S/Sgt. Carl H. Vest
Born: 9 June 1914 - Richland, Indiana
Parents: Franklin R. Vest & Glaydis Grace Hasler-Vest
    - mother died in 1915
Siblings: 1 sister, 3 brothers
Hometown: Bloomfield, Indiana
    - 1940 - Canal Zone, Panama
Education: two years of college
Married: Josie E. Basham - 1940
Children: 1 daughter, 1 son
Occupation: foreman
Enlisted:
    - 15 January 1938
        - U. S. Army
Training:
    - Fort Knox, Kentucky
Unit:
    - 19th Ordnance Battalion
        - A Company reactivated as 17th Ordnance Company
    - 17th Ordnance Company
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
            - soldiers received shore leave for the day
        - Sailed: 5:00 P.M.
        - Arrived; Manila, Philippine Islands - Friday - 26 September 1941
            - 17th Ordnance remained at pier and unloaded the tanks of the 194th Tank Battalion
                - reattached turrets of tanks
        - rode bus to Fort Stotsenburg
        - lived in tents - barracks completed - 15 November 1941
 Engagements:
    - Battle of Luzon
        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942
    - Battle of Bataan
        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942
Prisoner of War:
    - 9 April 1942
        - Death March
            
- Mariveles - POWs start march at southern tip of Bataan
            - POWs ran past Japanese artillery firing at Corregidor
                - Americans on Corregidor returned fire
            - San Fernando - POWs put into small wooden boxcars
                - each boxcar could hold eight horses or forty men
                - 100 POWs packed into each car
                - POWs who died remained standing
            - Capas - dead fell to floor as living left boxcars

POW Camps:
    - Philippine Islands
        - Camp O'Donnell
            - unfinished Filipino training base
            - Japanese put camp into use as POW Camp
            - only one water spigot for entire camp
            - as many as 50 POWs died each day
            - Japanese opened new POW camp to lower death rate
 

        - Cabanatuan
            - 5 October 1942 - POWs left Cabanatuan for Manila
            - housed in warehouse on Pier 7

Hell Ship:
    - Tottori Maru
        - 7 October 1942 - POWs boarded ship
            - 1961 POWs board ship
                - 500 POWs put in front hold
                - remainder in rear hold
        - Sailed: Manila - 8 October 1942
            - Note: 9 October 1942 - American submarine fired two torpedoes
              at ship
            - ship passes mine laid by American submarine
        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 12 October 1942
        - Sailed: 16 October 1942
            - returned to Takao
        - Sailed: 18 October 1942
        - Arrived: 18 October 1942
            - anchored off the Pescadores Islands - same day
            - remained anchor for several days
                - two POWs die - buried at sea
        - Sailed: 27 October 1942
        - Arrived: Takao - 27 October 1942
            - 28 October 1942 - POWs taken ashore and bathed
        - Sailed: 30 October 1942
        - Arrived: Makon and Pescadores Islands - same day
        - Sailed: 31 October 1942
        - Arrived: Fusan, Korea - 7 November 1942
            - 8 November 1942 - POWs disembark ship
            - sick left behind at Fuson
        - Arrived: Mukden, Manchuria - 11 November 1942

POW Camp:
    - Manchuria
        - Mukden
            - POWs worked in machine shop
               Note: Website on camp can be reached at: mukdenpows.org. 
                          - direct link takes viewer to default page
Hospitalized - Mukden Prisoner of War Hospital
Died:
    - Friday - 26 February 1943 - dysentery & beriberi
        - remains of POWs stored in warehouse until ground thawed
Buried:
    - Camp Cemetery - Plot 12. Grave 2
Remains Returned Home:
    - U.S.S. Cardinal O'Connell
        - February 1948
Reburied:
    - Walnut Grove Cemetery - Park, Indiana
        - headstone indicates he died in 1942
        - military records indicate he died in 1943
        - buried next to his brother who died as a teenager



 


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