Theriac



Pvt. Regis Mart Theriac

Born: 13 November 1918 - Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana

Parents: Guy B. Theriac & Yodus H. Coleman-Theriac

Siblings: 5 sisters, 4 brothers

Hometown: Vincennes, Indiana

    - lived in Johnson, Indiana - 1930 

Occupation: farmhand

Inducted:

    - 9 January 1941 - Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana
        - inducted with James Flaitz and John Crago

Serial Number: 15061415

Training: 

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

        - tank mechanic

Unit: 

        - A Company, 19th Ordnance Battalion
            - company detached and designated - 17th Ordnance Company
            - September 1941 - sent to San Francisco, California

Overseas Duty: 

    - Ship: U.S.S. President Coolidge
        - Boarded: Monday - 8 September 1941 - 3:00 P.M.
        - Sailed: 9:00 P.M. - same day
        - Arrived: Honolulu, Hawaii - Saturday - 13 September 1941 - 7:00 A.M.
        - Sailed: 5:00 P.M. - same day
        - Arrived: Manila - Friday - 26 September 1941
            - disembark ship - 3:00 P.M.
            - taken by bus to Fort Stostenburg
        - 17th Ordnance unloaded tanks of the 194th Tank Battalion
    - Philippines
        - lived in tents until barracks completed - 15 November 1941 

Stationed: 

    - Philippine Islands

        - 26 September 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

            - 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:

    - Philippine Islands:

        - 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
 

        - Cabanatuan

            - 5 October 1942 - POWs left camp for Port Area of Manila

Hell Ship:

    - Tottori Maru

            - Note: 

                - 1961 POWs boarded - 7 October 1942

                - POWs divided into two groups. One group remained on deck other

                  went into ship's hold POWs not fed for two weeks

                - voyage to Korea should have taken eight days but took 30 days

                   because of American

                  submarines

        - Sailed: Manila - 8 October 1942

            - American submarine fires two torpedoes at ship

            - ship passes mine laid by submarine 

        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 12 October 1942

        - Sailed: Takao - 16 October 1942

            - returned to Takao

        - Sailed: 18 October 1942

        - Arrived: Pescadores Islands -same day

            - remained anchored  for several days

            - two POWs died

        - Sailed: 27 October 1942

        - Arrived: Takao - 27 October 1942

             - 28 October 1942 - POWs taken ashore and showered   

        - Sailed: 30 October 1942 

        - Arrived: Makou Island in Pecadores Islands - same day

        - Sailed: 31 October 1942

        - Arrived: Pusan, Korea - 7 November 1942

            - Note:

                 - POWs took a two day train trip to Mukden, Manchuria

                 - arrived - 11 November 1942
POW Camp:

    - Mukden, Manchuria

        - Shenyang Sub-camp

Liberated: September 1945 - Russian Army
    - returned to the Philippine Islands

Promoted: Staff Sergeant
Transport:
    - U.S.S. Tryon
        - Sailed: not known
        - Arrived: San Francisco - 24 October 1945
            - taken to Letterman General Hospital
            - sent to hospital closer to home

Hospitalized: 

    - tuberculosis - in hospital until discharged

Discharged:

    - February 1947

Married: Fern L. Baker - 17 June 1947

Children: 2 sons

Residence: Wheatland, Indiana

Occupation: machinist - Crane Naval Depot

Died: 28 February 2003 - Vincennes, Indiana

Buried:

    - Memorial Park Cemetery - Vincennes, Indiana




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