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Tec 5 Von Haslem Baxter


Born: 7 March 1915 - Mount Sterling, Utah

Parents: Robert L. Baxter & Sarah Haslam-Baxter

Hometown: Wellsville, Utah

Siblings: 4 sisters 2 brothers

    - one brother died in 1939
Education: left high school during junior year

Inducted: 17 March 1941 - Salt Lake City

Unit:

    - A Company, 19th Ordnance Battalion

        - Reorganized as 17th Ordnance Company

Training:

    - Fort 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
            - serviced tanks of the 192nd & 194th Tank Battalion

Prisoner of War:

    - 9 April 1941

        - 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:

    - Philippine Islands:

        - 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

            - was considered too ill to be moved, so he remained behind at Camp O'Donnell

Died:

    - Saturday - 4 July 1942 - dysentery

Buried:

    - Camp O'Donnell Cemetery
        Section O   Plot 8   Grave 10
Burial:
   - Latter Day Saint Memorial Service - 27 October 1948

Reburied:

    - 27 October 1948 - Wellsville Cemetery - Wellsville, Utah

        - Plot:  A  10  7  6 


 


 

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