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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

    - Ft. Stotsenburg, Philippine Islands

Overseas Duty:
    - Ship: U.S.S. President Coolidge
        - Boarded: San Francisco, California - 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
        - Arrived: Manila, Philippine Islands - Friday - 26 September 1941
            - disembark ship

            - unload tanks of the 194th Tank Battalion

            - reattached turrets of tanks
            - taken by bus to Fort Stostenburg

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:

    - prune 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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