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Company D 192nd Tank Bn on a parade ground at Ft Knox during their training
Company D 192nd Tank Bn on a parade ground at Ft Knox during their training. Courtesy Provisio East High School Bataan Commemorative Research Project 

Some of these brave men survived “The Death March" and all survived some three and one-half years as prisoners of war under brutal conditions and returned to their homes:

Edwin Skip Rue
Edwin W. Rue 

EDWIN W. RUE
Edwin W. “Skip” Rue joined the 38th Tank Company in 1934 as a Private along with his brother Arch. Skip became an officer at Fort Knox. He began the Death March at Balanga in the south of Bataan. He was put onto a train at San Fernando to Capas for the walk to Camp O'Donnell arriving some five days after beginning the journey. He was transferred to Cabanatuan. Sent to Japan on the Nagato Maru. Held at Zentsuji in Japan and worked as a stevedore in the rail yards of the Port of Takamasu. In June 1945, was sent to Rokushi Camp.  After he was liberated, he was promoted to Major and returned to Harrodsburg and ran his own business and eventually moving to Lexington. He died on November 28, 2004.
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Claude Yeast
Claude L. Yeast

CLAUDE L. YEAST
Cpl. Claude L. Yeast joined the 38th Tank Company prior to the federalization in the fall of 1940 with his brother Willard. Made his way to Corregidor by boat. Taken prisoner May 6, 1942 when the island fortress was surrendered.  Claude remained on the island for almost two weeks. then marched through Manila and on to Bilibid Prison for three days and then to Cabanatuan #3 for some five months and them moved back to Manila by train. Put on the ship Tottori Maru and onto Pusan, Korea.  From Pusan, put on a train and taken north to Manchuria and camp at Mukden, Manchuria. Worked in a machine shop.  After some 18 months sent to Japan and Kamioka #1-B POW Camp were he worked in the Zinc mine running a jackhammer. Claude returned to Harrodsburg.
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William Gentry
William Gentry

WILLIAM GENTRY
1st Lt. William H. Gentry joined the Harrodsburg Guard unit sometime between 1934 and 1936. Became an officer at Fort Knox and assigned to Headquarters Company and eventually was assigned to C Company. It was at Baluiag that Gentry's platoon of tanks won the first tank victory of World War II against enemy tanks on December 31, 1941. On the 11th of April 1942, Gentry and the other members of C Company became Prisoner of Wars.  They made their way to Mariveles where they would begin the death march. It took him eleven days to complete the march.  Suffering from malaria, Gentry was carried for three or four days during the march by his fellow tankers.  In particular, 2nd Lt. Jacques Merrifield of B Company carried Gentry most of this time.  First held at Camp O'Donnell and then on June 6, 1942 when he was sent to Cabanatuan. In October 1942, he was sent to the Philippine Experimental Farm on the Island of Mindanao where he worked on a rice farm. In June 1944 he was returned to Manila by ship and then to Cabanatuan. On the night of January 30, 1945, Gentry and the other prisoners were liberated when Rangers of the United States Army raided Cabanatuan.  Gentry and the other liberated POWs were lead through enemy lines to American lines. Gentry eventually returned to Harrodsburg and he passed away in April 2000.
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Grover Brummett
Grover Brummett

GROVER C. BRUMMETT
Pvt. Grover C. Brummett joined the Kentucky National Guard in Harrodsburg in June of 1940.  During the Battle of Luzon, he is credited with shooting down two Japanese Zeros and a reconnaissance plane. He became a prisoner on April 9, 1942 and began the Death March at Mariveles. It took fourteen days for him to complete the march.  First held at Camp O'Donnell where he worked on the burial detail. He also spent time at Camp 8 and then sent to Manila where he worked as a stevedore loading and unloading 55 gallon drums from ships.  Later sent to Bilibid Prison. Put aboard the Nagato Maru in November 1942 for a 17 day voyage to Japan where he was put to work building a dam at Mitsushima and eventually transferred to a carbide plant. Then transferred to Narumi Camp working to produce wheels for the Nippon Wheel Manufacturing Company and were liberated by American forces on September 4, 1945.  He returned to the United States in late October, 1945. He passed away in February 2002, in Louisville.
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Maurice Wilson
Maurice E. Wilson

