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T/5 William J. Greene Jr.


Born: 28 February 1915 - San Francisco, California

Parents: William J. Greene Sr. & Frances Sullivan-Greene

Home: 628-A Shrader Street - San Francisco, California

Occupation: truck driver

Enlisted: California National Guard

Inducted: 

    - U. S. Army

        - 28 May 1941 - Fort Ord, California

Training: 

    - Fort Lewis, Washington

Unit: 

    - 194th Tank Battalion

Overseas Duty: 

    - Ship: U.S.S. President 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
                - lived in tents until barracks completed - 15 November 1941

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

            - Mariveles - POWs start march at southern tip of Bataan
            - POWs ran past Japanese artillery firing at Corregidor
                - Americans on Corregidor returned fire
            - San Fernando - POWs put into small wooden boxcars
                - each boxcar could hold eight horses or forty men
                - 100 POWs packed into each car
                - POWs who died remained standing
            - Capas - dead fell to floor as living left boxcars
            - POWs walked 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
        - hospitalized - 18 June 1942 - dysentery

Died:

    - Monday - 6 July 1942 - dysentery

            - approximate time of death - 2:00 AM

Buried:

    - Cabanatuan Camp Cemetery

        - after the war his remains weree positively identified

Reburied:

    - American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands

        - Plot:  N   Row:  2   Grave:  32 


 

 

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