|Birth: ||Oct. 25, 1910|
|Death: ||Feb. 3, 1945|
1st. Lt. William L. Cockrum went to the Philippine Islands as a member of the 194th Tank Battalion. He commanded a tank platoon. On December 8, 1941, ten hours after Pearl Harbor, he lived through the Japanese attack on Clark Airfield. He fought the Japanese until April 9, 1942, when he became a Prisoner of War. he took part in what has become known as the Bataan Death March and was held as a POW at Camp O'Donnell and Cabanatuan. He was boarded onto the Oryoku Maru which was sunk in Lingayen Gulf off the Philippine Islands. He survived the sinking and put on a second transport, the Enoura Maru. The ship made it safely to Formosa, but while in dock, it was attacked and bombed by American planes. He was put on a third ship, the Brazil Maru, which reached Moji, Japan.
Since he had been wounded, he was taken to a POW hospital in Moji, Japan, where he died.
His family had his remains returned home after the war.
His headstone indicates that he was a member of the 194th Tank Battalion, but military records indicate that he had been transferred to the 192nd Tank Battalion in the Philippine Islands.
For more information, go to:
Proviso East High School Bataan Commemorative Research Project
Created by: JimO
Record added: Jan 03, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 82900822
Added: Jan. 3, 2012