|Birth: ||Jun., 1917|
North Dakota, USA
|Death: ||May 1, 1942, Philippines|
Technician Fourth Class, U.S. Army
Service # 37025583
194th Tank Battalion
Robert Cox was a member of HQ Company, 194th Tank Battalion. He was stationed in the Philippine Islands when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and lived through the Japanese attack on Clark Airfield. For four months, his battalion fought to slow Japan’s conquest of the Philippines.
On April 9, 1942, he became a Prisoner of War when Bataan was surrendered to the Japanese. He took part in the death march from Bataan. At San Fernando, the POWs were packed into small wooden boxcars used to haul sugarcane. Each car could hold 40 men. The Japanese packed 100 POWs into each car. At Caps, the living climbed out of the cars. Those POWs who had died during the trip fell to the floor as the living left the cars. The POWs walked the last ten miles to Camp O’Donnell. As a POW, he was held at Camp O’Donnell. It was there that he became ill and died from disease.
Note: Entered the service from North Dakota.
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot: Plot F Row 9 Grave 106
Maintained by: South Africa War Graves ...
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56787560