Sgt. Harold J. Vick was born
in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on September 18,
1921. He was the second son of Joseph S.
Vick & Elsie L. Ferguson-Vick. His
parents divorced and his mother married George
Frost and he became the step-brother of Pfc. James E. Frost.
The family moved to 651 East Market Street,
Alisal, California. It is known that he
worked as a deliveryman for a meat market.
Harold joined the California National Guard in
1939 and was inducted into the U. S. Army on
February 10, 1941, at Salinas Army Air
Base. Before he went overseas, he
married Wilma Sue Walker in June, 1941.
Harold traveled to Fort Lewis, Washington, and
trained with his company which was now C
Company, 194th Tank Battalion. For the
next six months, he and the other soldiers
learned the skills of tank crew members.
Harold became a tank commander.
On August 15, 1941, from Ft.
Knox, Kentucky, the 194th received orders for
duty in the Philippine Islands because of an
event that happened during the summer. A
squadron of American fighters was flying over
Lingayen Gulf when one of the pilots noticed
something odd. He took his plane down and
identified a buoy in the water. He came
upon more buoys that lined up, in a straight
line for 30 miles to the northwest, in the
direction of an Japanese occupied island, with a
large radio transmitter, hundred of miles
away. The squadron continued its flight
plane and flew south to Mariveles and then
returned to Clark Field. By the time the
planes landed, it was too late to do anything
The next morning, by the time
another squadron was sent to the area the next
day, the buoys had been picked up by a fishing
boat which was seen making its way toward
shore. Since communication between and Air
Corps and Navy was poor, the boat was not
intercepted. It was at that time the
decision was made to build up the American
military presence in the Philippines.
In September 1941, the 194th,
minus B Company, was ordered to San Francisco,
California, for transport to the Philippine
Islands. Arriving, by train, at Ft. Mason
in San Francisco, they were taken by the U.S.A.T.
General Frank M. Coxe, to Ft. McDowell on
Angel Island where they received physicals and
inoculations from the battalion's medical
detachment. Those men found with medical
conditions were replaced.
The tankers boarded the S.S.
President Calvin Coolidge on September 8
at 3:00 P.M. and sailed at 9:00 P.M. for the
Philippine Islands. To get the tanks to
fit in the ship's holds, the turrets had serial
numbers spray painted on them and were removed
from the tanks. They arrived at Honolulu,
Hawaii, on Saturday, September 13 at 7:00 A.M.,
and most of the soldiers were allowed off ship
to see the island but had to be back on board
before the ship sailed at 5:00 P.M.
After leaving Hawaii, the
ship took a southerly route away from the main
shipping lanes. It was at this time that
it was joined by the U.S.S. Astoria, a
heavy cruiser, and an unknown destroyer which
were its escort. During this part of the
trip, on several occasions, smoke was seen on
the horizon, and the Astoria took off in the
direction of the smoke. Each time it was
found that the smoke was from a ship belonging
to a friendly country.
The Coolidge entered Manila
Bay at 7:00 A.M., on September 26, and reached
Manila several hours later. The soldiers
disembarked at 3:00 P.M., and were driven on
buses to Clark Field. The maintenance
section of the battalion and members of 17th
Ordnance remained at the dock to unload the
battalion's tanks and reattach the turrets.
The battalion rode buses to
Fort Stotsenburg and taken to an area between
the fort and Clark Field, where they were housed
in tents since the barracks for them had not
been completed. They were met by
General Edward P. King, commanding officer of
the fort who made sure they had what they
needed. On November 15th, they moved into
On December 1, the 194th was
ordered to its position at Clark Field.
Their job was to protect the northern half of
the airfield from paratroopers. The 192nd
Tank Battalion, which had arrived in November
guarded the southern half. Two crew men
remained with the tanks at all times and
received their meals from food trucks.
The morning of December 8,
1941, the battalion was brought up to full
strength at the perimeter of Clark Field to
guard against Japanese paratroopers. Just
hours early, the Japanese had bombed Pearl
Harbor. As the tankers guarded the
airfield, they watched American planes flying in
every direction. At noon the planes
landed, to be refueled, and the pilots went to
lunch. It was 12:45, and as the tankers
watched, a formation of 54 planes approached the
airfield from the north. When bombs began
exploding on the runways, the tankers knew the
planes were Japanese.
