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
Around 12:45 in the afternoon on December 8, 1941, as the tankers were getting lunch, planes approached the airfield. At first, the soldiers thought the planes were American. It was only when bombs began exploding on the airfield that they knew the planes were Japanese. The bombers were followed by fighters which strafed the area.
Sometime after the attack, the company was sent
to the Barrio of Dau so it would be close to a
highway and railroad against sabotage.
From there, the company was sent to join the
other companies of the 192nd just south of the
Agno River. There, the tanks, with A
Company, 194th held the position.
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.
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.