Faubion
 
Pvt. Robert Eugene Faubion
Born: 6 March 1918 - Lawrence County, Indiana
Parents: Thomas & Juanita Faubion
Nickname: Gene
Siblings: 1 sister
Home: 2411 E Street - Bedford, Indiana
Occupation: self-employed interior house painter
Enlisted:
    - U.S. Army
        - 1941
Trained:
    - Fort Knox, Kentucky
Units:
    - 19th Ordnance Battalion
        - motorcycle messenger
    - 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.
            - soldiers given shore leave for the day
        - 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
            - serviced tanks of the Provisional Tank Group
            - Faubion was also a motorcycle dispatch rider for General James Weaver
Prisoner of War
    - 9 April 1942
        - captured at kilometer marker 181
        - Death March
            - POWs started march at Mariveles on the southern tip of Bataan
            - ran past Japanese artillery firing on Corregidor
                - American artillery returned fire
            - San Fernando - POWs packed into small wooden boxcars

                - each boxcar could hold eight horses or forty men
                - Japanese packed 100 POWs into each boxcar
                - POWs who died remained standing
            - Capas - POWs leave boxcars - dead fall out of cars
            - POWs walked last ten miles to Camp O'Donnell
POW Camps:
    - Philippines:
        - Camp O'Donnell
            - unfinished Filipino Army training base
            - Japanese put it into use as a POW camp
            - one water spigot for the entire camp
            - as many as fifty POWs died each day
        - Cabanatuan
        - Clark Field
            - POWs built runways with picks and shovels
        - Bilibid Prison
            - Hospital Ward
                - Admitted: 10 May 1944
                    - varicose veins

Hell Ship:
    - Canadian Inventor
        - Sailed: Manila - 4 July 1944
        - Returned - 4 July 1944 - boiler problems
            - POWs remained in holds for fifteen days
        - Sailed: 16 July 1944
            - additional 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
        - Omine Machi
            - POWs used as slave labor in coal mine
                - POWs worked from 3:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
                 - beaten by civilian guards regularly
            -  February 1945
                - Robert was slapped and punched in face until he passed out
                    - he was already sick and weak
           - meals - one bun and rice each meal
            - sick POWs fed half rations
Liberated: 15 September 1945
Evacuated: 16 September 194
5
    - POWs taken to Wakayama, Japan
    - boarded the U.S.S. Consolation
        - records from ship indicate he was malnourished
    - arrived at Manila - 28 September 1945

Promoted: Sergeant
Transport: not known
Reenlisted: 23 January 1946 - Cambridge, Ohio
    - Army Recruiter
    - Rank: Sgt. 1st Class
Died:
    - 26 November 1964 - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Buried:
    - Beach Grove Cemetery - Bedford, Indiana

 


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