MAURICE E. WILSON
Staff Sergeant Maurice E. “Jack” Wilson joined the Harrodsburg unit before it was federalized in 1940. He did not take part in the Louisiana maneuvers because he was hospitalized at Fort Knox with an eye injury. He was finally allowed to rejoin his unit as they prepared for overseas duty.  During the Battle of Bataan, he was reassigned from a tank commander to a mess sergeant because his commanding officer worried that if he got something in his good eye, he would be unable to command his tank.  As a mess sergeant, he attempted to feed the men of D Company with anything he could find.  When the order came for the Filipino and American forces on Bataan to surrender, he and fifteen other members of the company attempted to escape to Australia but instead wound up on Corregidor. He volunteered to go to Ft. Drum and became a member of a gun crew. He was taken prisoner on May 6, 1941 and marched to Bilibid Prison and eventually by train to Cabantuan POW Camp #3. He was sent on a work detail to build runways at Nickols Field and later returned to Bilibid Prison because of illness and eventually back to Cabanatuan.  He was put aboard the Taga Maru sailing for Japan in September 1943 where he worked as a stevedore. His legs were severely injured in a fall while there. He returned to the United States by ship almost four years to the day that he had sailed for the Philippines. He returned to Harrodsburg and wore leg braces for the rest of his life. He passed away on May 2, 1985.
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MORRIS S. COLLIER
Sgt. Maurice Stanland Collier joined the Harrodsburg unit before it was federalized in 1940. He was held prisoner in Cabanatuan and was put aboard the Hell Ship Canadian Inventor and was sent to Japan and worked in coal mining at Omine Machi. He was liberated in September 1945. He died 13 November 1993 in Nicholasville.
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Joe Anness
Joe Anness

JOE ANNESS
Staff Sergeant Joseph Riley Anness, Jr. joined the Harrodsburg unit in 1934. His nephew Elzie Annes was also a member of the unit. At Fort Knox he was assigned to supplies for Company D. He escaped to Corregidor when they learned of the order to surrender. He volunteered to go to Ft. Drum where he was assigned to load the big gun. He was captured on May 6, 1942. He was taken by boat to Manila and eventually to Bilibid Prison and later to sent to Cabanatuan Camp #3. He was on a work detail at Nichols Field. He was later sent to Camp Murphy and again building runways. He was put aboard the Hell Ship Noto Maru and sent to Moji, Japan and on to camp Sendai #6 where he worked in a copper mine belonging to Mitsubishi. He was liberated in September 1945. He remained in the military after World War II and retired as a Staff Sergeant. He died on 1 July 1976.
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JAMES W. DURR
Private James William Durr joined the Harrodsburg National Guard unit sometime before they were federalized in November 1940. He became a Prisoner of War on 9 April 1941 and was on the Death March. He was held at Camp O'Donnell, Cabanatuan #1, and Bilibid Prison. He worked as a laborer in a ship yard in Kawasaki Japan. He died on 25 November 1972.
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Morgan French
Morgan French

MORGAN FRENCH
Sgt. Morgan French was one of the original members of the Harrodsburg unit. His brother Edward was also a member. At Ft. Knox he became the crew chief of the maintenance section of company D. French escaped to Corregidor and Ft. Drum. He was taken prisoner on May 10th 1942. He was taken by boat to an area near Manila and eventually on to Bilibid Prison and Cabanatuan. He was put aboard the Hell Ship Nagato Maru for transport to Japan.  He worked building a dry dock and later in a graphite mine and camps at Tanagawaand and Tsuruga where he worked as a stevedore. He saw the mushroom cloud at Nagasaki from where he was being held. He was officially liberated on September 10, 1945. He eventually returned to Harrodsburg after the war. He remained in the military working as an instructor at Fort Knox until his retirement. French was the last surviving Kentucky National Guardsman from Company D. He died in February 2012.
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Lyle C. Harlow
Lyle C. Harlow

LYLE C. HARLOW
Private Lyle Collins Harlow joined the Harrodsburg National Guard unit sometime before it was activated in November 1940. He became a prisoner of war on 9 April 1942 and was part of the Death March. He was held at POW Camps Camp O'Donnell and Cabanatuan #1 and was later sent to Japan where he worked on the docks as a stevedore and was held at Camp Nagoya #9. He was liberated in September 1945. He died on 12 May 1984.
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Kenneth Mason Hourigan
Kenneth M. Hourigan

