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Tec 4 Oscar E. Gordon


Born: 1921 - Hendricks County, Indiana

Parents: Lawrence Frank Gordon & Lucinda McCloud-Gordon

Siblings: 12 sisters, 6 brothers

Hometown: Eel River, Indiana

Resided: Putnam County, Indiana

Inducted:

    - U.S. Army

         - 10 January 1941 - Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana

Training:

    - Ft. Knox, Kentucky

        - A Company, 19th Ordnance Battalion reorganized as 17th Ordinance Company

Units:

    - 19th Ordnance Battalion

    - 17th Ordnance Company 

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

    - 9 April 1942 - 15 April 1942

            - 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:

    - 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
        - considered too ill to be moved
Died: 20 June 1942

    - approximate time of death - 6:30 A.M.
        - from an infection

Buried:

    - Camp O'Donnell Cemetery

Reburied:

   - American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands

       - Plot:  A   Row:  9   Grave:  159 


 




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