When the Japanese were
finished, there was not much left of the
airfield. The soldiers watched as the
dead, dying, and wounded were hauled to the
hospital on bomb racks, trucks, and anything
that could carry the wounded was in use.
When the hospital filled, they watched the
medics place the wounded under the
building. Many of these men had their arms
and legs missing.
The night of the 12th/13th,
the battalion was ordered to bivouac south of
San Fernando near the Calumpit Bridge.
Attempting to move the battalion at night was a
nightmare, and they finally arrived at their new
bivouac at 6:00 A.M. on December 13.
It was at this time that C
Company was ordered to support forces in
southern Luzon. The company proceeded
through Manila. Since they had no air
cover, most of their movements were at
night. As they moved, they noticed lights
blinking or flares being shot into the
air. They arrived at the Tagaytay Ridge
and spent time their attempting to catch 5th
They remained in the area
until December 24, when they moved over the Taal
Road to San Tomas and bivouacked near San Paolo
and assisted in operations in the
Pagbilao-Lucban Area supporting the Philippine
Army. One of the most dangerous things the
tanks did was cross bridges with a ten ton
weight limit. Each tank weight 14 tons, so
they crossed the bridges one tank at a
time. On the 30th, the company supported
the withdrawal of the Philippine Army south of
San Fernando on Route 3 and rejoined the
battalion on December 31.
The tanks withdrew through
San Fernando at 2:00 A.M. on January 2, and fell
back to the Lyac Junction. The two tank
battalions were holding a line between Culis and
Hermosa. The tanks withdrew from the line the
night of the 6th/7th. While doing this,
the maintenance section of the battalions
repaired abandoned trucks to use to haul food
and the gasoline caches they found and bring it
into Bataan. That night, the 194th crossed
the bridge over the Culis Creek, covered by the
192nd, and entered Bataan.
The company, with A Co.,
192nd Tank Battalion, withdrew from the
Guagua-Perac Line to Remedio where they
established a new defensive line on January
5. That afternoon, C Company, supported by
four self-propelled mounts stopped a Japanese
advance which kept the road open for withdrawing
The next night, the tanks
were holding the line when the Japanese
attempted to infiltrate under a bright
moon. The tanks opened fire resulting in
the Japanese losing half of their troops.
In an attempt to cover their advance, the
Japanese used smoke which blew back on
them. The battle lasted until the Japanese
broke off the attack at 3:00 in the
morning. After this, there was a two day
lull in the fighting.
A Composite tank company was
formed from the tank battalions and given the
job of protecting the East road north to
Hermosa. This was a dangerous job since
the tanks were in range of Japanese
artillery. The other tanks were ordered to
a bivouac south of the Abubucay-Hacienda Line.
The tanks formed a new
bivouac just south of the Pilar-Bagao Road and
had a few days rest. While they rested,
17th Ordnance and the maintenance sections of
the battalion did long overdue work on the
tanks. Also around this time, the tank
companies were reduced to ten tanks so that
tanks could be given to D Company, 192nd, which
had lost its tanks after a bridge had been
destroyed before they had crossed it.
C Company and D Company,
192nd, were sent to the Cadre Road on the 12th
but returned on the 13th because ordnance had
planted landmines which made reaching the road
impossible. C Company was sent to Bagac,
on the 16th, to reopen the West Highway Road
that had been cut by the Japanese, so troops
trapped behind the road block could
escape. A platoon of tanks at the Moron
Highway and Trail 162 knocked out an anti-tank
gun, and with the help of infantry, cleared the
It was at this time the tank
battalions received these orders which came from
"Tanks will execute maximum delay, staying
in position and firing at visible enemy
until further delay will jeopardize
withdrawal. If a tank is immobilized,
it will be fought until the close approach
of the enemy, then destroyed; the crew
previously taking positions outside and
continuing to fight with the salvaged and
personal weapons. Considerations of personal
safety and expediency will not interfere
with accomplishing the greatest possible
Both tank battalions held a
line along the Balanga-Cardre Road-Banobano
Road, so that other units could withdraw which
was completed by midnight. They held the
line until the night of the 26th/27th when they
withdrew and formed a new defensive line roughly
along the Pilar-Bagac Road.
At about 9:45 A.M., a
Filipino civilian came down the road and warned
the tankers that a Japanese force was on its
way. The tanks, with four SPMs opened up
on the Japanese when they appeared. The
fighting lasted 45 minutes when the Japanese
withdrew having suffered 50 percent
casualties. This action prevented the
Japanese from overrunning the new defensive line
which was still being formed.
