LaBoon

 

1st Lt. Fred Phillip LaBoon


Born: 28 September 1915 - Chickasha, Oklahoma
Parents: Wade H. LaBoon & Mae E. Folsom-LaBoon
Siblings: 4 sisters, 3 brothers

Hometown: Chickasha, Oklahoma
    - father was postmaster

Education:

    - University of Oklahoma

        - Bachelors of Science

        - Masters in Engineering - 1939

        - ROTC Program - Ordnance
Occupation: stationary engineer

Commissioned: Second Lieutenant

Active Duty:

    - 23 March 1941

Unit:

    - A Company, 19th Ordnance Battalion

        - A Company was deactivated and reactivated as 17th Ordnance Company

    - 17th Ordnance Company 

Training:

    - Ft. Knox, Kentucky

        - 17th Ordnance trained with the 192nd Tank Battalion.  Both units would

           go to the Philippine Islands

Overseas Duty:
    - Company sent to Angel Island, California

    - 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
    - returned to Manila to help 17th Ordnance with unloading of tanks

Stationed:
    - Ft. Stotsenburg, Philippines

Engagements:

    - Battle of the Philippines

        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942 

    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942

Prisoner of War:

    - 9 April 1941

        - 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

        - Cabanatuan #1, #2, #3

Hell Ship:

    - Nagato Maru

         - Sailed: Manila 11 November 1942

         - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 14 November 1942

         - Sailed: 17 November 1942

         - Arrived: Pescadores Islands 17 November 1942

         - Sailed: 18 November 1942

         - Arrived: Keelung, Formosa 18 November 1942

         - Sailed: 20 November 1942

         - Arrived: Moji, Japan 24 November 1942
POW Camps:

    - Japan:

        - Tanagawa
            - camp was a total mess
            - officer made to clean latrines

        - Zentsuji
            - Arrived: 15 January 1943
                - poor diet resulted in deaths of POWs
                - medicine and medical supplies were available to POWs     
            - Worked at Sakaide Rail Yards and Port of Takamatsu
            - POWs worked as stevedores loading and unloading boxcars
                - when American planes bombed rail yard, the POWs were locked inside boxcars

                - Japanese took cover in air raid shelters
            - 25 June 1945 - large group of POWs transferred from cam
                - during trip, American planes were everywhere
                - the Japanese believing the train was going to be strafed, uncouple the engine and left                    the baggage cars and boxcars with the POWs in them as targets
                    - did this several times

        - Rokuroshi

Liberated: September 1945
    - in December 1945, LaBoon was invited to testify against General Homma
    - he declined the offer
Promoted: Captain

Discharged: 21 September 1946

Married: Helen Jeannette Reed

Children: 3 sons

Elected: National Vice-Commander of the American Legion

Died:

    - 14 November 1996 - Norman, Oklahoma

Buried:

    - Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery - Norman, Oklahoma 

        -  Plot: M-R3-4


 

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