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Pvt. Worley L. Casperson


Born: 1922 - Oregon

Parents: Carl E. Casperson & Flossie Stapleton-Casperson

    - father died while he was a child
    - mother married Duean Vaal Duean

Siblings: 1 brother

Home: 1052 State Street - Redding, California

Enlisted: California National Guard

Inducted: 

    - U. S. Army

        - 10 February 1941 - Salinas Army Air Base

Training: 

    - Fort Lewis, Washington

Unit: 

    - 194th Tank Battalion

Overseas Duty: 

    - Philippine Islands

Engagements: 

    - Battle of Luzon

        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942

    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942

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 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
            - hospitalized - 11 June 1942 - inanition

Died:

    - Tuesday - 3 November 1942 - inanition

        - approximate time of death - 10:45 AM

Original Burial:

    - Cabanatuan Cemetery 

        - Plot:  2   Row:  19   Grave:  2455 

Buried:

    - Cabanatuan Camp Cemetery

Reburied:

    - American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands 

        - Plot:  L   Row:  3   Grave:  80 


 

 

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