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2nd Lt. James Howard Hart


Born: 21 August 1917 - May, Oklahoma

Father: Carmel H. Hart & Abbie Garman-Hart

    - mother died in childbirth in 1919

    - stepmother: Arlie May Vickroy-Hart - 1923

Siblings: 1 brother, 3 half-brothers

    - another half-brother died as a child

Home: 16 Walker Street - Watsonville, California

    - family moved to California in 1924

Education:

     - Watsonville High School - Class of 1935 

     - Salinas Junior College - 2 years of college

Occupation: janitor - public school

Enlisted:

    - California National Guard

        -  3 February 1940 - Salinas, California

Inducted:

    - U. S. Army

        - 10 February 1941 - Salinas Army Airfield

            - inducted into U. S. Army as a corporal

Training: 

    - Fort Lewis, Washington

    - 194th Tank Battalion
        - attended Officers Candidates School

        - at some point, he may have been reassigned to A Company 

Overseas Duty:
Note: The decision for this move - which had been made on August 15, 1941 - was the result of an event that took place in the summer of 1941.  A squadron of American fighters was flying over Lingayen Gulf, in the Philippines, when one of the pilots, who was flying at a lower altitude, noticed something odd.  He took his plane down and identified a flagged buoy in the water and saw another in the distance.  He came upon more buoys that lined up, in a straight line for 30 miles to the northwest, in the direction of an Japanese occupied island which was hundred of miles away.  The island had a large radio transmitter.  The squadron continued its flight plan south to Mariveles and returned to Clark Field.
     When the planes landed, it was too late to do anything that day.  The next day, when another squadron was sent to the area, the buoys had been picked up by a fishing boat - with a tarp on its deck - which was seen making its way to shore.  Since communication between the Air Corps and Navy was difficult, the boat escaped.  It was at that time the decision was made to build up the American military presence in the Philippines.
Overseas Duty:
    - 4 September  1941 -
        - battalion traveled by train to Ft. Mason in San Francisco, California
    - Arrived: 7:30 A.M. - 5 September 1941
        - ferried to Ft. McDowell, Angel Island on U.S.A.T. General Frank M. Coxe
        - given physicals and inoculations
        - men with medical conditions replaced

    - Ship: 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
            - escorted by heavy cruiser, U.S.S. Astoria, and an unknown destroyer
                - heavy cruiser intercepted several ships after smoke was seen on the horizon
                - ships belonged to friendly countries
        - Arrived: Manila - Friday - 26 September 1941
            - disembark ship - 3:00 P.M.
            - taken by bus to Fort Stostenburg
        - returned to Manila to help 17th Ordnance with unloading of tanks
Stationed:
    - Ft. Stostenburg, Philippines
        - lived in tents until barracks completed - 15 November 1941
        - called wife from Philippines for 20th wedding anniversary - 18 October 1941
             - 14 hour time difference so it was 17 October 1941 in Brainerd
Engagements:
    - Battle of Luzon
        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942
            - promoted to Lieutenant Colonel
            - 10 December 1941
                - battalion sent to Mabalcat
                    - C Company was sent to Southern Luzon to support troops
            - 12 December 1941
                - moved to new bivouac south to San Fernando near Calumpit Bridge
                    - arrived 6:00 A.M.
            - 14 December 1941
                - A Co. & D Co., 192nd moved to just north of Muntinlupa
            - 15 December 1941
                - received 15 Bren gun carriers
                - turned some over to 26th Cavalry, Philippine Scouts
                - Bren gun carriers used to test ground to see if it could support tanks
            - 22 December 1941
                - sent to Rosario
                    - west and north of the of barrio
                    - ordered out of the 71st Division Commander
                        - said they would hinder the cavalry's operation
            - 22/23 December 1941
                - operating north of Agno River
                - main bridge at Carmen bombed
            - 24 December 1941
                - operating in Hacienda Road area

                - Agnoo River Area

                   - Hart held his position while the other tanks under him withdrew

          - 26 December 1941               
                - documents show that his tank became separated from platoon during
                  the withdrawal from Carmen               
            - 7 January 1942      

                    - reported he, his tank, and his crew were still causing havoc among the Japanese

Guerrilla:
        - Hart and his tank crew abandon tank and go into the jungle to fight as guerrillas.

         - organized guerrilla resistance in the Bamban, Tarlec, Central Luzon
            - considered the "father" of guerrilla resistance in the Tarlec Province

        - spent over a year fighting Japanese as a member of 101st Squadron,

          Luzon Guerrilla Force

        - guerrilla rank: Captain

Note: Hart is reported to have helped Major Havelock Nelson, of the Provisional Tank Group, after he had been shot in an execution attempt and escaped from a grave that the Japanese had not covered.  Nelson later died of his wounds.

Killed in Action:

    - Friday - 3 September 1943

    - At five in morning a Japanese force of 34 men attacked guerrilla hideout in the Tapuak Hills in the Bamban area of Tarlec

    - dog alerted the guerrillas

    - Japanese opened fire on hut

    - the guerrillas attempted to crawl to safety

    - Hart was died while attempting to kill as many Japanese as possible so that the other guerrillas could escape

    - According to captured Filipinos, his body was lying on its back along the side of a stream.  He had a bullet hole in his forehead

    - Capt. Ted Spaulding who had roomed with Hart in college and was commissioned with him said that Hart shot himself instead of
      surrendering

        - Hart's body was buried at Clark Field and the Japanese who built a small memorial to him

            - admired him for not surrendering
Remains Returned Home:
    - U.S.A.T. Sgt. Jack J. Pendleton
        - 12 January 1949

Buried:

    - Harmon Cemetery - Ellis County, Oklahoma


 



 

 

 

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