Pvt. Frank T. Jemenko
Born: 25 February 1922 - Lake County, Indiana
Parents: Carl & Stella Jemenko
Siblings: One of five children
Home: 4802 Kennedy Avenue - East Chicago, Indiana
Education:
    - Washington High School
        - Class of 1940
Married: Joella Jones
    - got married as company prepared for overseas duty
Children: 1 daughter
Enlisted:
        - U.S. Army
            - 18 September 1940 - Fort Benjamin Harrison, Lawrence, Indiana
Training:
    - Fort Knox, Kentucky
Units:
    - 19th Ordnance Battalion
        - reorganized as 17th Ordnance Company
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
     
  
        - lived in tents at Fort Stotsenburg
            - barracks completed - 15 November 1941 

Engagements:
    - Battle of Luzon
        - 8 December 1942 - 6 January 1942
    - Battle of Bataan
        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942
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 ten miles to Camp O'Donnell
Prison Camps:
    - Philippines
        - 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
            - hospitalized - 28 July 1942 - diphtheria
                - Barracks 1 - hospital area
Died:
    - Friday - 31 July 1942 - diphtheria
        - approximate time of death - 3:45 PM
Buried:
    - Cabanatuan Camp Cemetery
        - buried at POW cemetery with nineteen other POWs
            - Grave 808
Exhumed:
    - after the war the bodies were exhumed in an attempt to identify them
        - Frank's remains were given the number of C-1413
    - only eight men were identified
        - new number - X-2786
Reburied:
    - American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands
        - Plot F, Row 13, Grave 8 - as an "Unknown"
        - 14 February 1952
Memorial:
    - Tablets of the Missing
        - American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands

 

 


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