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Lee J "Jack" Gardner
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Birth: Sep. 9, 1921
Throckmorton County
Texas, USA
Death: Mar. 24, 1997
Sun City
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA

Jack was the first of John Martin Gardner and Lela Bell Lee Whitmire Gardner's children, born on his grandfather Lee's place in Throckmorton County, Texas. Jack joined the New Mexico National Guard in Deming, Luna County in 1941, he was in the 200th Coast Artillary Squad. He was in Fort Bliss, Texas for training and while there the 200th was federalized into the U.S. Army. In Sept 1941, he was sent to the Philipines. Jack was captured by the Japanese at Corregidor and taken back to Bataan. He was held at Camp O'Donald and Cabanatuar. He and 1202 American prisoners of war were loaded on board the first "Hell Ship" on 8 Oct, 1942 , the Tattori-Maru and shipped to Korea then by train to Mukden, Manchuria where he worked in a factory. He was there 3 and 1/2 years and was liberated in Aug 1945. he was sent to the states and hospitalized in California and Texas until he was honorably discharged in 1946.
(He was awarded the Baatan Meta in 1946)
(He received the Bronze Star and POW Medal in 1985 along with the Presidential Unit Citation and 2oak leaf clusters and the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation and Philippine Liberation Medal.)
Jack farmed, worked at El Paso Natural Co. near Deming and at Corona, New Mexico. He worked for General Electric in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was an Electronic Technician at Ebeline Instrument Corporation in Albuquerque and Software Inc. at Edward Air Force Base, Californina. In 1968, because of ill health he had to retire and he came back to New Mexico and in 1981 moved to Sun City, Arizona where he lived the rest of his life. Jack was married five times,
Ruby Williams, Patricia Imogene 'Patsy' Woolley, Patrica "Pat" Keenan, Leota Giron Ingraham, and Marie Miller. He is survived by two children and several grandchildren. 
 
Burial:
Fort Bayard National Cemetery
Fort Bayard
Grant County
New Mexico, USA
Plot: SECTION A ROW R SITE 5
 
Created by: Kat
Record added: Nov 19, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31542469
Lee J Jack Gardner
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Lee J Jack Gardner
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Lee J Jack Gardner
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- Jean Wallace
 Added: Aug. 27, 2012
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.24675/audio?ID=sr0001001---Link to a voice transcript of his military service By his son Joe Melvin Gardner.
- Bill Wallace
 Added: Aug. 27, 2012
Always remembered, never forgotten, you earned your rest...
- Kat
 Added: Nov. 19, 2008
 
 
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