
Stanley and the rest of A Company lived through the attack which came around lunchtime. Being hidden in the jingle around the airfield, the tanks survived the attack.
For the next four months, Stanley and his company fought to slow the Japanese conquest of the Philippines. As a member of a tank crew, he took part in the "Battle of the Pockets" to wipeout Japanese Marines who had been landed behind Filipino and American lines.
On April 9, 1942, Stanley became a Prisoner of War. He took part in the death march and was held as a POW at Camp O'Donnell. It is not known if Stanley went out on a work detail. What is known is that after being Camp O'Donnell, he was held at Cabanatuan. There he developed beriberi and dysentery.
On Friday, November 6, 1942, at approximately 6:00 PM, Sgt. Stanley J. Walsh died of beriberi and dysentery at Cabanatuan. He was 21 years old. His body was buried in the camp cemetery. His parents learned of his death in August 1943.
After the war, Stanley's parents requested that his remains be returned to Janesville. On July 30, 1949, a funeral service for Sgt. Stanley J. Walsh and his brother, Ernest, was held at St. Mary's Church. Former members of A Company, Dale Lawton, Forrest Knox, Philip Parrish and Carl Nichols served as pallbearers for Stanley.
Sgt. Stanley J. Walsh remains lie next to those of his brother at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Janesville.