S/Sgt. Dwight Searing Pendleberry
Born: 5 July 1921 - Niles, Ohio
Parents: Francis E. Pendleberry & Helen V. Garr-Pendleberry
Siblings: 1 brother
Hometown:
    - In 1930, his family was living in Blawnox, Pennsylvania
Enlisted:
    - U.S. Army
        - 24 August 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
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:
    - Noto Maru
        - Boarded: 25 August 1944
            - POWs remained in holds for two days
        - Sailed: Manila - 27 August 1944
            - spent night in Subic Bay
        - Sailed: 28 August 1944
        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 30 August 1944
        - Sailed: 3Same Day
        - Arrived: Keelung, Formosa - same day
        - Sailed: 31 August 1944
            - convoy attacked by American submarines
            - POWs could see flames from the explosions
        - Arrived: Moji, Japan - 7 September 1944
            - after arriving the Japanese opened hold and asked for the bodies of the dead
            - none of the POWs had died
POW  Camps:
    - Japan
        - Omori
            - beaten by Sergeant Watanabe
                - result of beating was he would later use a wheelchair
        - Sendai #10B
            - POWs came to camp from other camps
            - Work: mining
Hell Ship:
    - Unknown
Liberated:
    - September 1945
Married: June Murdoch
Died:
    - 17 October 2001 - Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, Texas
Buried:
    - Walnut Grove Cemetery - Booneville, Missouri

 


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