Pvt. Fitzhugh Wright Brincefield

Born: 24 May 1911 - McDowell County, West Virginia

Parents: John C. Brincefield & Cordelia Wright-Brincefield
Siblings: 2 sisters, 5 brothers

Hometown: Northfolk, West Virginia
Inducted:

    - U.S. Army
        - 25 January 1941 - Huntington, West Virginia
Training: Fort Knox, Kentucky
Units:
    - 19th Ordnance Battalion
        - A Company
        - reorganized as 17th Ordnance Company
Overseas Duty:

    - Ship U.S.S. Calvin 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.
        - Arrived: Manila, Philippine Islands - Friday - 26 September 1941

        - Disembark
            - 17th Ordnance remained at the port area to unload tanks of the 194th Tank Battalion

            - reattached turrets on tanks
        - taken by bus to Ft. Stostenburg

Engagements:
    - Battle of Luzon

        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942
    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942

            - supplied ammunition and supplies to tanks
Prisoner of War:
    - 9 April 1942
        - Death March
            - Mariveles - POWs start march at southern tip of Bataan
            - POWs ran past Japanese artillery firing at Corregidor
                - Americans on Corregidor returned fire
            - San Fernando - POWs put into small wooden
boxcars
               
- each boxcar could hold eight horses or forty men
                - 100 POWs packed into each car
                - POWs who died remained standing
            - Capas - dead fell to floor as living left boxcars

            - POWs walked the last ten miles to Camp O'Donnell
Prison Camps:
    - Philippines
        - Camp O'Donnell

            - unfinished Filipino training base
            - Japanese put camp into use as POW Camp
            - only one water spigot for entire camp
            - as many as 50 POWs died each day
            - Japanese opened new POW camp to lower death rate
 

        - Cabanatuan

Hell Ship:

    - Tottori Maru
        - POWs housed in warehouse on Pier 7
        - boarded ship - 7 October 1942
            - 500 POWs put in forward hold
            - 1461 POWs put in rear hold

        - Sailed: 8 October 1942 - 10:00 A.M.

            - passed Corregidor at noon
        - 9 October 1942 - two torpedoes fired at ship by an American submarine
            - ship passes a mine laid by submarine
        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 11 October 1942

        - Sailed: 16 October 1942 - 7:30 A.M.
            - because of submarines ship returned to Takao - 10:30 P.M.
        - Sailed: 18 October 1942
        - Arrived: Pescadores Islands - same day
            - anchored off islands for several days
            - two POWs died
        - Sailed: 27 October 1942

        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - same day

            - POWs disembarked and showered with fire hoses

            - ship also cleaned

            - food stuffs loaded onto ship
        - Arrived: 30 October 1942 - Makou, Pescadores Islands

            - dropped anchor at 5:00 P.M.
        - Sailed: 31 October 1942

            - seven ship convoy

            - ships sailed through typhoon for five days

            - 5 November 1942 - American submarine sunk one ship
        - Arrived: Fusan, Korea - 9 November 1942
            - POWs disembarked ship

            - issued new clothing and fur-lined overcoats
            - sick POWs left at Fusan
        - Arrived: Mukden, Manchuria - 11 November 1942
POW Camp:

    - Mukden, Manchuria
        - Hoten Camp

            - POWs worked in machine shop or lumber mill
Liberated:
    - Russian Army
        - 20 August 1945

Discharged: 4 April 1946

Reenlisted: 6 February 1947

Discharged: 31 January 1950

Died:

    - 1 July 1982 - Crumpler, McDowell County, West Virginia


 

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