The tank battalions were
given beach duty so that the Japanese could not
land troops behind the main line of
defense. The half-tracks of the battalions
patrolled the roads. At 2:50 A.M., a
Japanese motorized unit was head coming down the
road with its lead vehicle having dimmed
headlights. The 194th had a roadblock in
place with guns aimed at various angles.
When they opened up, they caused heavy damage to
the Japanese column.
It was also at this time that
the tank battalions, without orders, took on the
job of protecting three airfields. The
airfields had been built so a rebuilt Air Corps
would have places to land. About the same
time, the fighting on Bataan came to a
standstill since the Japanese troops were
exhausted and suffering from the same tropical
illnesses as the defenders. To end the
stalemate, the Japanese brought in fresh troops
The Japanese lunched an all
out offensive on April 3 breaking through the
line of defense held by II Corps. The
194th moved its companies to support the
defenders along the line from the East Coast
Road and to the west. The tanks repeatedly
were sent to areas where the Japanese had broken
through which was difficult to do since the
roads were clogged with retreating vehicles.
It was the evening of April 8 that Gen. Edward
P. King decided that further resistance was
futile, since approximately 25% of his men were
healthy enough to fight, and he estimated they
would last one more day. In addition, he
had over 6,000 troops who sick or wounded and
40,000 civilians who he feared would be
massacred. At 10:30 that night, he sent
his staff officers to negotiate surrender terms.
It was at this time that the
tank battalion commanders received this order, "You will make plans, to
be communicated to company commanders only,
and be prepared to destroy within one hour
after receipt by radio, or other means, of
the word 'CRASH,' all tanks and combat
vehicles, arms, ammunition, gas, and radios:
reserving sufficient trucks to close to rear
echelons as soon as accomplished."
Between 6:30 and 6:45 A.M. on
April 9, 1942, the order "CRASH"
was issued. The tankers destroyed their
tanks and waited for orders from the
Japanese. The members of the 194th were
ordered the next day, to move to the
headquarters of the Provisional Tank Group,
which was at kilometer marker 168.2.
At 7:00 P.M. on the 10th, the
POWs were ordered to march. They made
their way from the former command post, and at
first found the walk difficult. When they
reached the main road, walking became
easier. At 3:00 A.M., they were given an
hour break before being ordered to move again at
4:00 A.M. The column reached Lamao at 8:00
A.M., where the POWs were allowed to forage for
food before marching again at 9:00.
During this part of the march
to reach the main road out of Bataan, the POWs
noted that they were treated well by the
Japanese who were combat hardened
troops. Their guards were surprised
that they had surrendered and treated them
fairly well. It was at Limay that the
treatment they received would change.
When the POWs reached Limay,
officers with ranks of major or higher, were
separated from the enlisted men and the lower
ranking officers. The higher ranking
officers were put on trucks and driven to
Balanga from where they march north to
Orani. The lower ranking officers and
enlisted men reached the barrio later in the day
having march through Abucay and Samal.
At 6:30 in the evening, the
POWs were ordered to form detachments of 100
men. Once this was done, they resumed the
trip north, but this time they were marched at a
faster pace and were given few breaks.
When they did receive a break, they had to sit
in the road until they were ordered to move.
When they were north of
Hermosa, the POWs reached pavement which made
the march easier. At 2:00 A.M., they
received an hour break, but any POW who
attempted to lay down was jabbed with a
bayonet. After the break, they were
marched through Layac and Lurao. It was at
this time that a heavy shower took place and
many of the men opened their mouths in an
attempt to get water.
The men were marched until
4:00 P.M., when they reached San Fernando.
Once there, they were herded into a bull pen,
surrounded by barbwire, and put into groups of
200 men. One POW from each group went to
the cooking area which was next to the latrine,
and received a box of rice that was divided
among the men. Water was given out
in a similar manner with each group receiving a
pottery jar of water to share.
At 4:00 A.M., the Japanese
woke the men up and organized them into
detachments of 100 men. From the compound,
they were marched to the train station, where
they were packed into small wooden boxcars known
as "forty or eights." Each boxcar could
hold forty men or eight horses, but the Japanese
packed 100 men into each car and closed the
doors. The POWs were packed in so tightly
that the dead could not fall to the floor.
