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Our first entry details the life and service of PFC. Bille Brown

 

Pfc. Billie Elwin Brown

 

 

Born: 21 January 1917 - Lake Hubert, Minnesota

Parents: William H. Brown & Lois O. Edwards-Brown

Siblings: 3 sisters, 2 brothers

    - Brother: Alpheus Brown - also a member of A Company

Hometown: Lake Edwards, Minnesota

    - living with his two brothers 

Occupation: farmhand

Inducted:

    - U.S. Army

        - 10 February 1941 - Brainerd, Minnesota

Training: 

    - Fort Lewis, Washington

Units: 

    - 194th Tank Battalion

Overseas Duty: 

    - Ship: U.S.S. President 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
    - Arrived: Manila - Friday - 26 September 1941
        - disembark ship - 3:00 P.M.
        - taken by bus to Fort Stostenburg
    - Philippines
        - lived in tents until barracks completed - 15 November 1941  

Engagements: 

    - Battle of Luzon
        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942

    - Battle of Bataan
        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942

        - March 1942 
            - two tanks were bogged down in mud
            - the tankers were working to get them out
            - Japanese Regiment entered the area
            - Lt. Col. Miller ordered tanks and artillery to fire at point blank range
                - Miller ran from tank to tank directing fire

            - wiped out Japanese regiment

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
            - POWs walked last ten miles to Camp O'Donnell
        - Reported POW: 23 January 1943

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 #1

Died:

    - Monday - 7 September 1942 - cerebral malaria

        - Approximate time of death: 9:45 AM

Buried: Cabanatuan Camp Cemetery

Reburied:

    - November 1949 - Lake Edward Cemetery - Nisswa, Crow Wing County, Minnesota

 

 

                                  

 

 

This infomation used with permission from a great website resource:

Battan Commerative Research Project

http://bataanproject.com

 


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