Pfc. Edward J. Lenio


Born: 1917 - Pennsylvania

Parents: Stanley J. Lenio & Josephine A. Shudy

Siblings: 4 sisters, 1 brother

Home: 989 Dana Street Northeast - Warren, Ohio

Education: Warren G. Harding High School

Occupation: laborer - steel mill

Inducted:

    - U. S. Army 

        - 28 March 1941 - Cleveland, Ohio

Training: 

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

    - Camp Polk, Louisiana

Overseas Duty: 

    - Philippine Islands

Engagements:

    - Battle of Luzon 

        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942

    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942 

Prisoner of War: 

   -  9 April 1942

        - Death March

            - Mariveles - POWs start march at southern tip of Bataan

              - Edward did the march with his sister's future husband, Raymond McCreanor

               - POWs ran past Japanese artillery firing on Corregidor

               - American artillery on Corregidor returned fire

            - San Fernando -POWs put into small wooden boxcars used to haul sugarcane

               - each boxcar could hold eight horses or forty men

               -  Japanese packed 100 POWs into each boxcar

               - POWs who died remained standing

            - Capas - POWs left boxcars - dead POWs fell to the floor

            - POWs walked the last ten miles to Camp O'Donnell 

POW Camps: 

     - Philippine Islands: 

         - Camp O'Donnell

            - unfinished Filipino Army training base 

            - Japanese put camp into use as POW camp

            - one water spigot for the entire camp

            - as many as fifty POWs died each day 

            - Japanese opened new camp at Cabanatuan to lower death rate

            - Lenio was too ill to be moved to the camp 

Died:

    - Sunday - 31 May 1942 - dysentery

Buried:

    - Camp O'Donnell Cemetery

Reburied: 

    - American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands

        - his remains could not be positively identified

        - buried as an "Unknown"

    - Tablets of the Missing - American Military Cemetery


 

 

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