Kindlesparker

 


S/Sgt. Frank F. Kindlesparker


Born: 20 November 1918 - Wabash, Indiana

Parents: Gale Kindlesparker & Nora E. Henry-Kindlesparker

Siblings: 3 brothers, 1 sister

    - one brother died as a child

Home: 242 East Sinclair Street- Wabash, Indiana

Enlisted: 11 January 41 -  Fort Benjamin Harrison

Unit:

    - 19th Ordnance Battalion

        - A Company deactivated and reactivated as 17th Ordnance 

    - 17th Ordnance Company

Training:

    - Ft. Knox, Kentucky

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

            - worked to supply tanks with ammunition 

    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942

            - serviced tanks of 192nd & 194th Tank Battalions 

Prisoner of War:

    - 9 April 1941

        - 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

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

Died:

    - Thursday - 2 July 1942 - diphtheria

        - approximate time of death - 11:00 AM

Buried:

   - Cabanatuan Camp Cemetery

        - remains recovered

Reburied:

    - American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands

        - Plot:  N   Row:  2   Grave:  66

Memorial:

    - Falls Memorial Garden - Wabash, Indiana 

        - Parents had his name put on their headstone

        - Section:  G   Lot:  19   Grave:  1








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