Pvt. Charles Louis Urban
Born: 6 November 1925 - Kentucky
Mother: Lou Urban & Mollie Cox-Urban
    - father died when he was three
    - mother remarried - Rom Hurst
Home: 2917 Central Avenue - Ashland, Kentucky
Enlisted:
    - U.S. Army
        - 7 May 1940
            - 14 years old
Training:
    - Fort Knox, Kentucky
Units:
    - 19th Ordnance Battalion
    - 17th Ordnance 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.
        - Sailed: 5:00 P.M.
            - soldiers given shore leave for the day
        - Arrived:
Manila, Philippine Islands - Friday - 26 September 1941
            - 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
            - 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
        - Cabanatuan

Hell Ship:
    - Noto Maru
        - Sailed: Manila - 25 August 1944
        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 28 August 1944
        - Sailed: Unknown
        - Arrived Keelung, Formosa
        - Sailed : Unknown
        - Arrived: Moji, Japan - 4 September 1944
POW Camp:
    - Japan:
        - Sendai #6
            - Work: POWs used as slave labor in copper mine
Liberated: September 1945
    returned to the Philippine Islands

Transport:
    - U.S.S. Rescue
        - Sailed: Manila - not known
        - Arrived: San Francisco - 10 October 1945
            - taken to Letterman General Hospital

Discharged: Unknown
Residence: Ashland, Kentucky
Married: Virginia Urban - 1953
Children: 1 son
Died: 2 November 2002 - Brandon, Florida
Buried: Hillsboro Memorial Cemetery - Brandon, Florida

 


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