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Kistner, Sgt. Lawrence E.

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Kistner

Born: 9 August 1917 – Kentucky
Parents: Claud & Lillie Price-Kistner

– father died mother married Douglas Price

Siblings: 3 brothers, 1 sister

Hometown: 405 South Sebree Avenue – Dawson Springs, Kentucky

Nickname: “Lunky”

Occupation: grocery store clerk

Education:

– Earlington High School

– Class of 1937

Enlisted:

– U. S. Army

– 20 November 1940 – Fort Knox, Kentucky

Training: Fort Knox, Kentucky

Units:

– 19th Ordnance Company

– A Company inactivated and activated as 17th Ordnance Company

– 17th Ordnance Company

Overseas Duty:

– Philippine Islands

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:

– Philippine Islands:

– 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

Died:

– Wednesday – 3 June 1942 – dysentery

Buried: Earlington Cemetery – Earlington, Kentucky

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