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Cpl. Willard Garland Glass
Born: 22 December 1921 - Pellyton, Kentucky
Parents: William L. Glass & Exie M. Hall-Glass
Siblings:
    - 2 sisters, 2 brothers
Hometown: Adkin, West Virginia
Enlisted:
    - U.S. Army
        - 7 January 1941 - Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio
Training:
    - 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
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: , 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
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
            - 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 camp into use as POW camp
            - only one water spigot for entire camp
            - as many as 50 POWs died each day
        - Las Pinas Detail - 12 December 1942
            - POWs built runways with picks and shovels
            - POWs removed hills by hand
            - rubble pushed in mine carts and dumped in swamp to create landfill
            - Japanese committed atrocities in their treatment of the POWs
        - Cabanatuan
Hell Ship:
    - Nagato Maru
        - Boarded: 6 November 1942
        - Sailed: Manila - 6 November 1942
            - submarine attack
                - Japanese put covers on hatches
                - POWs figured out what was going on from depth charge concussions
            - dysentery spread among POWs
        - Arrived Takao, Formosa - 11 November 1942
            - dead taken ashore and cremated
        - Sailed: 14 November 1942
        - Arrived: Pescadores Islands - same day
            - storm kept ship anchored off islands
            - lice spread among POWs
        - Sailed: 18 November 1942
        - Arrived: Keelung, Formosa - same day
        - Sailed: 20 November 1942
        - Arrived: Moji, Japan - 24 November 1942
            - POWs disembarked, deloused, showered, fed, and issued new clothes
POW Camps:
    - Japan

        - Mitsushima
            - Transferred: 16 April 1944
        - Kawasaki Ship Yards
        - Sendai #7B
            - Arrived: 14 May 1945
            - POWs worked in copper mine
                - POWs did not receive proper clothing, food, or medical attention
                - collective punishment was practiced until July 1945
                    - POWs lined up at attention and made to stand at attention for hours
                    - they were not given food or water
Liberated: September 1945
Transport:
    - S.S Simon Bolivar
        - Sailed: not known
        - Arrived: San Francisco - 21 October 1945
            - taken to Letterman General Hospital
Discharged: 9 March 1946
Married: 22 December 1953
Residence: Adkin, West Virginia
Died:
    - 26 March 1999 - Bluefield, West Virginia
Buried:
    - Grandview Memorial Gardens - Bluefield, West Virginia

 

 

 

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