Baumgardt

 

Cpl. Henry V. Baumgardt Jr.


Born: 8 March 1923 - Lafayette, Indiana

Parents: Henry V., Sr. & Meta Baumgardt

Siblings: 2 brothers

Home: 409 Asher Street, Lafayette, Indiana

Education:

    - Ford Grade School

    - Jefferson High School

        - left high school after one year

Enlisted:

    - 9 January 1941

        - Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana

Unit:

    - B Company, 19th Ordnance Battalion

        - Reorganized as: 17th Ordnance Company

Training:

    - Ft. Knox, Kentucky

Overseas Duty:
    - Ship: U.S.S. President Coolidge
        - Boarded: 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 - 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
 

    - 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 1941

        - Death March

            - Mariveles - POWs started march at southern tip of Bataan

             - POWs ran past Japanese artillery that was firing at Corregidor

                 - American artillery returned fire 

            - San Fernando - POWs put into small wooden boxcars used to haul sugarcane

                 - each boxcar could hold hold eight horses or 40 men

                 - Japanese packed 100 POWs into each car

                 - POWs that died remained standing

          - Capas - POWs left boxcars - dead fell to floors of boxcars

POW Camps:

    - Philippine Islands:

        - Camp O'Donnell

             - unfinished Filipino training base

             - Japanese put base into use as a POW camp

             - one water spigot 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

        - Bridge Building Detail - Bataan

             Note: Became ill on detail and sent to Cabanatuan

        - Cabanatuan
            - hospitalized - 18 June 1942 -  dysentery

Died:

    - Sunday - 26 June 1942 - dysentery

        - approximate time of death - 5:00 PM

Buried:

    - Cabanatuan Camp Cemetery 

Reburied:

    - American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands

        - Plot:  J    Row:  1   Grave:  18 


 




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