KENNETH M. HOURIGAN
Private Kenneth Mason Hourigan joined the Harrodsburg Kentucky National Guard unit sometime before it was activated in November 1940. He heard the order to surrender over the radio in his tank but were able to eventually make their way to Corregidor. He was taken prisoner on May 6 1942 and eventually taken by boat to near Manila and marched to Bilibid Prison and eventually on to Cabanatuan #3. He was later sent to Japan and a camp near Osaka and worked in a steel mill. He was sent to Nagoya #9 and worked as a stevedore on the docks of Iwase. He returned to Harrodsburg and became a police officer.  He passed away on February 19, 2000.
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STANLEY H. KYLER
Private Stanley Hardin Kyler enlisted in the Harrodsburg National Guard unit sometime before the unit was activated in November 1940. He became a prisoner of war on 9 April 1941 and survived the Death March. He was held at Camp O'Donnell, Cabanatuan #1, Bilibid Prison. He was put aboard the Hell Ship Clyde Maru and sent to Moji, Japan and was held at Fukuoka #17. He was liberated in September 1945 and eventually returned to Kentucky and died 15 May 1992.
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William C. Alford
William C. Alford

WILLIAM C. ALFORD
Sergeant William Clinton Alford joined the Harrodsburg National Guard unit in July 1939 at the age of 17. He was assigned to the Battalion Headquarters reconnaissance platoon. He became a prisoner of war on April 9, 1942 and began the Death March at Mariveles. At San Fernando they were put on a train to Capas and was marched to Camp O'Donnell. He was sent on a work detail back to Bataan to cut up scrap metal and six months later to a motor pool in Manila and eventually to Cabanatuan #1. He was put aboard the Hell Ship Canadian Inventor and eventually arrived in Moji, Japan where he was sent to Fukuoka #5 where he worked in a coal mine. Alford arrived in San Francisco on November 2, 1945. He later moved to New York state. He died on January 14, 2006.
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LAURENCE I. MARTIN
Private First Class Lawrence Ira Martin was one of the original members of the 38th Tank Company. After his activation, he was assigned to the Battalion Headquarters in tank maintenance and driving a truck and attended cook's school at Ft. Knox. He was taken prisoner on 10 or 11 April and drove a truck to Mariveles where they were held at the air field. He survived the Death March. At San Fernando he was put on a train to Capas and the final march to Camp O'Donnell where he was a cook. He was sent on a work detail to San Fernando to collect scrap metal. He became ill and was sent to a hospital in Pampang. He was eventually sent to Bilibid Prison in an isolation ward.  He was sent on work details to McKinley Field and Nelson Field and held at Camp Murphy.  He became sicker and was returned to Bilibid.  He was put aboard a ship and sent to Japan, Hiroshima #4 where he worked in the shipyards. He returned to Harrodsburg and was discharged from the army in April, 1946. He died on December 18, 2007.
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William Elwood Blacketer
William E. Blacketer

WILLIAM E. BLACKETER
Private William Elwood Blacketer enlisted in the Harrodsburg National Guard unit sometime before it was activated in November 1940. He was taken prisoner on 9 April 1942 and survived the Death March. He was held at Camp O'Donnell and Cabanatuan. He was put aboard the Hell Ship Nissyo Maru and was sent to Moji, Japan and was held at Oeyama Camp where he worked in a nickel refinery. He was liberated on 2 September 1945.
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Albert B. Moore
Albert B. Moore

ALBERT B. MOORE
Private Albert Bland Moore joined the Harrodsburg National Guard unit sometime before the activation in November 1940. He was transferred to Headquarters Company when it was formed in January 1941. During the attack, Bland was delivering lunch to members of the tank crews at their tanks.  As he drove, his truck was strafed by a Japanese Zero.  He shot down one plane with a machine gun. He was taken prisoner on 9 April 1942 the unit’s trucks were used to move them to Mariveles and survived the Death March. At San Fernando he was put on a train for Capas. From there they marched to Camp O'Donnell. He went out on a work detail and operated a jackhammer. He was later sent to Cabanatuan. He was sent on a work detail to Nelson Field to build runways with picks and shovels. He was later sent to Bilibid Prison.  He was put aboard the Hell Ship Noto Maru and sent to Moji, Japan and was sent to Tanagawa where he worked on the construction of  a dry dock  for submarines. He was later sent to Mukashima Camp and worked in a coal mine.  He was liberated in 1945. He returned to Kentucky after the war. He died on April 27, 2006.
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Marcus A. Lawson
Marcus A. Lawson

