Molaro

 


Pvt. Louis Molaro
Born: 17 April 1916 - Bronx, New York
Parents: Sarrato & Antonette Molaro
Siblings: 2 sisters (known)
Home: 2254 Crotona Avenue - Bronx, New York
Inducted:
    - U.S. Army
        - 13 February 1941 - New York City, New York
Training:
    - Fort Knox, Kentucky
        - machinist
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 - 9:00 A.M.
            - soldiers given shore leave for the day
        - Sailed: same day - 5:00 P.M.
        - Arrived: Manila, Philippine Islands - Friday - 26 September 1941
        - Disembark: 3:00 P.M.
            - 17th Ordnance remained behind to unload the tanks of the 194th Tank Battalion
                - reattached the turrets to the tanks.
        - rode bus to Ft. Stotsenburg
        - lived in tents at Ft. 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
            - 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:
    - Philippines:
        - 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
        - Bridge Building Detail
            - POWs rebuilt bridges that had been destroyed during the
              withdrawal into Bataan
        - Cabanatuan
            - 5 October 1942 - 500 POWs left camp for Port Area of Manila
                - housed in warehouse on Pier 7

Hell Ship:
    - Tottori Maru
        - Boarded: 1961 POWs put on ship - 7 October 1942
            - 500 POWs in front hold
            - 1461 in rear hold
        - Sailed: Manila - 8 October 1942
            - 9 October 1942 - two torpedoes fired at ship by an American
              submarine
            - ship misses mine laid by American submarine
        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 12 October 1942
        - Sailed: 16 October 1942
            - returned to Takao
        - Sailed: 18 October 1942
        - Arrived: Pescadores Islands - same day
            - remained anchored off islands for several days
            - two POWs died
                - buried at sea
        - Sailed: 27 October 1942
        - Arrived: Takao - same day
            - 28 October 1942 - POWs taken ashore ans showered
        - Sailed: 30 October 1942
        - Arrived: Fuson, Korea - 7 November 1942
        - Disembarked: 8 November 1942
            - sick left behind at Fusan
            - those who recovered were later sent to Mukden
            - white boxes with ashes of those who died sent with survivors
        - Train Ride: POWs took two day train trip to Mukden, Manchuria
            - 11 November 1942 - arrived at Mukden

POW Camp:
    - Manchuria
        - Mukden
            - Work: machine shop
        - Chen Chia-Tun
        - Mukden
            Note: During his time as a POW, Molaro suffered from amoebic
                       dysentery, worms, and malnutrition
Liberated: 20 August 1945 - Russian Army
    - returned to the Philippine Islands
Promoted: Staff Sergeant
Transport:
    - S.S. Klipfonstein - Dutch ship
        - Sailed: Manila - 9 October 1945
        - Arrived: Seattle, Washington - 28 October 1945
            - taken to Madigan General Hospital - Ft. Lewis, Washington

            - sent to hospital closer to home   
            - spent six months in hospital
Discharged: 18 August 1946
Married: Josephine Mancuso
Occupation: machinist - New York Transit Agency
Residence: Whitestone, New York
Died: 18 August 2006 - Flushing, New York
Buried: Mount Saint Mary's Cemetery - Flushing, New York






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