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Pvt. Dexter Jackson Hollon

Born: 1909 - Jeffersonville, Kentucky
Father: Curtis Hollon & Emma Hollon
    - mother died while he was a child - father remarried
Siblings: 2 sisters, 2 brothers
Home: 253 Richmond Avenue - Mount Sterling, Kentucky

Married: Widower

Occupation: paper mill worker
Enlisted: 6 January 1941 - Fort Knox, Kentucky
Training:
    - Ft. Knox, Kentucky
Units:
    - 19th Ordnance Battalion
            - Company A

            - 17 August 1941 - reorganized as 17th Ordnance Company

                - received overseas orders the same day

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:

        - traveled by train to Ft. Mason, San Francisco, California
            - Arrived: Thursday, 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
        - removed turrets from tanks of the 194th Tank Battalion
     - 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 the heavy cruiser, U.S.S. Astoria, and an unknown destroyer
                - smoke seen on horizon several times
                -  cruiser intercepted ships
        - 16 September 1941 - crossed International Dateline
            - date became Thursday - 18 September 1941
        - Arrived: Manila - Friday - 26 September 1941
            - disembark ship - 3:00 P.M.
            - taken by bus to Fort Stostenburg
            - maintenance section with 17th ordnance remained behind to unload the tanks and attached turrets
                -27 September 1941 - job completed at 9:00 A.M.
Stationed:
    - Ft. Stotsenburg, Philippine Islands
        - lived in tents until barracks completed - 15 November 1941
            - 8 December 1942 - lived through Japanese attack on Clark Field
                - company went to a bamboo thicket where they could disperse vehicles
                    - company set up bivouac
                        - set up machine shop trucks, half-tracks, and trucks
                - received orders to return to Ft. Stotsenburg
       - 12:45 P.M. - Japanese attacked
           - Japanese wipe out Army Air Corps
           - dead and wounded were everywhere

Engagements:
    - Battle of Luzon

        - 8 December 1942 - 6 January 1942
    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942

        - 17th Ordnance worked to keep the tanks of the 192nd & 194th Tank Battalions running
        - company headquartered in ordnance depot building which was empty
        - repaired tanks damaged by Japanese or tank crews
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 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 miles to Camp O'Donnell
POW Camps:
    - Philippines
        - Camp O'Donnell

            - 1 April 1942 - unfinished Filipino training base Japanese put into use as a POW camp
                - Japanese believed the camp could hold 15,000 to 20,000 POWs
            - POWs searched upon arrival at camp
                - those found with Japanese money were accused of looting
                - sent to guardhouse
                - over several days, gun shots heard southeast of the camp
                    - POWs who had money on them had been executed
            - Japanese took away any extra clothing from POWs as they entered the camp and refused to return it
                - since no water was available for wash clothing, the POWs threw soiled clothing away
                - clothing was taken from dead
                - few of the POWs in the camp hospital had clothing
            - POWs were not allowed to bathe
            - only one water spigot for entire camp       
                - POWs waited 2 hours to 8 hours to get a drink
                    - water frequently turned off by Japanese guards and next man in line waited as long as 4 hours for water to be turned on again
                    - mess kits could not be cleaned
                - POWs had to carry water 3 miles from a river to cook their meals
                - second water spigot installed a week after POWs arrived
            - slit trenches overflowed since many of the POWs had dysentery
                - flies were everywhere including in camp kitchens and food
            - camp hospital had no water, soap, or disinfectant
            - the senior POW doctor wrote a list of medicines he wanted to treat the sick and was told by the camp commandant, Capt. Yoshio
              Tsuneyoshi, never to write another letter
                - Tsuneyoshi said that all he wanted to know about the American POWs was their names and numbers when they died
                - refused to allow a truckload of medicine sent by the Archbishop of Manila into the camp
                - 95% of the medicine sent by Philippine Red Cross was taken by the Japanese for their own use
            - POWs in camp hospital lay on floor elbow to elbow
            - operations on POWs were performed with mess kit knives
            - only one medic out of six assigned to care for 50 sick POWs, in the hospital, was well enough to work
            - as many as 50 POWs died each day
                - each morning dead were found everywhere in the camp and stacked up under the hospital
                - ground under hospital was scrapped and cover with lime to clean it
                - the dead were moved to this area and the section where they had laid was scrapped and cover with lime
                - usually not buried for two or three days
            - work details: if a POW could walk, he was sent out on a work detail
                - POWs on burial detail often had dysentery and malaria
        - Japanese opened new POW camp to lower death rate
            - 1 June 1942 - POWs formed detachments of 100 men
                - POWs marched out gate and marched toward Capas
                    - Filipino people gave POWs small bundles of food
                        - the guards did not stop them
                - At Capas, the POWs were put into steel boxcars and rode them to Manila
                - train stopped at Calumpit and switched onto the line to Cabanatuan
                    - POWs disembark train at 6:00 P.M. and put into a school yard
                    - fed rice and onion soup       
        - Cabanatuan #1
            - original name - Camp Panagaian
            - Philippine Army Base built for 91st Philippine Army Division
            - put into use by Japanese as a POW camp
            - actually three camps
                - Camp 1: POWs from Camp O'Donnell sent there in attempt to lower death rate
                - Camp 2:  two miles away
                    - all POWs moved from there because of a lack of water
                    - later used for Naval POWs
                - Camp 3: six miles from Camp 2
                    - POWs from Corregidor and from hospitals sent there
                        - September 1942 - Camps 1 & 3 consolidated
                - "Blood Brother" rule implemented
                    - if one POW in the group of 10 escaped, the other nine would be killed
                - POWs patrolled fence to prevent escapes
                - Barracks:
                    - each barracks held 50 men
                        - often held between 60 and 120 men
                        - slept on bamboo slats without mattresses, covers, and mosquito netting
                            - diseases spread easily
                        - no showers
            - Morning Roll Call:
                - stood at attention
                    - frequently beaten over their heads for no reason
                - when POWs lined up for roll call, it was a common practice for Japanese guards, after the POWs lined up, to kick the POWs in
                  their shins with their hobnailed boots
            - Work Details:
                - Work Day: 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
                - work details sent out to cut wood for POW kitchens, plant rice, and farm
                    - they also were frequently hit with a pick handle, for no reason, as they counted off
                - POWs on the rice planting detail were punished by having their faces pushed into the mud and stepped on
                - the POWs had to go into a shed to get the tools, as they came out, they were hit on their heads
                - if the guards on the detail decided the POW wasn't doing what he should be doing, he was beaten
                - many POWs on details were able to smuggle in medicine, food, and tobacco into the camp
            - to prevent escapes, the POWs set up patrols along the camp's fence
            - men who attempted to escape and caught were executed after being beaten
                - the other POWs were forced to watch the beatings
            - daily POW meal - 16 ounces of cooked rice, 4 ounces of vegetable oil, sweet potato or corn
                - most of the food the POWs grew went to the Japanese
        - Camp Hospital:
            - 30 Wards
                - each ward could hold 40 men
                    - frequently had 100 men in each
               - two tiers of bunks
                   - sickest POWs on bottom tier
               - each POW had a 2 foot by 6 foot area to lie in
            - Zero Ward
              - given name because it had been missed when counting wards
              - became ward where those who were going to die were sent
              - fenced off from other wards
                  - Japanese guards would not go near it
                  - POWs sent there had little to no chance of surviving
                  - medical staff had little to no medicine to treat sick
                  - many deaths from disease caused by malnutrition
            - death rate dropped after POWs received Red Cross packages and other changes had been made

