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Pvt. Hayden Reed Lawrence


Born: 7 March 1919 - Rapides Parish, Louisiana
Parents: John S. Lawrence & Addie Curtis-Lawrence
Siblings: 2 sisters
Nickname: Reed

Home: Rapides Parish, Louisiana

    - lived on family's farm
Graduated: Buckeye High School - Deville, Louisiana
    - Class of 1939

Resided: Liberty, Texas -1940

Occupation: roughneck - oil well drilling

Inducted:

    - U.S. Army 

        - 21 February 1941 - Jacksonville Army Air Force Base, Florida

Basic Training:

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

Units: 

    - 19th Ordnance 

    - 17th Ordnance

       - 17th Ordnance was formed from A Company, 19th Ordnance Battalion

           - 19 August 1941

Duties: 

    - truck driver - drove gasoline and ammunition to tanks

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
            - 30 December 1942 - sent parents telegram saying he was fine

    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January - 9 April 1942

            - serviced tanks of the 192nd & 194th Tank Battalions
POW:
 - 9 April 1942

Death March:

        - Hayden started the march at Marivales at the southern tip of Bataan 

            - escaped into the hills with Pfc. Robert Schletterer, Pfc. James Boyd, Capt. Richard Kadel,

              Pvt. Frank Gyovai, and Pvt. George Mogyorosi of 17th Ordnance

Guerilla Information:

    - HQ XI Corp. - Zambales, Luzon, Philippine Islands

        - fought under command of Col. Gyles Merrill

Prisoner of War:

    - captured by Japanese - Tuesday - 21 September 1943
        - taken to Angeles City, Central Luzon
            - two days without food or water

    Held: 

        - Zambales Provincial Jail

        - San Fernando

        - Cabanatuan POW Camp #1

        - Bilibid Prison - Manila

        - Santo Tomas University - Manila

Trial:

    - Japanese tried Hayden for breaking the capitulation

    - Hayden was found guilty of crime

Executed:

    - Thursday - 23 September 1943
        - tied to tree and used for bayonet practice
at Angeles City Catholic Cemetery, Angeles City,  Central Luzon,
          Philippine
Islands

Buried:

    - Angeles City Catholic Cemetery

        - after war, his family requested that his remains be returned to the United States

    - Bethel Cemetery - Bethel, Rapides Parish, Louisiana

Posthumously Promoted: Tec 4 - rank equal to Sergeant

Note: Hayden R. Lawrence Upper Elementary School in Deville, Louisiana , was named after him

Reburied:

    - Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery -  Bethel, Louisiana

        - Row:  8


 



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