Pfc. James Patrick Boyd


Born: 21 October 1917 - Sweetwater, Texas
Parents: Samuel P. Boyd & Ethel D. Parks-Boyd
Siblings: 3 sisters, 1 brother
Home: Sweetwater , Texas
Graduated: Sweetwater High School - 1935
Inducted:
    - U. S. Army
        - 11 February 1941 - Lubbock, Texas
Unit:
    - 19th Ordnance Battalion
        - A Company reorganized as 17th Ordnance Company
        - trained as small arms mechanic
    - 17th Ordnance Company
Training:
    - Ft. Knox, Kentucky
Note: On August 15, 1941, the company received orders for duty in the Philippines because of an event that happened during the summer.  A squadron of American fighters was flying over Lingayen Gulf when one of the pilots noticed something odd.  He took his plane down and identified a buoy in the water.  He came upon more buoys that lined up, in a straight line for 30 miles to the northwest, in the direction of an Japanese occupied island, hundred of miles away, with a large radio transmitter on it.  The squadron continued its flight plan and flew south to Mariveles before returning to Clark Field.  By the time the planes landed that evening, it was too late to do anything that day.
    The next morning, another squadron was sent to the area and found that the buoys had been picked up by a fishing boat which was seen making its way toward shore.  Since communication between and Air Corps and Navy was poor, the boat was not intercepted.  It was at that time the decision was made to build up the American military presence in the Philippines.
Overseas Duty:
    - 4 September  1941 -
        - battalion traveled by train to Ft. Mason in San Francisco, California
    - Arrived: 7:30 A.M. - 5 September 1941
        - ferried to Ft. McDowell, Angel Island on the U.S.A.T. General Frank M. Coxe
        - given physicals and inoculations
        - men with medical conditions replaced
    - Ship: S.S. President Calvin 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 the heavy cruiser, the U.S.S. Astoria, and an unknown destroyer
                - smoke seen on horizon several times
                -  cruiser intercepted ships
        - Arrived: Manila - Friday - 26 September 1941
            - disembark ship - 3:00 P.M.
            - taken by bus to Fort Stostenburg
            - maintenance section with 17th ordnance remained behind to unload the tanks and reattached the turrets
                -27 September 1941 - job completed at 9:00 A.M.
    - Philippines
        - lived in tents until barracks completed - 15 November 1941
Engagements:
    - Battle of Luzon
         - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942
    - Battle of Bataan
        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942
            - adapted World War I ordnance for use in M-3 tanks
Surrender:
    - 9 April 1942
        - escaped into jungle on death march with Pfc. Robert Schletterer, Pvt. Hayden Lawrence, Pvt. George Mogyorosi, Capt. Richard
          Kadel, and Pvt. Frank Gyovai 
            - joined Filipino guerillas in Talac
            - helped them to maintain old WWI weapons 
        - Guerilla on Bataan
            - fought Japanese for two years in this area
            - collected and buried abandoned American ordnance for use against  Japanese 
         - joined Col Thorpe's forces
         - Corporal John P. Boone's Command
Reported:
    - 18 February 1945 - U.S. Forces
Promoted: Staff Sergeant
Discharged: January 1946
Married: Eva Barbara Mondelli
Children: 1 daughter, 2 sons
Occupation:
    - plum farmer
    - 1955 - oil distributor
Inducted:
   - 21 May 1990 - U.S. Army Ordnance Hall of Fame - Ft. Ord, California
Died:
    - 29 June 1991 - Gilroy, California
Buried:
    - Saint Mary's Catholic Cemetery - Gilroy, California
Medals:
    - Two Bronze Stars
    - Purple Heart
    - Prisoner of War 

 

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