Freeland

 


Cpl. Charles E. Freeland


Born: 22 May 1914 - Georgia
Parents: Nathan H. Freeland & Fannie M. Kirk-Freeland
    - mother died during the 1920s
Siblings: 2 sisters, 4 brothers

Hometown: Peachtree, Georgia

    - 1940 - living with uncle & aunt 

    - 2902 Grand View Avenue - Buckhead, Georgia

Occupation: building painter

Enlisted: 19 February 1941 - Fort McPherson - Atlanta, Georgia

Unit:

    - 19th Ordnance Battalion

        - A Company deactivated and reactivated as 17th Ordnance Company 

    - 17th Ordnance Company

Training:

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

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
      
    
   

    - Ft. Stotsenburg - Philippine Islands

Engagements:

    - Battle of Luzon

        - 8 December 1942 - 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 on the southern tip of Bataan
            - ran past Japanese artillery firing on Corregidor
                - American artillery returned fire

                    - three Japanese guns knocked out
            - 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:

    - Philippine Islands:

        - Camp O'Donnell

            - unfinished Filipino training base
            - Japanese put camp into use as a POW camp
            - there was only one water spigot for the entire camp
            - as many as 50 POWs died each day
            - the Japanese opened a new camp, at Cabanatuan, to lower death

               rate

        - Cabanatuan
            - hospitalized - 30 August 1942 - beriberi & inanition
Died:
        - Cabanatuan - 30 November 1942 - beriberi & inanition
Buried:
        - Cabanatuan Camp Cemetery
Reburied:
        - Manila American Cemetery
            - Plot: J  Row: 6  Grave: 12










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