Brig. Gen. James Roy Newman Weaver
Born: 20 May 1888 - Freemont, Ohio
Parents: James T. & Jennie E. Weaver
Name: Roy Newman Weaver
    - Secretary of War changed his name - 21 Sept. 1909
Hometown: Freemont, Ohio
Married: Mary C. Pontius - 31 October 1912
Children: 1 daughter, 1 son
    - His son graduated from West Point in 1936
Education:
    - Freemont High School - Class of 1906
    - Oberlin College - attended for one year
        - appointed to U.S. Military Academy
    - United States Military Academy - West Point, New York - Class of 1911
        - Entered: 15 June 1907
        - Graduated: 13 June 1911
Commissioned: Second Lieutenant - 13 June 1911 - 15th Infantry Division
   - Transferred: 9th Infantry Division - 11 August 1911
        - stationed in the Philippine Islands
            - daughter born there
    - Army Service School - Fort Leavenworth, Kansas - 17 August 1918
Promotions:
    - Promoted: First Lieutenant - 6 April 1917
    - Promoted: Captain - 15 May 1917
    - Promoted: Major - 9 June 1918
    - Promoted: Colonel - Not Known
    - Promoted: Brigadier General - 1942
Career:
    - World War I
        - English Instructor - U.S. Military Academy - West Point, New York
            - this position kept him from going to Europe
        - 68th Armor Regiment - 2nd Armor Division
    - West Point -returned to the military academy in 1920
        - taught English and history
    - Fort Sill, Oklahoma - 1926 - 1930
    - Fort Benning, Georgia
        - trained in tanks - 1937
    - World War II
        - Commanding Officer - Provisional Tank Group - Philippine Islands
            - assumed command - 9 October 1941
        - At one point General Wainwright ordered that that the tanks be
           buried and used as pillboxes.  Viewing this as a ridiculous order,
          Weaver simply ignored it.
Engagements:
    - Battle of Luzon
    - Battle of Bataan
        - Battle of the Points -commanded battle on the front lines
        - Capt. Alvin Powleit, the chief medical officer of the 192nd Tank
           Battalion, stated that while he was a Prisoner of War on Formosa, a
           Japanese officer told him that Weaver's strategy of moving the
           tanks around and having them engage the Japanese in those
           areas convinced the Japanese that the Americans had a larger
           number of tanks than they actually did.  This resulted in throwing off
           the Japanese timetable of conquering the
           Philippines.
Prisoner of War:
    - 9 April 1942
        - Bataan Death March
POW Camps:
    - Philippines:
        - Camp O'Donnell
        - Tarlec
    - Formosa
        - Karenko
        - Tamazto
        - Shirakawa
    - Manchuria
        - Mukden
Note: While a POW, he was beaten over the head for refusing to allow
           officers, American, British, and Dutch, to work.  He was again
           beaten, this time in his shins with a bamboo pole for climbing a tree
           to get buds to add to the soup the POWs had been given.
Hell Ships:
    - Nagara Maru
        - Sailed: Manila - 12 August 1942
        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 14 August 1942
    - Otaro Maru
        - Sailed - Takao - 14 August 1942
        - Arrived: Karenko - 15 August 1942
    - Otaro Maru
        - Sailed: April 1945
        - Arrived: Pusan, Korea - 25 April 1945
            - POWs taken by train to Mukden, Manchuria
Liberated:
    - 20 August 1945 - Russian Army
Commanding Officer:
    - Fort Benning, Georgia
    - Fort Ord, California
    - Fort Beale, California
    - Presidio, San Francisco, Cailfornia
Medals:
    - Purple Heart
    - Bronze Star
    - Silver Star
    - Prisoner of War Medal
    - Distinguish Service Medal
    - Distinguish Service Cross
        - for operations of Provisional Tank Group - 2 February 1942
Residence: Menlo Park, California
Died: 29 August 1967 - San Mateo, California
Buried:
    - San Francisco National Cemetery - Presidio, California
        - Section:  OS   Row:  77   Site:  8-A

 

 


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