Pvt. Donald R. henson
Born: 8 February 1919 - Castoria, California
Parents: Silas B. Henson & Luella Jones-Henson
Siblings: 3 sisters, 5 brothers
Home: Durham Ferry Road - Castoria, California
Occupation: dairy farmer
Enlisted:
    - U.S. Army
        - 20 October 1940
Training:
    - Unknown
Units:
    - 17th Ordnance Company
        - company created from A Company of 19th Ordnance
        - may have joined 17th Ordnance at Angel Island
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: Manila, 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
            - serviced tanks of the 192nd and 194th Tank Battalions
Prisoner of War
    - 9 April 1942
        - Death March

             - Mariveles - POWs started march at southern tip of Bataan

             - POWs ran past Japanese artillery that was firing at Corregidor

                 - American artillery returned fire 

             - San Fernando - POWs put into small wooden boxcars used to

               haul sugarcane

                 - each boxcar could hold hold eight horses or 40 men

                 - Japanese packed 100 POWs into each car

                 - POWs that died remained standing

          - Capas - POWs left boxcars - dead fell to floors of boxcar

POW Camps:
    - Philippines:
        - Camp O'Donnell

            - unfinished Filipino training base
            - Japanese put base into use as a POW camp
            - there was one water spigot for for the entire camp
            - as many as 50 POWs died each day

Died:
    - Saturday - 23 May 1942- dysentery
Buried:

    - Camp O'Donnell Cemetery

Reburied:
    - American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands
        - Plot:  D   Row:  8   Grave:  6


 


 

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