Pfc. Irvin Martin Brosnan
Born: 23 February 1919 - Trona, California
Parents: Martin F. Brosnan & Catherine McFarlan-Brosnan
Siblings: 1 sister, 1 brother
Hometown: Trona, California
Enlisted:
    - U.S. Army
        - 17 February 1941 - Los Angeles, California
Training:
    - Unknown
Units:
    - Unknown
        - possibly joined 17th Ordnance, in California, as it was being sent to
          the Philippine Islands
    - 17th Ordnance Company
        - company created from A Company of 19th Ordnance
        - trained alongside the 192nd Tank Battalion at Ft. Knox
Overseas Duty:
    - U.S.S. Calvin Coolidge
        - Boarded: San Francisco, California - Monday - 8 September 1941
        - Sailed: 9:00 P.M.
        - Arrived: Honolulu, Hawaii - Saturday 13 September 1941 - 7:00 A.M.
        - Sailed: same day
        - Arrived: Manila, Philippine Islands - Friday - 26 September 1941
        - Disembark
            - 17th Ordnance remained behind to unload tanks of the 194th Tank Battalion
                - reattached turrets to tanks
        - rode bus to Ft. Stotsenburg

Engagements:
    - Battle of Luzon
        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1842
    - Battle of Bataan
        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942
            - supplied tanks with ammunition & supplies
Prisoner of War
    - 9 April 1942
        - Death March
            - POWs started march at Mariveles on the southern tip of Bataan
            - POWs ran past Japanese artillery firing on Corregidor
                - American artillery returned fire
            - San Fernando - POWs packed into small wooden boxcars

                - each car could hold eight horses or forty men
                - Japanese packed 100 POWs into each boxcar
                - those POWs who died remained standing
            - Capas - POWs leave boxcars - dead fall out of cars
            - walk last ten miles to Camp O'Donnell
POW 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
        - Boarded: 1961 POWs put on ship - 7 October 1942
            - 500 POWs in front hold
            - 1461 in rear hold
        - Sailed: Manila - 8 October 1942 10:00 A.M.
            - passed Corregidor at noon
        - 9 October 1942 - two torpedoes fired at ship by an American submarine
                - ship misses mine laid by American submarine
        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 11 October 1942
        - Sailed: 16 October 1942 - 7:30 A.M.
            - because of submarines the ship returned to Takao - 10:30 P.M.
        - Sailed: 18 October 1942
        - Arrived: Pescadores Islands - same day
            - remained anchored off islands for several days
            - two POWs died
                - buried at sea
        - Sailed: 27 October 1942
        - Arrived: Takao - same day
            - 28 October 1942 - POWs taken ashore ans showered
            - ship also cleaned
            - food stuffs loaded onto ship
        - Sailed: 30 October 1942
        - Arrived: Fuson, Korea - 9 November 1942
        - Disembarked: 9 November 1942
            - POWs disembarked and issued new clothes and fur-lined overcoats
            - sick left behind at Fusan
            - those who recovered were later sent to Mukden
            - white boxes with ashes of those who died sent with survivors
        - Train Ride: POWs took two day train trip to
Mukden, Manchuria
            - 11 November 1942 - arrived at Mukden
POW Camp:
    - Manchuria
        - Mukden
            - Work: machine shop or lumber mill
Liberated: 20 August 1945 - Russian Army
    - taken by train to Darian, China
    - returned to the Philippine Islands
Transport:
    - U.S.S. Tryon
        - Sailed: Manila - not known
        - Arrived: San Francisco - 24 October 1945
            - taken to Letterman General Hospital
Promoted: Sergeant
Discharged: 21 April 1946
Note: His brother, Joseph, was Killed in Action
Residence: San Bernardino County, California
Died: 3 March 1998
Buried:
    - Riverside National Cemetery - Riverside, California
        - Section:  48   Site:  5192

 

 

 

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