MARCUS A. LAWSON
Sergeant Marcus Arnold Lawson was one of the original members of the Harrodsburg National Guard Company. At Ft Knox he was promoted to Corporal and then Sergeant and made a tank commander and instructor. Robert Brooks from Sadieville joined the unit from active duty at Fort Knox and was Lawson’s tank driver. Brooks was killed in the initial attack in the Philippines and Lawson took over his duties. Lawson with others took a boat to Corregidor where he was attached to the Fourth Marine Division. They were taken prisoner and eventually moved to Bilibid Prison outside Manila and then on to Cabanatuan #3 and later Cabanatuan Camp #1.  He was put on the Nagato Maru sailed for Moji, Japan and taken to Tanagawa #4-B working on building a dry dock. He was sent to a Japanese Army Hospital on an experimental detail and given different pills everyday for eight weeks. He was later sent to Osaka #1 where he worked as a stevedore. He was later sent back to Tanagawa #4-B and working on the dry dock. When the war was over he managed to find his way to an American unit. After extensive medical stays at various hospitals and was discharged on November 5, 1946, as a Staff Sergeant. He returned to Kentucky. He suffered vision problems for the rest of his life. He passed away in Florida on August 6, 2005.
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WILLIAM PEAVLER
Private First Class William Peavler joined the Harrodsburg National Guard unit some time before the activation in November 1940. He was taken prisoner on 9 April 1942 and survived the Death March. He was held at Cabanatuan and Bilibid Prison. He worked in sugar cane in Formosa before being sent to Japan aboard the Hell Ship Hokusen Maru and Melbourne Maru to Moji, Japan in January 1945 to Sendai Camp #3 where he worked in lead and zinc mining. He was liberated on 12 September 1945. He died on 4 March 1978.
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John E. Sadler
John E. Sadler 

JOHN E. SADLER
Sergeant John Elmore Sadler joined the Harrodsburg National Guard unit sometime before the activation with his brother Campbell. They escaped Bataan to Corregidor and was sent to the Malanta Tunnel. He later went to Fort Drum. When he was taken prisoner he was eventually sent to Bilibid Prison and on to Cabanatan #1. He was put on a truck to be moved to another camp and was reunited with his brother. He was later returned to Cabanatuan #1 hospital. He was put on the Hell Ship Clyde Maru and sailed to Moji, Japan and Fukuoka #17 where he worked in a coal mine. He ran out of the building he was in and saw a mushroom shaped cloud across the bay over Nagasaki. After a time the men left the camp and made their way to the American troops. He was eventually flown to the Philippines and reunited again with his brother. John Sadler died on September 23, 1968.
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CHARLIE R. QUINN
Sergeant Charles Robert Quinn enlisted in the Harrodsburg National Guard unit some time before the unit was activated in November 1940. He was taken prisoner on 6 May 1942 and was held at Cabanatuan. He was liberated on 31 December 1944 by the U. S. Army Rangers. He died on 8 November 1998 in Crescent City, California.
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William Sparrow
William D. Sparrow

WILLIAM D. SPARROW
Sergeant William D. “Doc” Sparrow, Jr. joined the Harrodsburg National Guard unit some time before the unit was activated in November 1940. When Bataan fell, he escaped to Corrigedor where he was put on beach defense facing Bataan with the attached to the Fourth Marine Division. They were taken prisoner and eventually moved to Bilibid Prison and on to Cabanatuan Camp #3. He was later sent to Cabanatuan Camp #1. He was put aboard the Nagato Maru sailed Moji, Japan and taken to Tanagawa #4-B where he worked building a dry dock. He was later sent to a graphite factory.  He was sent Tsuruga POW Camp on a work detail as stevedores unloading ships. When the POWs were finally liberated, they were returned to the Philippines.  He remained there until it was determined that he was healthy enough to return home to Harrodsburg.  He died on May 5, 1952.
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Field Reed
Field M. Reed, Jr.

