Abapo
 
Pvt. George Lavarez Abapo
Born: 9 May 1911 - Philippine Islands
Parents: Unknown
Siblings: Unknown
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Enlisted:
    - U.S. Army
        - 27 February 1941 - San Francisco, California
Training:
    - Fort Lewis, Washington
Units:
    - 41st Infantry Division
    - 194th Tank Battalion
       - had never trained in a tank
Overseas Duty:
    - Ship: U.S.S. President Coolidge
        - Boarded: Monday - 8 September 1941 - 3:00 P.M.
        - Sailed: 9:00 P.M. - same day
        - Arrived: Honolulu, Hawaii - Saturday - 13 September 1941 - 7:00 A.M.
        - Sailed: 5:00 P.M. - same day
            - escorted by heavy cruiser - U.S.S. Astoria and an unknown destroyer
                - heavy cruiser intercepted several ships after smoke was seen on the horizon
                - ships belonged to friendly countries
        - Arrived: Manila - Friday - 26 September 1941
            - disembark ship - 3:00 P.M.
            - taken by bus to Fort Stostenburg
    - Philippines
        - lived in tents until barracks completed - 15 November 1941   
Engagements:
    - Battle of Luzon
        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942
    - 31 December 1941
        - rejoined battalion
        - covered withdrawal of Philippine Army Divisions south of Route 3
    - 2 January 1942
        - both tank battalions ordered to withdrawal to Lyac Junction
            - 194th withdrew there on Highway 7
    - 5 January 1942
        - C Company and A Company, 192nd Tank Battalion, withdrew from Guagua-Poraline Line and moved into position between
          Sexmoan and Lubao

            - 1:50 A.M. - Japanese attempted to infiltrate
            - bright moonlight made them easy to see
            - tanks opened fire
            - Japanese lay down smoke which blew back into them
        - 3:00 A.M. - Japanese broke off engagement
            - suffered 50% casualties
        - Remedios - established new line along dried creek bed
    - 6/7 January 1942
        - 194th, covered by 192nd, crosses Culis Creek into Bataan
        - both battalions bivouacked south of Aubucay-Hacienda Road
        - rations cut in half
    - Battle of Bataan
        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942
        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942
            - January 1942
                - tank companies reduced to three tanks per platoon
       - 8 January 1942
            - composite tank company made up of tanks from the 192nd and 194th sent to protect East Coast Road north of Hermosa
                - their job was to keep the East Road open  north of Hermosa and prevent the Japanese from driving into Bataan before
                  the main battle line had been formed

            - remainder of tanks ordered to bivouac for night south of Aubucay-Hacienda Road
                - tankers had been fighting for a month without a rest
                - tanks also needed overdue maintenance
                - 17th Ordnance
            - all tank companies reduced to ten tanks
                - three per tank platoon
            - sent to reopen Moron Road so General Segunda's forces could withdraw
            - tanks knock out an anti-tank gun
            - two tanks disabled by landmines but recovered
            - mission abandoned
            - Gen. Segunda's troops escaped using beach but lost their heavy equipment
    - 12 January 1942
            - C Company, with D Company, 192nd, sent to Cadre Road
                - forward position with little alert time
    - 13 January 1942
        - mines planted by ordnance prevented them from reaching Cadre Road
            - returned to battalion
    - 16 January 1942
        -  C Company sent to Bagac to reopen Moron Highway
            - highway had been cut by Japanese
            - Moron Highway, and Junction of Trail 162
                - tank platoon fired on by antitank gun
                    - tanks knock out gun
                    - cleared roadblock with support of infantry
    - 20 January 1942
        - Banibani Road -tanks sent in to save 31st Infantry command post
    - 24 January 1942
        - tanks order to Hacienda Road in support of troops
            - landmines planted by ordnance prevented them from reaching road
    - 26 January 1942
        - the battalion held a position a kilometer north of the Pilar-Bagac Road
            - four self-propelled mounts with the battalion
        - 9:45 A.M. - warned by Filipino a large Japanese force was coming
        - when the enemy appeared they opened up with all the battalion had 
        - 10:30 A.M. - Japanese withdrew after losing 500 of 1200 men
        - prevented new defensive line being formed from being breached
    - 28 January 1942
        - 194th tanks given beach duty protecting southern beaches
        - guarded coast from Limay to Cabcaben
        - half-tracks patrolled roads
            - maintained radio contact with on-shore and off-shore patrols
    - March 1942
        - each battalion's gas ration is cut to 15 gallons a day
        - food ration is also cut
    - 4 April 1942
        - Japanese launched major offensive
        - tanks sent into various sectors to stop Japanese advance
    - 8 April 1942
        - fighting on East Coast Road at Cabcaban
Prisoner of War
    - 9 April 1942
        - Death March
            - during the march, at kilometer marker 168, George and Gerald Foley simply disappeared
            - since he was Filipino, he passed himself off as a civilian
Liberated: Reported to U.S. Army
Died: 4 May 1998 - California
Buried: Holy Cross Cemetery - Colma, California

 

 

 

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