At Capas, as the living left the cars and those
who had died - during the trip - fell to the
floors of the cars. As they left the cars,
the Filipino civilians threw sugarcane and gave
the POWs water.
The POWs marched eight
kilometers to Camp O'Donnell an unfinished
Filipino Army Training Base that the Japanese
pressed the camp into use as a POW
camp. There was only one water
spigot for 12,000 POWs. Men died in line waiting
for a drink.
Camp O'Donnell was an unfinished Filipino
military camp that the Japanese put into use as
a POW camp on April 1, 1942. The Japanese
estimated that the camp could hold from 15,000
to 20,000 POWs. When the men arrived at
the camp they were searched and those found to
have any Japanese items on them were separated
from the other POWs and accused of looting the
bodies of dead Japanese soldiers. They
were taken to the guardhouse and held there
until they were taken to as area southeast of
the camp and shot.
The other POWs had any extra
clothing taken away from them and the Japanese
did not return it to them. Since there was
no water available for washing clothes, since
the POWs could not bathe and their clothing
became soiled, they threw it away. They
also stripped the dead of their clothing before
they were buried. Most of those who were
ill and in the camp hospital had little to no
clothing. In addition, there was no water
to wash the mess kits.
The only water in the camp
came from one spigot which the Japanese guards
would arbitrarily turn off. If it was
turned off, the next man in line for a drink
could wait as long as 4 hours for it to be
turned on again. The average wait for one
drink of water was from 2½ to 8 hours. For
cooking rice, the water was carried from a river
located 3 miles from the camp. The
Japanese installed a second water spigot which
made things better.
The POW bathrooms were slit
trenches which quickly overflowed since most of
the POWs had dysentery or diarrhea. Flies
from the latrines where everywhere in the camp
including the kitchens and on the food which
caused disease to spread.
The camp hospital had no soap
or disinfectant. When senior ranking
American doctor wrote a letter to the Japanese
commandant of the camp, Captain Yoshio
Tsuneyoshi, stating the medical supplies he
needed, he was told never to write another
letter, and that the only thing that he wanted
from the hospital were the names and serial
numbers of the dead.
When a representative of the
Philippine Red Cross offered a 150 bed hospital
for the POWs in the camp, a Japanese second
lieutenant slapped him in the face. When
the Catholic Archbishop of Manila sent a
truckload of medicine to the camp, the Japanese
turned the truck away. Medicine sent by
the Philippine Red Cross was appropriated by the
Japanese for use on their troops. The
medical staff at the hospital did surgery with
mess kit knives since their were no medical
supplies. For every six medics assigned to
work in the hospital, only one man was healthy
enough to perform all his duties.
The death rate in the camp
rose to 50 men dying each day. Each
morning, the POWs collected the bodies of the
dead, which were found all around the camp and
carried them to the camp hospital. There,
the bodies were placed under the hospital
awaiting burial which usually took two to three
days. To clean the dirt under the
hospital, the POWs moved the dead, scrapped the
ground and spread lime on the soil. They
moved the bodies back into the area and repeated
the process where the bodies had lain while they
were cleaning the other area.
A burial detail worked daily
to bury the dead. Two POWs carried a body,
in a sling to the camp cemetery and placed it in
a shallow grave. The graves were shallow
because the water table was high, and as they
dug the graves, the graves would quickly start
to fill with water. To hold the body down
in the grave a POW used a pole while the other
men threw dirt on the body.
Daily work details left the
camp to cut fire wood for the POW kitchen and to
perform other duties for the Japanese.
Long term work details also were sent out, and
many of the POWs volunteered to go out on them
so that they could escape the camp. Since
the death rate at the camp was extremely high,
Harold, with other members of the C Company,
volunteered to go out on a bridge building
This detail was also under the command of Lt.
Col. Ted Wickord the commanding officer of the
192nd Tank Battalion.
The detail was composed of 150 Prisoners of War
whose job it was to rebuild bridges that had
been destroyed during the American
retreat. Seventy-five of the POWs were
selected to work at a sawmill to produce the
lumber that would be needed to rebuild the
Harold first worked at Calaun. There the
POWs were amazed by the concern shown for them
by the Filipino people. The townspeople arranged
for their doctor and nurses to care for the POWs
and give them medication. In spite of
this, some days there were as few as twenty POWs
healthy enough to work.
