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Pfc. Malcolm S. Webb


Born: 1 October 1916 - Jefferson County, Kentucky

Parents: Linsey Webb & Lucy Renfro-Webb

Siblings: 2 brothers, 3 sisters 

Home: 2603 South Fourth Street - Louisville, Kentucky

Education: grade school

Occupation: welder - Louisville & Nashville Railroad
Married: Regina Busch

Enlisted: 29 October 1940 - Fort Knox, Kentucky

Unit:

    - 19th Ordnance Battalion

        - A Company reorganized as 17th Ordnance Company 

    - 17th Ordnance Company

    - Provisional Tank Group Headquarters 

Training:

    - Ft. Knox, Kentucky

Overseas Duty:
    - Ship: U.S.S. President Coolidge
        - Boarded: San Francisco, California - Monday - 8 September 1941
        - 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, Philippine Islands - Friday - 26 September 1941
            - disembark ship - about 3:00 P.M.
            - company remained behind at pier to unload tanks of the 194th Tank Battalion
            - taken by bus to Fort Stostenburg
 
Stationed:

    - Ft. Stotsenburg - Philippine Islands

Engagements:

    - Battle of Luzon

        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942

    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942

Prisoner of War:

    - 9 April 1941

        - Death March

            - started march at Mariveles on the southern tip of Bataan
            - San Fernando - POWs packed into small wooden
boxcars

                - boxcars could hold eight horses or forty men

                - 100 men put into each boxcar

                - those who died remained standing
            - Capas - POWs leave boxcars - dead fall out of cars
            - walk last ten miles to Camp O'Donnell
 

POW Camps:

    - Philippine Islands:

        - Camp O'Donnell

            - unfinished Filipino Army training base

            - Japanese put base into use as POW camp

            - one water spigot for the entire camp

            - As many as 50 POWs died each day

            - Japanese opened new camp at Cabanatuan in an attempt to lower death rate

            - Webb left behind be he was considered "too ill" to be moved
            - Webb's death was recorded by the medical staff at Cabanatuan
                - in the report the cause of death was listed as starvation & dysentery

Died:

    - Monday - 29 June 1942 - beriberi & dysentery

        - approximate time of death - 9:00 AM
Promoted: Corporal

Buried:

    - Camp O'Donnell Cemetery

        - after the war, is remains could not be positively identified

        - buried as an "Unknown" at the new American cemetery 

Memorial:

    - Tablets of the Missing - American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands
Note: His brother, Leroy, was a German POW


 





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