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Pvt. Karl Glen White


    Pvt. Karl G. White was born on January 11, 1922, in Freedom, Pennsylvania.  He was the younger son of William J. & May L. White.  He was known as "Glen" to his family and friends.  He also used Glen as his first name on his military records.  As a child his family moved to Hanover, Wisconsin.  His parents would later move to 426 Pleasant Street in Beloit.  He attended Beloit Memorial High School.

    Glen joined the Wisconsin National Guard's 32nd Division Tank Company right out of high school.  His reason for doing this was a draft act had just been passed and it was just a matter of time before he was drafted.  Knowing that the tank company was about to be called to federal service, he enlisted. 

    For almost a year, Glen trained at Ft. Knox as a member of A Company, 192nd Tank Battalion.  In September, 1941, the battalion took part in maneuvers in Louisiana.  After the maneuvers on the side of hill Glen and the rest of the battalion learned their time in the military had been extended, and that they had been selected for overseas duty.

    Arriving in the Philippine Islands on Thanksgiving Day, 1941, Glen with the other members of A Company worked to acquaint themselves with their new M-3 tanks.  On December 8, 1941, Glen lived through the Japanese bombing of Clark Field.

    Glen took part in the slow withdraw into the Bataan Peninsula by the Filipino and American forces.  In April, 1942 his parents received the only letter he would ever send them.  It was dated January 11, 1942.  

    On April 9, 1942, Glen became a Prisoner Of War.  He took part in the death march and was first held as a POW at Camp O'Donnell.  When Cabanatuan opened in May of 1942, he was sent there.

    Since so many of prisoners were dying in the camps, Glen went out on a work detail to San Fernando.  This detail's job was to collect destroyed American vehicles and drive them to San Fernando. 

    To do this Glen worked with other POWs. Many of these men were members of the 192nd Tank Battalion.  To collect the vehicles, the POWs worked in teams.  The POWs would tie ropes between the vehicles and tow them to San Fernando.  Each man would drive one of the vehicles being towed.  From San Fernando, the vehicles were taken to Manila and shipped to Japan as scrap metal.

    While Glen was working on this detail he had an attack of dysentery and sent to Camp Olivas at San Fernando.  Medical records kept at the camp show that Glen was admitted to the camp hospital suffering from dysentery and malaria.  Since the dysentery is a result of a poor diet, and the medics had little to no medicine to treat him, Pvt. Glen K. White died from dysentery at Pampanga Provincial Hospital at San Fernando on Wednesday, July 8, 1942.  He was 20 years old.  He was buried in the camp cemetery which was about a kilometer outside the camp.  His grave was marked with a wooden cross with his name on it.
    Leo Dorsey of A Company, was also on the detail and after the war, drew a map of the cemetery.  On the map he also included the graves of Cpl. Gilbert Rymon of A Company, Cpl. William Burns of HQ Company, and T/4 John Blomquist of HQ Company, 194th Tank Battalion. 

    After the war in 1948, Glen's family requested that his remains be returned to the United States.  He was reburied at Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois, in Section:  D  Site: 129 on October 26, 1948.


 

 

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