Harold was next sent to Batangas to rebuild
another bridge. Again, the Filipino people
did all they could to see that the Americans got
the food and care they needed. Somehow the
Filipinos convinced the Japanese to allow them
to attend a meal to celebrate the completion of
the new bridge.
While working on the detail, a POW assigned to
the sawmill escaped. Since the Japanese
had instituted the "blood brother" policy, ten
POWs were selected to be executed. The
Japanese picked the five POWs who slept on both
sides of the escaped man. It was their
belief that any of these men could have stopped
the man from escaping. Lt. Col. Wickord
was sent to the sawmill to watch the execution
and then tell his men what he had seen.
This was to be a warning of what would happen to
them if any other POW escaped.
The next bridge the POWs were sent to build was
in Candelaria. Once again, the people of
the town did what ever they could to help the
Americans. An order of Roman Catholic
sisters, who had been recently freed from
custody, invited Lt. Col. Wickord and twelve
POWs for a dinner. Wickord selected the
twelve sickest POWs to attend the meal.
When the detail ended, Harold was sent to
Cabanatuan. This camp had been opened in
an attempt by the Japanese to improve the
conditions for the POWs. The camp was actually
three separate camps. Camp #1 was were
those men who had been POWs at Camp O'Donnell
were sent. Camp #2 was four miles away
from Camp 1, and because of its water problem
closed quickly. It was later reopened and
house Naval POWs. Camp #3 was six miles
from Camp 2 and later housed the POW from
Corregidor, from the hospitals on Bataan, and
those who had been at Camp 2. These POWs
were generally in better shape then the men who
had taken part in the march. Frank was
assigned to Barracks 10 at Camp 1.
Once in the camp, the POWs
were allowed to run the camp. The Japanese
only entered if they had an issue they wanted to
deal with. To prevent escapes, the POWs
set up a detail that patrolled the fence of the
camp. The reason this was done was that
those who did escape and were caught, were
tortured before being executed, while the other
POWs were made to watch. It is believed
that no POW successfully escaped from the camp.
In the camp, the Japanese
instituted the "Blood Brother" rule. If
one man escaped the other nine men in his group
would be executed. POWs caught trying to
escape were beaten. Those who did escape
and were caught, were tortured before being
executed. It is not known if any POW
successfully escaped from the camp.
The barracks in the camp were
built to house 50 POWs, but most had between 60
to 120 POWs in them. The POWs slept on
bamboo slats, without mattresses, bedding, or
mosquito netting. Many quickly became
ill. The POWs were assigned to barracks
which meant that the members of their group
lived together, went out on work details
together, and would be executed together since
they were Blood Brothers.
The POWs who went out on the
rice planting detail had to get their tools from
a tool shed. As they left the shed, it was
the common practice of the guards, to hit the
POWs, on the top of their heads. If a
guard on the detail decided that a POWs was not
working hard enough, he was beaten. They
also would push the man's face into the mud and
stepped on his head to force it down
deeper. The POWs returning from the
details often were able to smuggle food,
medicine, and tobacco into the camp.
The POWs were underfed and
typical meal was 16 ounces of cooked rice, 4
ounces of vegetable oil, and sweet potato or
corn. This resulted in many becoming ill
since they could not fight off illnesses.
The camp hospital consisted of 30 wards which
each holding 40 men. It was more common
for them to have 100 men in them. A ward
had two tiers of bunks with the sickest POWs
lying on the lower bunk. Each man had
approximately an area of 2 feet by 6 feet to lie
in. A hole was cut into the platforms so
that those suffering from dysentery could
relieve themselves without leaving the tier.
Zero Ward, which is where
those who had little or no hope of recovering,
were sent. It got its name because it was
missed when the wards were being counted.
The Japanese were so afraid of becoming ill from
being near the building that they put up a fence
around it and would not go near it.
On the October 27, Harold and
other POWs were sent to Manila for transport to
Davao, Mindano. The POWs were put
on the Erie Maru. The ship
sailed on October 28 for Iloilo and then Cabu
City on Cebu Island. After these stops,
the ship sailed for Lasang, Mindanao arriving
there on November 7. From there, the POWs
were taken to Davao. It was during this
time that Harold lost track of the whereabouts
of his step-brother.
