Pvt. George Walter Moodt


Born: 8 July 1918 - Hartsgrove Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio
Parents: Ralph & Sarah Moodt
Siblings: 2 sisters, 2 brothers
Hometown: Ferron Road - Hartsgrove Township, Ohio
Enlisted:
    - U.S. Army
        - 3 December 1940 - 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 - 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
            - POWs started march at Mariveles on the southern tip of Bataan
            - ran past Japanese artillery firing on Corregidor
                - American artillery returned fire
            - 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

Hell Ship:
    - Tottori Maru
        - Boarded: 7 October 1942
        - Sailed: Manila - 8 October 1942
            - 9 October 1942 - American submarine fired two torpedoes at
               ship
            - ship maneuvered away from torpedoes
            - ship also avoided mine laid by submarine
        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 12 October 1942
        - Sailed: 16 October 1942
            - returned to Takao
        - Sailed: 18 October 1942
        - Arrived: Pescadores Islands - same day
            - anchored off islands for several days
            - two POWs died
        - Sailed: 27 October 1942
        - Arrived: Takao - same day
            - 28 October 1942 - POWs disembarked
                - showered with salt water
        - Sailed: 30 October 1942
        - Arrived: Makou, Pescadores Islands -same day
        - Sailed: 31 October 1942
        - Arrived: Fusan, Korea - 7 November 1942
        - Disembark: 8 November 1942
            - POWs boarded train for two day ride to Mukden, Manchuria
                - those POWs too sick to travel left behind
                - those who died cremated
                - those who recovered sent to Mukden with ashes of dead
        - Arrived: Mukden, Manchuria - 11 November 1942

POW Camp:
    - Manchuria
        - Mukden Camp
            - POWs worked at saw mill or machine shop
Liberated:
    - September 1945
Residence: Huntington Park, California
Died:
    - 8 February 1976 - Los Angeles, California
Buried:
    - Eternal Valley Memorial Park - Newhall, California

 


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