T/Sgt. Jack L. Elliott
Born: 22 December 1919 - West Virginia
Parents: William J. Elliott & Mollie L. Elliott
Siblings: 1 sister, 2 brothers
Home: 1631 East Weber Road - Columbus, Ohio
Enlisted:
    - U.S. Army
        - 1941
Trained:
    - Fort Knox, Kentucky
Units:
    - 19th Ordnance Battalion
    - 17th Ordnance Company
        - company created from A Company of 19th Ordnance
        - trained alongside the 192nd Tank Battalion at Ft. Knox
        - received orders for overseas duty
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: U.S.S. President 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
            - escorted by the heavy cruiser - U.S.S. Astoria and an unknown destroyer
                - smoke seen on horizon several times
                -  cruiser intercepted ships

        - Arrived: Manila - Friday - 26 September 1941
            - disembark ship - 3:00 P.M.
            - maintenance section with 17th ordnance remained behind to unload the tanks and attached turrets
                -27 September 1941 - job completed at 9:00 A.M.
    - Philippines
        - lived in tents until barracks completed - 15 November 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
            - serviced the tanks of the 192nd and 194th Tank Battalions
            - at one point he used dynamite to fish for food
               - loaded the fish into a half ton truck to feed company
        - 8 April 1942
            - 10:30 P.M. - Gen. King announced that further resistance would result in the massacre of 6,000 sick or wounded troops and 40,000
              civilians
            - less than 25% of his troops were healthy enough to continue fighting
            - he estimated they could hold out one more day
            - sent his staff officers to negotiate the surrender of Bataan
            - 11:40 P.M. - ammunition dumps blown up
Prisoner of War
    - 9 April 1942
      
- According to records, Jack was hospitalized on Bataan when surrender came
POW Camps:
    - Philippines:
        - Bilibid Prison
            - POWs marched there from Bataan Hospital #1
        - Cabanatuan
            - original name - Camp Panagaian
            - Philippine Army Base built for 91st Philippine Army Division
                - put into use by Japanese as a POW camp
                - actually three camps
                    - Camp 1: POWs from Camp O'Donnell sent there in attempt to lower death rate
                    - Camp 2:  two miles away
                        - all POWs moved from there because of a lack of water
                        - later used for Naval POWs
                    - Camp 3: six miles from Camp 2
                        - POWs from Corregidor and from hospitals sent there
                            - POWs later moved to Camp 1
            - Camp 1:
                - "Blood Brother" rule implemented
                    - if one POW in the group of 10 escaped, the other nine would be killed
                - POWs patrolled fence to prevent escapes
                - Barracks:
                    - each barracks held 50 men
                        - often held between 60 and 120 men
                        - slept on bamboo slats without mattresses, covers, and mosquito netting
                            - diseases spread easily
                        - no showers
            - Morning Roll Call:
                - stood at attention
                    - frequently beaten over their heads for no reason
                - when POWs lined up for roll call, it was a common practice for Japanese guards, after the POWs lined up, to kick the POWs in
                  their shins with their hobnailed boots
            - Work Details:
                - Work Day: 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
                - work details sent out to cut wood for POW kitchens, plant rice, and farm
                    - they also were frequently hit with a pick handle, for no reason, as they counted off
                - POWs on the rice planting detail were punished by having their faces pushed into the mud and stepped on
                - the POWs had to go into a shed to get the tools, as they came out, they were hit on their heads
                - if the guards on the detail decided the POW wasn't doing what he should be doing, he was beaten
                - many POWs on details were able to smuggle in medicine, food, and tobacco into the camp
            - to prevent escapes, the POWs set up patrols along the camp's fence
            - men who attempted to escape and caught were executed after being beaten
                - the other POWs were forced to watch the beatings
            - daily POW meal - 16 ounces of cooked rice, 4 ounces of vegetable oil, sweet potato or corn
                - most of the food the POWs grew went to the Japanese
        - Camp Hospital:
            - 30 Wards
                - each ward could hold 40 men
                    - frequently had 100 men in each
               - two tiers of bunks
                   - sickest POWs on bottom tier
               - each POW had a 2 foot by 6 foot area to lie in
            - Zero Ward
              - given name because it had been missed when counting wards
              - became ward where those who were going to die were sent
              - fenced off from other wards
                  - Japanese guards would not go near it
                  - POWs sent there had little to no chance of surviving
                  - medical staff had little to no medicine to treat sick
                  - many deaths from disease caused by malnutrition
Hell Ship:
- Tottori Maru
        - Boarded: 7 October 1942
        - Sailed: Manila - 8 October 1942
            - 9 October 1942 - American submarine fired two torpedoes at ship
            - ship maneuvered away from torpedoes
            - ship also avoided mine laid by submarine
        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 12 October 1942
        - Sailed: 16 October 1942
            - returned to Takao
        - Sailed: 18 October 1942
        - Arrived: Pescadores Islands - same day
            - anchored off islands for several days
            - two POWs died
        - Sailed: 27 October 1942
        - Arrived: Takao - same day
            - 28 October 1942 - POWs disembarked
                - showered with salt water
        - Sailed: 30 October 1942
        - Arrived: Makou, Pescadores Islands -same day
        - Sailed: 31 October 1942
        - Arrived: Fusan, Korea - 7 November 1942
        - Disembark: 8 November 1942
            - POWs boarded train for two day ride to Mukden, Manchuria
                - those POWs too sick to travel left behind
                - those who died cremated
                - those who recovered sent to Mukden with ashes of dead
        - Arrived: Mukden, Manchuria - 11 November 1942
POW Camp:

