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Sgt. Arthur Jay Holstein


Born: 2 January 1916 - Gila, Arizona

Parents: Jay Holstein & Henrietta Hull-Holstein

Siblings: 1 sister

Home: Williams Road - Alisal, California

Married: spouse not known

Occupation: lineman helper - elevator company

Inducted:

    - U.S. Army

        - 10 February 1941 - Salinas Army Airfield

Training: 

    - Fort Lewis, Washington

Units: 

    - 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:

    - Philippine Islands:

        - 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 #1

            - POWs left camp - 18 August 1943

Hell Ship:
    - Noto Maru
        - Boarded: 25 August 1944 - Manila
        - Sailed: 27 August 1944
            - dropped anchor at Subic Bay
        - Sailed: 28 August 1944
            -  depth charged dropped for submarines
        - Arrived: 30 August 1944 - Takao, Formosa
        - Sailed: Same Day
        - Arrived: Same Day - Keelung, Formosa  
        - Sailed: 31 August 1944 
         - Arrived: 4 September 1944 - Moji, Japan

POW Camps:

    - Japan

        - Mitsushima

             - POWs carried cement to build a dam

        - Tokyo #16B

             - transferred to camp - 16 April 1944

             - POWs worked in Showa Denko Company carbide plant

Liberated:

    - September 1945
        - returned to the Philippine Islands
Transport:

    - U.S.S. Joseph T. Dychman
        - Sailed: Manila - not known
        - Arrived: San Francisco - 16 October 1945

Military Career:

    - Reenlisted: 29 May 1950 

        - remained in military until 31 October 1953

        - retired as Staff Sergeant

Died: 15 November 1965 - Los Angeles, California

Buried:

    - Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California

        - Section: A-A  Plot: 1513


 

 

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