Boyd, PFC James P.

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PFC James Patrick Boyd 
Born: 21 October 1917 – Sweetwater, Texas 
Parents: S. P. Boyd & Ethel D. Parks-Boyd 
Siblings: 3 sisters, 1 brother 
Home: Star Route – Sweetwater, Texas 
Nickname: Pat 
Graduated: Sweetwater High School – 1935 
Occupation: Self-Employed 
Selective Service Registration: 16 October 1940
Contact: Mrs. S. P. Boyd – mother 
– U. S. Army 
– 11 February 1941 – Lubbock, Texas
– 19th Ordnance Battalion
– A Company reorganized as 17th Ordnance Company
– trained as small arms mechanic
– 17th Ordnance Company
– Ft. Knox, Kentucky

Note: On August 15, 1941, the company received orders for duty in the Philippines 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 a Japanese occupied island, hundreds of miles away, with a large radio transmitter on it. The squadron continued its flight plan and flew south to Mariveles before returning to Clark Field. By the time the planes landed that evening, it was too late to do anything that day.

The next morning, another squadron was sent to the area and found that 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.

Overseas Duty:
– 4 September 1941 –
– the battalion traveled by train to Ft. Mason in San Francisco, California
– Arrived: 7:30 A.M. – 5 September 1941
– ferried to Ft. McDowell, Angel Island on the U.S.A.T. General Frank M. Coxe
– given physicals and inoculations
– men with medical conditions replaced
– Ship: S.S. President Calvin 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
– escorted by the heavy cruiser, the U.S.S. Astoria, and an unknown destroyer
– smoke was seen on the horizon several times
– cruiser intercepted ships
– Arrived: Manila – Friday – 26 September 1941
– disembark ship – 3:00 P.M.
– taken by bus to Fort Stotsenburg
– maintenance section with 17th ordnance remained behind to unload the tanks and reattach the turrets
-27 September 1941 – job completed at 9:00 A.M.
– Philippines
– lived in tents until barracks completed – 15 November 1941
– Battle of Luzon
– 8 December 1941 – 6 January 1942
– set up fuel dumps for the tanks to use during the withdrawal toward Bataan
– converted WWI anti-personnel shells so they could be used by the tanks
– Battle of Bataan
– 7 January 1942 – 9 April 1942
– manufactured and scavenged spare parts for the tanks
– repaired tanks on the frontlines in combat situations
– 9 April 1942
– escaped into the jungle on the death march with PFC. Raymond Schletterer, Pvt. Hayden Lawrence, Pvt. George Mogyorosi, Capt. Richard Kadel, and
  Pvt. Frank Gyovai
– joined Filipino Tala Guerillas in Talc
– helped them to maintain old WWI weapons
– Guerilla on Bataan
– fought Japanese for two years in this area
– collected and buried abandoned American ordnance for use against Japanese
– when the guerrilla leader was killed by Japanese, he joined Col Thorpe’s forces
– Corporal John P. Boone’s Command
– 18 February 1945 – U.S. Forces
Promoted: Staff Sergeant
Discharged: January 1946
Married: Eva Barbara Mondelli
Children: 1 daughter, 2 sons
– plum farmer
– 1955 – oil distributor
– 21 May 1990 – U.S. Army Ordnance Hall of Fame – Ft. Ord, California
– 29 June 1991 – Gilroy, California
– Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery – Gilroy, California
– Two Bronze Stars
– Purple Heart
– Prisoner of War



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