Pvt. Denver Earl King
Born: 25 October 1921 - Putman County, West Virginia
Parents: Ollie & Anna King
Siblings: 6 sisters, 1 brother
Hometown: Plymouth Township, Putman County, West Virginia
Occupation: pipeline worker
Enlisted:
    - U.S. Army
        - 8 January 1941 - Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio
Trained:
    - Fort Knox, Kentucky
Units:
    - 19th Ordnance Battalion
    - 17th Ordnance Company
        - company created from A Company of 19th Ordnance
        - trained alongside the 192nd Tank Battalion at Ft. Knox
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 the 192nd & 194th Tank Battalions
Prisoner of War
    - 9 April 1942
        - Death March
            - POWs started march at Mariveles on the southern tip of Bataan
            - ran past Japanese artillery firing on Corregidor
                - American artillery returned fire
            - gave Shelby Johnson water purification pills to put in water
              he had gotten from a ditch - Shelby had his canteen and shared
              water
            - San Fernando - POWs packed into small wooden boxcars

                - each boxcar 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
            - POWs walked last ten miles to Camp O'Donnell
POW Camps:
    - Philippines:
        - Camp O'Donnell
            - unfinished Filipino Army training base
            - Japanese put it into use as a POW camp
            - one water spigot for the entire camp
            - as many as fifty POWs died each day
        - Cabanatuan
            - hospitalized - 26 March 1943
                - discharged - no date given

Hell Ship:
- Canadian Inventor
        - Sailed: Manila - 4 July 1944
            - returned - boiler problems
            - POWs remained in holds for fifteen days
        - Sailed: 16 July 1944
            - additional boiler problems
            - left behind by convoy
        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 23 July 1944
            - salt loaded into hold
        - Sailed: 4 August 1944
        - Arrived: Keelung, Formosa - 5 August 1944
            - remained in harbor for twelve days for additional boiler repairs
        - Sailed: 17 August 1944
        - Arrived: Naha, Okinawa
            - additional boiler repairs
            - stayed six days
        - Sailed: Unknown
        - Arrived: Moji, Japan - 1 September 1944

POW Camp:
    - Japan
        - Omine Machi
            - camp also known as "Hiroshima #6"
Liberated: September 1945
    - evacuated from Japan through Wakayama
    - returned to Philippine Islands on U.S.S. Sanctuary
    - not known how he was transported to the United States
Married:

    - Doris E. Jones
        - 4 September 1948
            - divorced
     - Gene Owen
        - divorced
Education:
    - University of Richmond
Children: 3 sons, 1 daughter
Died:
    - 7 April 1997
        - Clendenin, West Virginia
Buried:
    - Elk Hills Memorial Park, Clendenin, West Virginia

 


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