Harold and the other POWs on the detail farmed
and constructed runways. He remained on
this detail until June 6, 1944. On June
12th, the POWs were taken to Lasang and boarded
onto the Yashu Maru. The ship
sailed for Cebu City and arrived on June
17. The POWs remained in the ship's
holds for four days. On June 21, Ray and
the others were transferred to the Teiryu
Maru and sailed for Manila arriving on
June 24. Upon arriving in Manila, the
POWs were taken to Bilibid Prison. Ray
remained there until he was selected for
shipment to Japan.
Harold returned to Pier Seven
in Manila and was boarded onto the Canadian
Inventor. The ship sailed for
Formosa on July 4th. After stopping at
Takao and Keelung, Formosa, the ship sailed for
Naha, Okinawa. It finally arrived at Moji,
Japan, on September 1, 1944. The POWs
referred to the ship as the Mati Mati Maru.
The name was Japanese for "slow."
In Japan, Harold was taken to Nagoya
#5 which was also known as Yakkaichi
Camp. The POWs in the camp were used to
manufacture sulfuric acid, at a copper smelter,
and as stevedores on the docks, and at a saw
mill. The POWs lived in flimsy wooden
barracks. Meals for the prisoners often
consisted rice. In the rice were small
pebbles which damaged the POWs
Punishment in the camp took
many forms. The POWs were punched, beaten
with ropes, rocks, clubs, shoes, belts and poles
to make them work faster. Many of the
punishments received by the POWs were the result
of the Japanese interpreter, Shinshi Kirio,
intentionally misinterpreting orders, or
outright lying, so that the POWs would be
beaten. He also made POWs, as punishment,
run in circles in the cold.
Afterwards, it was not
uncommon for the Japanese to rub salt into the
man's wounds and had their food rations
cut. They were made to stand at attention
with their arms outstretched, in front of them,
holding buckets of water at arm's length.
Other men were suspended from ladders - by their
wrists - and beaten while they hung there.
They also were made to kneel on rocks or bamboo
poles with heavy rocks behind their knees or
squat for hours at a time with a pole behind
Meals for the prisoners often
consisted rice. In the rice were small
pebbles which damaged the POWs teeth. The
sick in the camp were forced to work since the
Japanese needed a certain number of POWs to
unload the coal at the docks. A Japanese
medic had final say over who worked and who
stayed in the camp.
In late 1944, the POWs
received a full Red Cross Box and celebrated
their blessings. It was at this time that
one American POWs who was known as "Muscleman"
because he had been a boxer, attempted to
collect debts, with interest, from POWs.
When he began to rough up another POW who
refused to pay him with his Red Cross supplies,
the other POWs jumped him and beat him.
They had, had enough of the man.
The POWs went to work on
August 15, but returned to the camp early; They
did not go to work the next day. On August
17th, American planes were everywhere but there
were no air raid sirens, and that night the
lights in the camp were left on all night.
The POWs noticed the size of their rations
increased a couple of times. Finally, the
planes dropped food and clothing to the former
POWs in 50 gallon drums.
On September 4, 1945, the
POWs left the camp and taken to Hamamatsu, where
they boarded the U.S.S. Rescue, a
hospital ship. The really sick remained on
the ship when it arrived at Yokohama. From
there, the POWs were driven to an airfield south
of Tokyo and flown to Okinawa and later returned
to the Philippines.
In his own words: "I
got quite a jolt when I met Jim face-to-face
a hospital ship off Yokohama on September
4th just after the Japs surrendered. I
had been in the Yakkachi Prison Camp near
Nagoya for a year just before I was
liberated by American forces and removed to
the hospital ship."
A few days later, Harold was on a C-54 flying
home. The plane landed in Hickam Field in
Hawaii before flying to Hamilton Airfield north
of San Francisco. The photo below was
taken while he was a POW in Japan. He was
awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
One lasting effect was that
Harold would have nightmares of his time as
When asked about his time
as a POW, he said,
"Words cannot describe treatment the
American soldiers received at the hands
of the Jap militarists after Bataan and
Corregidor. It was sure rough
and with his wife, Sue, raised their
the war, he owned several gas stations in
Salinas, Paso Robles, and Victorville,
California. He also owned a gas
station in Las Vegas, Nevada. He
resided in Chico, California, from 1992
until 2006, when he moved to Redding,
California, after his wife's death in 2006.
Harold J. Vick passed away on July 5, 2007, in
Redding, California, and was buried at Garden of
Memories Memorial Park, in Salinas, next to his