Cpl. Jack Allen Kilgren
Born: 23 January 1918 - Kingsford, Michigan
Parents: Peter Kilgren & Ethel LaCourt-Kilgren
    - father died - mother married Ernest Fisher
Siblings: 2 sisters, 1 brother
Home: Sagola Township, Dickinson County, Michigan
Occupation: lumber mill worker
Enlisted:
    - U.S. Army
        - 11 January 1941 - Fort Benjamin Harrrison, 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
            - serviced tanks of 192nd & 194th Tank Battalions
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 - Thursday - 25 June 1942 - malaria
                - discharged - Friday - 17 July 1942
Hell Ship:

    - Canadian Inventor 
        - Sailed: Manila - 4 July 1944
        - Returned: 4 July 1944
            - boiler problems
            - POWs remained in ship's holds for 15 days
        - Sailed: Manila - 16 July 1944
            - additional boiler problems
            - left behind by convoy
        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 23 July 1944
            - salt loaded into hold
        - Sailed: 4 August 1944
            - made way along west coast of Formosa to Keelung
        - Arrived: Keelung, Formosa - 5 August 1944
            - remained for twelve days for boiler repairs
        - Sailed: 17 August 1944
             - as Canadian Inventor approached Ryuku Islands, north of
               Formosa. it had more boiler problems
        - Arrived: Naha, Okinawa - unknown
            - boiler repairs
        - Sailed: Naha - unknown
        - Arrived: Moji, Japan - 1 September 1944
 
POW Camp: 
    - Japan:
        - Omine Machi
            - POWs worked in coal mine
Liberated:
    - September 1945
        - returned to the Philippine Islands

Transport:
   
- U.S.S. Marine Shark
        - Sailed: Manila - not known
        - Arrived: Seattle, Washington - 1 November 1945
            - taken to Madigan General Hospital - Ft. Lewis, Washington

Discharged: 28 June 1946
Married: Christine Ruby
Died:
    - 17 March 1978 - Tucson, Arizona
Buried: South Lawn Cemetery, Tuscon, Arizona

 


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