Hell Ship:
    - Tottori Maru
        - POWs housed in warehouse on Pier 7
        - POWs board ship - 7 October 1942
           - 1961 POWs put on ship
               - 500 POWs put in front hold
               - remainder of POWs put in rear hold
        - Sailed: Manila - 8 October 1942
            - 9 October 1942 - two torpedoes fired at ship by an American submarine

            - ship misses mine laid by submarine
        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 12 October 1942
        - Sailed: 16 October 1942
            - returned to Takao
        - Sailed: 18 October 1942
        - Arrived: Pescadores Islands - same day
            - anchored off islands for several days
            - two POWs died
        - Sailed: 27 October 1942
        - Arrived: 30 October 1942 - Maku, Pescadores Islands
        - Sailed: 31 October 1942
        - Arrived: Fusan, Korea - 7 November 1942
            - POWs disembark - 8 November 1942
            - sick POWs left at Fusan
        - Arrived: Mukden, Manchuria - 11 November 1942
POW Camp:

    - Manchuria
        - Mukden
             - Work: POWs worked in machine shop or lumber mill
             - 150 POWs selected to be sent to Japan
Hell Ship:
    - Nissyo Maru
        - Sailed: 24 May 1944
        - Arrived: 26 May 1944 - Takao, Formosa
        - Sailed: same day
        - Arrived: 29 May 1944 - Moji, Japan

            - ship misses mine laid by submarine
        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 12 October 1942
        - Sailed: 16 October 1942
            - returned to Takao
        - Sailed: 18 October 1942
        - Arrived: Pescadores Islands - same day
            - anchored off islands for several days
            - two POWs died
        - Sailed: 27 October 1942
        - Arrived: 30 October 1942 - Maku, Pescadores Islands
        - Sailed: 31 October 1942
        - Arrived: Fusan, Korea - 7 November 1942
            - POWs disembark - 8 November 1942
            - sick POWs left at Fusan
        - Arrived: Mukden, Manchuria - 11 November 1942
POW Camp:
    - Japan
        - Kamioka Camp
            - POWs arrive from Mukden, Manchuria - 29 May 1944
            - Work: zinc & lead mining
            - POWs beaten after each American air raid
                - eight to ten men selected for beating
                - placed in guardhouse and forgotten

            - collective punishment was given to POWs if one man broke a rule

                - beaten, clubbed, and burned

                - substance place hands, necks, and abdomens and lit on fire
                - rising sun emblems burned around POWs navals

            - POWs caught trading personal effects for food beaten with belts, sabers, ropes, and clubs
            - POWs made to do close order drill when atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima
            - learned war was over from a newspaper they bought on Black Market

Liberated:
    - 18 August 1945 - POWs informed of surrender

    - September 1945  
         - taken by hospital ship to Okinawa

Promoted: Staff Sergeant
Died:
    - Monday - 10 September 1945
        - flown to the Philippines by 494th Bomb Group, 866th Bomb Squadron

            - 20 passengers and 5 crew members on plane
            - name of plane: Liquidator

        - killed in plane crash at Nielson Field, Philippine Islands
            - plane was attempting to land in bad weather
            - all passengers and crewmen killed in crash

Note:
    - Wednesday - 13 September 45 - parents received word he had been liberated
        - they had assumed he was dead since they never heard anything about him while he was a POW

    - Thursday - 15 November 1945 - parents informed that he was missing since being liberated

        - no other information provided to them
Buried:

    - 22 February 1950
        - Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery - Saint Louis, Missouri
            - Section:  78    Site:  1007-1009B


 









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