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Pfc. James Herbert Fleener


Born: 16 September 1919 - Grenola, Kansas

Parents: Edgar Fleener & Daisy Dean-Fleener

Siblings: 1 brother

Hometown: Greenfield, Kansas

    - He moved to Salinas after 1935 

Home: 1105 Old Stage Road - Salinas, 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

           - POWs started march at Mariveles at the southern tip of Bataan

           - POWs ran past Japanese artillery firing on Corregidor

                - American artillery returned fire

                - shells landed among POWs

           - San Fernando - POWs put in small wooden boxcars used to haul sugarcane

               - boxcars could hold eight horses or forty men 

               - 100 POWs packed into each boxcar

               - POWs who died remained standing

           - Capas - POWs left cars - dead fell to floor

           - POWs walked the last ten miles to Camp O'Donnell

POW Camps:

    - Camp O'Donnell

        - unfinished Filipino training base

        - Japanese put camp into use as POW camp

        - one water spigot for entire camp 

        - as many as 50 POWs died each day

        - Japanese opened new camp to lower death rate 

    - Cabanatuan
        - hospitalized - 30 August 1942 - dysentery

Died:

    - Sunday - 6 September 1942 - dysentery & inanition

        - approximate time of death - 3:00 PM

Buried:

    - Camp O'Donnell Camp Cemetery

Reburied:

    - American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands

        - Plot:  L   Row:  8   Grave:  13


 

 

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