S/Sgt. Roy Albert Gatewood
Born: 28 June 1919 - Arkansas
Parents: Henry O. Gatewood & Floris M. Cornstock-Gatewood
Siblings: 2 sisters, 3 brothers
Hometown: Spring Creek Township, Ozark County, Missouri
Enlisted:
    - U.S. Army
        - 16 September 1940 - Jefferson Barracks, Saint Louis, Missouri
Training:
    - Fort Lewis, Washington
Overseas Duty:

    - Ship: U.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
    - Ft. Stostenburg, Philippines
        - lived in tents until barracks completed - 15 November 1941   

Engagements:
    - Battle of Luzon
        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942
            - lived through Japanese attack on Clark Airfield
                - attack took place ten hours after attack on Pearl Harbor
    - Battle of Bataan
       - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942
Prisoner of War:
    - 9 April 1942
        - Death March
            - POWs started march at Mariveles at southern tip of Bataan
            - POWs ran past Japanese artillery firing at Corregidor
                - American artillery returned fire
            - San Fernando - POWs put 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 left boxcars - the dead fell to the 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
       - only one water spigot for entire camp
       - as many as 50 POWs died each day
       - Japanese opened new POW camp to lower death rate
  

    - Cabanatuan
Liberated:
    - 31 January 1945
        - U.S. Rangers capture Cabanatuan and free POWs
Returned Home: 10 March1945 - San Francisco, California
Military Career:
    - Enlisted: U.S. Army Air Force
        - Tech Sergeant
Retired: 31 December 1962
Died: 11 September 1993 - Del Valle, Texas
Buried:
    - Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
        - Section: W   Site:  21-A

 

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