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Pvt. Arvid Lyktshiold Danielson


Born: 22 April 1910 - Norman County, Minnesota
    - military records may have his name as Arnold L. Danielson

Parents: Anders Danielson & Martha J. Erickson-Danielson

  - father died and mother married John A. Hanson 

Siblings: 2 sisters, 4 brothers, 1 half-brother

Hometown: Sundal Township, Norman County, Minnesota

Occupation: farmhand

Inducted: Unknown

Training: 

    - Fort Lewis, Washington
        - tank driver
        - member of Sgt, Walter Straka's tank crew

Units: 

    - 194th Tank Battalion

Note:  The decision for this move -  which had been made on August 15, 1941 - was the result of an event that took place in the summer of 1941.  A squadron of American fighters was flying over Lingayen Gulf, in the Philippines, when one of the pilots, who was flying at a lower altitude, noticed something odd.  He took his plane down and identified a flagged buoy in the water and saw another in the distance.  He came upon more buoys that lined up, in a straight line for 30 miles to the northwest, in the direction of an Japanese occupied island which was hundred of miles away.  The island had a large radio transmitter.  The squadron continued its flight plan south to Mariveles and returned to Clark Field.
     When the planes landed, it was too late to do anything that day.  The next day, when another squadron was sent to the area, the buoys had been picked up by a fishing boat - with a tarp on its deck - which was seen making its way to shore.  Since communication between the Air Corps and Navy was difficult, the boat escaped.  It was at that time the decision was made to build up the American military presence in the Philippines.
Overseas Duty:
    - 4 September  1941 -
        - battalion traveled by train to Ft. Mason in San Francisco, California
    - Arrived: 7:30 A.M. - 5 September 1941
        - ferried to Ft. McDowell, Angel Island on U.S.A.T. General Frank M. Coxe
        - given physicals and inoculations
        - men with medical conditions replaced

    - Ship: S.S. President Calvin Coolidge
    - Boarded: 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 - Friday - 26 September 1941
        - disembark ship - 3:00 P.M.
        - taken by bus to Fort Stostenburg

Stationed:
    - Ft. Stotsenburg
        - lived in tents until barracks completed - 15 November 1941 
        - 1 December 1941
            - tanks ordered to perimeter of Clark Field
            - 194th guarded north end of airfield with 192nd guarding south portion
            - two crew members of each tank and half-track remained with vehicle at all times
                - meals served by food trucks
            - those not assigned to a tank or half-track remained at command post

Engagements:

    - Battle of Luzon
        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942
            - 8 December 1941
                - Clark Field
                    - hit by shrapnel from an exploding bomb in his posterior
                    - bleeding so bad that Sgt. Walter Straka plugged the wound with his t-shirt
                    - saved Danielson's life

                    - Taken to military hospital - Fort Stostenburg
                        - Purple Heart

Evacuated:

    - 28 December 1941

        - Japanese agreed to let one ship carrying wounded to Manila

            - two choices

                - a lumber schooner

                - a 2000 ton inter island ship - S.S. Mactan
                    - ship was infested with red ants, copra beetles, and cockroaches

                    - in two days it had been painted white with red crosses
        - S.S. Mactan

            - 31 December 1941
                - wounded and injured brought aboard
                - once cabins were filled men were placed on mattresses on the deck
                    - those patients on deck could hear and see the ammunition and gasoline dumps being destroyed

            - ship sailed 10:00 P.M.

                - zig-zagged to avoid mines in harbor

                - Corregidor loomed into view and faded into the darkness

                    - for the first time the men knew they were being sent to Australia

                - headed south in Japanese controlled water

                    - expected to be sunk by a torpedo

                - 7 January 1942

                    - Arrived: Makassar, East Dutch Indies

                        - Dutch pilot came aboard and guided ship to dock

                        - plane spotted

                            - turned out the plane was from a friendly country

                            - patients later learned had the plane been Japanese, the dock was mined and would have been destroyed with the ship

                              docked

                        - medical staff attempted to get medical supplies but none were available

            - 11 January 1942
                - Sailed

                    - took southerly route

                    - fresh water is shut off

                        - food and water is rationed

            - 13 January 1942

                - Arrived: Darwin, Australia

                    - food and other supplies were being rationed and none could be spared

            - 14 January 193

                    - Sailed
                        - whistles and alarms began blowing

                            - issued life jackets

                            - later learned the waters they were in were filled with sharks
                        - fire occurred in ship's engine room
                            - ship's crew put on fire
                            - one crewman was badly burned
            - 16 January 1942
                - ship rides out typhoon
            - 18 January 1942
                - ship intercepts Japanese radio message saying the S.S. Mactan had bee sunk with all on board lost

            - 20 January 1942
                - Arrived: Townsville, Australia
                    - seven bags of cement were brought on board and used to waterproof the ship's hull
            - 21 January 1942
                - food, water, clean linens, and medicine brought aboard
            - 23 January 1942
                - Sailed

            - 24 January 1942
                - Arrived: Brisbane, Australia
                        - sick received fresh milk and fed
            - 25 January 1942
                - Sailed
            - 27 January 1942
                - Arrived: Sydney, Australia

                    - wounded and sick transferred to 113th Australian General Hospital              

        - returned to the United States
Sailed:
    - 19 August 1942
Arrived:
    - September 1942
        -Letterman General Hospital, San Francisco, California - 30 September 1942

Discharged:

    - 27 October 1943

        - wounds considered too severe to stay in military 

Died:

    - 8 February 1988 - Cass County, Oklahoma

Buried:

    - Sundal Cemetery - Gary, Minnesota 


 

 

 

 

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