T/Sgt. Charles Elmer Basham
Born: 22 July 1919 - Kentucky
Mother: Thomas Basham & Mattie Hickeson-Basham
Siblings: 1 sister, 1 brother
Home: 326 Bartles Bottom Road - Meade County, Kentucky
Education: Grade School
Occupation: sheet metal worker
Inducted:
    - U.S. Army
        - 23 January 1940 - Ashford General Hospital, West Virginia
Training:
    - Fort Knox, Kentucky
Units:
    - 19th Ordnance Battalion
        - A Company reorganized as 17th Ordnance Company
    - 17th Ordnance Company
Overseas Duty:

    - Ship: U.S.S. President Coolidge
        - Boarded: San Francisco, California -Monday - 8 September 1941
        - 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
        - Arrived: Manila, Philippine Islands - Friday - 26 September 1941
            - disembark ship - about 3:00 P.M.
            - company remained behind at pier to unload tanks of the 194th Tank Battalion
            - taken by bus to Fort Stostenburg
 
   
Stationed: Ft. Stotsenburg - Philippine Islands
Engagements:
    - Battle of Luzon
        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942
    - Battle of Bataan
        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942
Prisoner of War
    - 9 April 1942
        - Death March
           - started march at Mariveles on the southern tip of Bataan
           - POWs ran past Japanese artillery firing at Corregidor
               - American artillery returned fire
           - San Fernando - POWs packed into small wooden boxcars

               - those POWs who died remained standing
           - Capas - POWs leave boxcars - dead fall out of cars
           - walked last ten miles to Camp O'Donnell
POW Camps:
    - Philippines:
        - Camp O'Donnell
            - unfinished Filipino training base
            - Japanese put base into use as a POW camp
            - there was one water spigot for for the entire camp
            - as many as 50 POWs died each day
            - Japanese opened new camp at Cabanatuan in an attempt to lower
              death rate


        - Cabanatuan

Hell Ship:
    - Clyde Maru

        - Sailed: Manila - 23 July 1943

         - Arrived: Santa Cruz, Zambales, Philippines - same day

            - loaded manganese ore

              - remained in port for three days

          -  Sailed: 26 July 1943

                - 100 POWs permitted on deck at a time from 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM

              -  Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 28 July 1943

          - Sailed: 5 August 1942 - at 8:00 AM

                - part of nine ship convoy

        - Arrived: Moji, Japan - 7 August 1943

            - POWs lined up on dock - 8 August 1943

            - marched to rail station and boarded train

            - 9:30 AM - train departed

                 - two day train trip

            - 7:30 PM - 10 August 1943 - arrived at Omuta, Kyushu

                 - POWs marched eighteen miles to camp

                 - those too ill to walk were driven to camp in trucks 
POW Camp:

    - Japan:
        - Fukuoka #17
            - Work: coal mine

Liberated: 2 September 1945
Promoted: Staff Sergeant

Transport:

    - S.S. Simon Bolivar
        - Sailed: Manila - not known           
        - Arrived: San Francisco - 21 October 1945

            - taken to Letterman General Hospital

Reenlisted: 23 January 1946

Military Career:

    - Korean War

Discharged: 1 June 1953

Residence: Muldraugh, Kentucky

Died: 28 March 2000 - Muldraugh, Kentucky

Buried:

    - New Albany National Cemetery - New Albany, Indiana

        - Section:  D   Site:  26-A


 

 

 

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