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Tec 4 Owen Manley Hewlett
Born: 3 November 1902 - Anton, Kentucky
Parents: Giles B. Hewlett & Lola D. Kirkwood-Hewlett
Siblings: 3 sisters, 4 brothers
Home: Hopkins County, Kentucky
Education: 2 years high school
Divorced
Enlisted:
    - U.S. Army - 3 year enlistment
        - 12 January 1941 - Fort Knox, Kentucky
Training:
    - Fort Knox, Kentucky
Rank: Tec 4 - equal to sergeant
Unit:
    - 19th Ordnance Battalion
        - Company A
            - company detached from 19th Ordnance and designated 17th Ordnance Company
    - 17th Ordnance Company
        - trained alongside 192nd Tank Battalion at Ft. Knox
Note: Hewlett may have been reassigned to 192nd Tank Battalion in the Philippine Islands
        - records kept by doctors at Bilibid Prison state he was a member of the tank battalion
Overseas Duty:

    - Ship: U.S.S. President Coolidge
        - Boarded: San Francisco, California - 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, Philippine Islands - Friday - 26 September 1941
            - disembark ship - 3:00 P.M.
            - taken by bus to Fort Stostenburg
        - 17th Ordnance unloaded tanks of 194th Tank Battalion
    - Philippines
        - lived in tents until barracks completed - 15 November 1941 
   
Engagements:
    - Battle of Luzon
        - 8 December 1942 - 6 January 1942
            - lived through attack on Clark Field
                - attack took place ten hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor
    - Battle of Bataan
        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942
            - serviced tanks of Provisional Tank Group
            - supplied tanks with gasoline and ammuntion
Prisoner of War:
    - 9 April 1942
        - Death March
            - started march at Mariveles on the southern tip of Bataan
            - POWs ran past Japanese artillery firing on Corregidor
                - American Artillery returned fire
                    - knocked out three Japanese guns
            - San Fernando
               - POWs packed into a bull pin
                   - remained there until they were formed into detachments of 100 men
                - marched to train station at San Fernando
                - POWs put into small wooden
boxcars
                - each car 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
                - walked last ten miles to Camp O'Donnell
POW Camps:
    - Philippine Islands
        - Camp O'Donnell
            - unfinished Filipino Army training base
            - Japanese use camp for POWs
            - one water spigot for entire camp
            - as many as 50 POWs died each day
            - Japanese opened new camp at Cabanatuan to lower death
              rate
        - Cabanatuan
            - remained in camp until selected to go out on work detail
            - 12 December 1942 - left Cabanatuan
        - Fort McKinley
            - POWs appear to have collected scrap metal
            - 29 January 1943 - POWs sent to Neilsen Airfield from Ft. McKinley
        - Neilsen Airfield
            - POWs extended runways and built revetments with picks and shovels
            - POWs sent to Camp Murphy - 25 October 1943
        - Camp Murphy - Lipa Batangas
            -
Zablan Field            
                - POWs built runways at an airfield and worked on a farm
         - Cabanatuan
                - sent to Bilibid Prison
                    - POWs  assigned to Building 12
                    - POWs in building referred to as "The Casual Group"
        -
Bilibid Prison
            - admitted: 1 September 1944 - U.S. Naval Hospital Unit - Bilibid Prison
                - dry beriberi, dysentery, and malnourished
                - sent to hospital ward as soon as he arrived at Bilibid
             - discharged date not known
             -  Owen had been selected to be sent to Japan
                 - doctors determined he was "too ill" to survive trip

            - admitted: 26 September 1944
                - amoebic dysentery

Died:
    - Monday - 2 October 1944 - Bilibid Prison
        - amoebic dysentery complicated by beriberi
        - approximate time of death  - 7:50 PM
Buried:
    - Bilibid Cemetery
        - 3 October 1944
Reburied:
    - East Lawn Cemetery - Hanson, Kentucky







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