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PVt. Frank David Busby


Born: 18 March 1921 - McComb, Mississippi

Parents: George Busby & Thelma E. Alexander-Busby

Siblings: 1 brother

Hometown: U.S. Route 45 - Paducah, Kentucky

Education: high school
Occupation: machinist

Enlisted:

    - U. S. Army

        - 25 November 1940 - Fort Knox, Kentucky

Unit:

    - 19th Ordnance Battalion
        - Company A detached and designated 17th Ordnance Company

    - 17th Ordnance Company

Training:

    - Ft. Knox, Kentucky
        - tank mechanic

    - Ft. Stotsenburg, Philippine Islands

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 1942 - 6 January 1942

    - Battle of Bataan

       - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942

Prisoner of War:

    - 9 April 1941

        - Death March

            - POWs started march at Mariveles on the southern tip of Bataan
            - POWs ran past Japanese artillery shelling Corregidor
                - American artillery returned fire - knocked out three of the Japanese guns
            - San Fernando - POWs put in small wooden
boxcars used to haul sugarcane
                - each boxcar could hold eight horses of forty men
                - 100 POWs were packed into each boxcar
                - POWs who died remained standing
            - Capas - POWs left boxcars - those who died fall out of boxcars
            - POWs walked the last ten miles to Camp O'Donnell

POW Camps:

    - Philippine Islands:

        - Camp O'Donnell

            - unfinished Filipino training base
            - Japanese put camp into use as a POW camp
            - there was only one water spigot for the entire camp
            - as many as 50 POWs died each day
            - the Japanese opened a new camp, at Cabanatuan, to lower death rate

        - Cabanatuan
            - parents learned he was a POW - 19 January 1943
                - 10 September 1943 - family receive POW postcard

Hell Ship:

    - Canadian Inventor

        - Sailed: Manila - 4 July 1944

            - returned to Manila - 5 July 1944

        - Sailed: 16 July 1944

            - boiler problems - left behind by convoy

        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 23 July 1944

            - salt loaded into hold

        - Sailed: 4 August 1944

        - Arrived: Keelung, Formosa - 5 August 1944

            - remained for twelve days for boiler repairs

        - Sailed: 17 August 1944

        - Arrived: Naha, Okinawa

            - additional boiler problems

            - stayed six days

        - Sailed: Unknown

        - Arrived: Moji, Japan - 1 September 1944

POW Camp:

    - Japan

        - Nagoya #5B

            - POWs worked in sulfuric acid plant

Liberated:

    - September 1945
        - returned to the Philippine Islands
Transport:
    - U.S.S. Yarmouth
        - Sailed: Manila - not known
        - Arrived: San Francisco - 8 October 1945
            - taken to Letterman General Hospital

Married: Letha Jane Patterson

    - 5 December 1945

Children: 1 daughter, 4 sons
Residence: Jayess, Mississippi

Died:

    - 17 August 1972 - V.A. Hospital - Jackson, Mississippi

Buried:

    - Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery - Pricedale, Mississippi  - 26 August 1972


 

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