    - Manchuria
        - Mukden
        - Hoten Camp
            - Barracks:
                - two story brick buildings
                - buildings had electricity and cold running water
                - heated with "petchka" stoves
                    - provided adequate heat
                - building infested with fleas, bedbugs, and lice
                - divided into ten sections
                    - five on first floor and five on second floor
                    - each section divided into four double-decked sleeping bays
                        - 8 POWs slept in a bay
                        - 48 POWs slept in a section
        - Meals:
            - Breakfast: corn meal mush, beans, bun
            - Lunch: maize and beans
            - Supper: beans and a bun
                 - POWs made snares to catch wild dogs that roamed into camp
                 - stopped catching dogs when one was saw eating the body of a dead Chinese civilian
        - Hospital:
            - many of POWs who died in the camp died due illnesses caused by malnutrition
                - sick forced to work
        - Deaths:
            - over 200 POWs died the first winter in the camp
                - most died from diseases which were the result of malnutrition
                - POWs who died during winter were stored in a building until the ground thawed and they could be buried
        - Work:
            - POWs worked in machine shop and lumber mill
            - Japanese wanted POWs to produce guns
            - POWs sabotaged machines by dropping sand in oiling holes
            - while poring cement, the POWs would drop pieces of machines into the cement to sabotage them
        - Punishment:
            - POWs kicked, hit with clubs, sticks, bamboo poles, shoe heals, sabers, and fists
            - any reason used to beat them
            - Collective Punishment:
                - when the Japanese suspected some POWs had smuggled cigarettes into their barracks, all the POWs were ordered outside and
                  stood at attention
                - POWs ordered to strip and stood nude in the code
                - stood in snow barefooted for hours as the barracks and the 700 POWs, who lived in it were searched
            - Eiichai Nada - guard
                - was considered the worse abuser of POWs
                - born, raised, and educated in Berkley, California
                  - frequently beat POWs at morning assembly
                     - when they fell to the ground he screamed at them

                      - "Get up, you yellow, white son of a bitch!"
             - Lt. Mikki - walked through the barracks with a 3 foot and hit the POWs with it
        - Red Cross clothing withheld from POWs
            - Chinese told them there was a warehouse full of Red Cross clothing
        - Unit 731:
            - POWs from camp selected to be used in Japanese germ warfare experiments
                - injected with deadly diseases
                - some of these men were dissected while alive
        Air Raids:
            - B-29s start bombing Mukden late 1944
                - camp bombed because it was lined up with military targets
Note: Japanese medical officer, Jeichi Kuwashima, asked the POWs, wounded from bombings, to write letters asking the Allies to stop the bombing of Mukden.  The POWs did write the letters but told the Allies that they wouldn't mind more frequent bombings.
Extermination Order:
    - Camp commander received order to march the POWs into the forest and execute them
    - 16 August 1945 - Four American OSS officers parachuted into camp and told the commander the war was over
    - the team was held as POWs for one night and sent to Sian Camp
        - this was the camp where high ranking officers were imprisoned
Liberated: 20 August 1945 - Russian Army
    - B-29s appeared over area where the POWs lit oil drums to signal planes with smoke
        - lead plane came down and saw the POWs
        - circle and dropped medical supplies, food, and clothing to POWs
    - American planes dropped walkie-talkies to POWs
        - allowed POWs to talk to air crews
            - POWs told the crews what they wanted
            - planes dropped them ice cream to now fiddle strings
    - 29 August 1945 - American Recovery Team enters camp
        - POWs taken by train to Dalian, China
        - taken by ship to Okinawa
         returned to the Philippine Islands

Transport:
    - U.S.S. Joseph T. Dychman
        - Sailed: Manila - not known
        - Arrived: San Francisco - 16 October 1945
Died:
    - 18 May 1978 - Columbus, Ohio

 



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