FIELD M. REED, JR.
Private First Class Field McLeod Reed, Jr. joined the Harrodsburg tank company sometime before the unit was activated in November 1940. He was a truck driver for the unit and spent four months attempting to deliver ammunition and gasoline to the tanks, with often only an idea where the tanks might be.  He was taken prisoner on April 9, 1942 and made his way to Mariveles where he began the Death March.
A piece of shrapnel wounded Reed during the march from an artillery round fired from Corregidor, in an exchange with Japanese artillery near the march route. He was able to barrow a hidden knife and cut the shrapnel out of his leg. Near San Fernando, Field was bayoneted by a guard and he continued the march bleeding. He was put on a train to Capas and then marched to Camp O'Donnell. He was later sent to Cabanatuan and then on to a work detail to Las Pinas to work on runways at Nichols Field.  Here he received a beating from his captors that resulted in permanent hearing loss. He was later put in a sweatbox for two weeks for breaking a guard’s jaw. He was then returned to Cabanautan. He was still there when the U.S. Army Rangers liberated the prisoners in January 1945 and they made it safely to the American lines. He returned to Harrodsburg.
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GEORGE E. CHUMLEY
Staff Sergeant George Everett Chumley joined the Harrodsburg National Guard unit sometime in the late 1930’s. After the fall of Bataan he made his way to Corregidor in Middleside barracks and later Fort Drum until it was surrendered on May 6, 1942.  He was first sent to Bilibid Prison and later to Cabanatuan working on the camp farm. He was put aboard the Hell Ship Clyde Maru for Moji, and to Fukuoka Camp #17 where he worked in a coal mine where ne nearly lost his foot. After liberation he returned to Harrodsburg.  He died on May 21, 1988.
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Campbell King Sadler
Campbell Sadler 

CAMPBELL K. SADLER
Private Campbell King Sadler enlisted in the Harrodsburg National Guard unit sometime before the unit was activated along with his brother John. It is believed that around the time Bataan fell he made his way to Corregidor. He was taken prisoner on 6 May 1942 and was held at  Bilibid Prison and Cabanatuan. He was put aboard the Hell Ship Noto Maru for Moji, Japan and he was sent to Fukuoka #8. He was liberated in September 1945. He died on 12 November 1972.
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Earl Fowler
Earl Fowler

EARL FOWLER
Private First Class Earl William Fowler enlisted in the Harrodsburg National Guard unit some time before the unit was federalized in November 1940. He was taken prisoner when Corregidor fell on 6 May 1942 and was held at Cabanatuan and Bilibid Prison. He was put aboard a ship and sent to Korea and then Manchuria and the Shenyang Sub-Camp. He was liberated in September 1945 by the Russians. He died on 14 April 2007.
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Ernest L. Sampson Jr
Ernest Sampson, Jr.

ERNEST L. SAMPSON, JR.
Private Ernest Logan Sampson, Jr. enlisted in the Kentucky National Guard sometime before the unit was activated in November 1940. He was taken prisoner on 6 May 1942 when Corregidor fell. He was held at Cabanatuan and was sent to Japan’s Narumi Camp where he worked in wheel manufacturing for the Nippon Wheel Manufacturing Company. He was liberated in September 1945. He died on 1 December 2001.
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LONNIE L. GRAY
Private Lonnie Lee Gray joined the Harrodsburg National Guard some time before the unit was activated in November 1940. He was taken prisoner on 9 April 1942 and survived the Death March. He was held at Camp O'Donnell, Cabanatuan and Bilibid Prison. He was sent to Japan and Shinjuku Camp #1. He was liberated on September 1945. He died on 10 April 1987.
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Cecil Sims
Cecil J. Sims

CECIL J. SIMS
Private First Class Cecil J. Sims enlisted in the Harrodsburg National Guard unit some time before the unit was activated in November 1940. He was taken prisoner on 9 April 1942 and survived the Death March. He was held at Camp O'Donnell and Cabanatuan. He was put aboard the Hell Ship Nissyo Maru and sent to Moji, Japan and eventually sent to Fukuoka Camp #4 where he worked as a stevedore loading ships and trains. He was liberated on 13 September 1945. He was discharged in July 1946. He returned to Harrodsburg and was an eighth grade teacher at McAffee Grade School there. He died on 21 August 1990.
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Charles Reed
Charles E. Reed

CHARLES E. REED
Private First Class Charles Edmond Reed enlisted in the Harrodsburg National Guard some time before the unit was activated in November 1940. He was trained as a tank driver. He was taken prisoner on 9 April 1942 and survived the Death March. He was held at Camp O'Donnell and Calauan where he worked on a bridge building detail. He was also held at Cabanatuan and Bilibid Prison. He was put aboard the Hell Ship Taga Maru for Moji, Japan and was taken to Niigata 5-B where he worked as a stevedore. He died on 11 August 1967.
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REID SHEWMAKER
Private Ried Shewmaker enlisted in the Harrodsburg National Guard unite sometime before the unit was activated in November 1940. He was taken prisoner 9 April 1942 and survived the Death March. He was held at Cabanatuan, and Davao where he worked an experimental farm. He was also held at Bilibid Prison. He was put aboard a Hell Ship Yashu Maru and Teiryo Maru. He was sent to Cebu City, Mindano and eventually back to Manilla and then Bilibid Prison where he was liberated on 5 February 1945 by the 148th Infantry Regiment. He died on 1 September 1983.
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Garratt G. Royalty
Garratt G. Royalty

GARRATT G. ROYALTY
Private First Class Garratt Gilbert Royalty joined the Harrodsburg National Guard unit some time before it was activated in November 1940. He was taken prisoner on April 9, 1942. He survived the Death March from Mariveles to San Fernando where he was put on a train to Capas for the final march to Camp O'Donnell. He went out on work details to rebuild bridges. He was later sent to Cabanatuan where he was on the farm detail. He was later taken to Bilibid Prison for medical treatment and eventually returned to Cabanatuan. He was liberated by American Rangers on January 30, 1945.  He returned to Harrodsburg, after the war. He died in January, 1985.
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Marvin D. Taylor
Marvin D. Taylor 

MARVIN D. TAYLOR
Private Marvin Dexter Taylor enlisted in the Harrodsburg National Guard unit sometime before it was activated in September 1940. He was taken prisoner on 9 April 1942. He was held at Camp O'Donnell, Cabanatuan where he worked in the Manila Port Area Detail. He was sent to Kamioka POW Camp in Japan and was liberated in September 1945. He died on 27 August 1947.
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JUDSON D. SIMPSON
Sergeant Judson David Simpson joined the Harrodsburg National Guard unit at before it was activated in November 1940. Judson was awarded the Silver Star for his actions during the defense of Bataan. He was wounded in action and awarded the Purple Heart. He was taken prisoner in April 1942 and survived the Death March. He was held at Camp O'Donnell and Cabanatuan.  He was later sent by ship to Korea and by train to Manchuria and Shenyang Camp where he was liberated by the Russian Army in September 1945. He died on November 19, 1980.
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Cecil Vandiver
Cecil R. Vandiver

CECIL R. VANDIVER
Private Cecil Raymond Vandiver joined the Harrodsburg National Guard unit in 1939. He was assigned as a cook in Headquarters Company. On April 9, 1942 he was taken prisoner. He survived the Death March. At San Fernando they were loaded into steel boxcars to Capas and then the final march to Camp O'Donnell. He was later sent to Cabanatuan #1 and was on a work detail to rebuild bridges. He was later put on a Hell Ship bound for Korea but was turned around because of suspected submarine activity. They remained in the ships for days before setting sail again. They finally arrived at Puson where they were put on a train for Manchuria. At Mukden he unloaded sacks of cement and coal.  He later worked in a steel mill. He eventually returned to Harrodsburg after the war. He died on 27 October 1999.
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Ralph Stine
Ralph L. Stine

RALPH L. STINE
Private First Class Ralph Lee Stine joined the Harrodsburg National Guard unit on December 5, 1939. He was taken prisoner in Mariveles on April 9, 1942. He was in a field hospital but was not moved for some two months when he was sent to Manila and worked on building runways. He was sent to Formosa on the hell ship Hokusen Maru and was held at Toroku Camp.  He was later sent Japan on the Melbourne Maru and was held at a camp near Kobi where he worked in a steel mill. He was later sent to Osaka and Maibara #10-B.  He was liberated in September 1945. He eventually returned to Harrodsburg.  He died on 4 March 2003.
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Grover Whittinghill
Grover D. Whittinghill

GROVER D. WHITTINGHILL
Private Grover David Whittinghill enlisted in the Harrodsburg National Guard unit sometime before they were activated in November 1941. He was taken prisoner on 9 April 1942. He was held at Camp O'Donnell and Cabanatuan. He was later sent to Formosa and eventually Japan’s Sendai Camp #3. He was liberated in September 1945. He died on 7 June 1980.
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LUCIEN F. YANKEY
Private Lucian F. Yankey enlisted in the Harrodsburg National Guard unit some time before they were activated in November 1940. He was taken prisoner on 9 April 1942 and survived the Death March. He was held at Camp O'Donnell and Cabanatuan and was on Formosa at Karenko and Shirakawa. He was later sent to Hoten in Manchuria. He was liberated by the Russians in September 1945. He died on May 28, 1967.
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