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John Patrick Cahill
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Birth: Oct. 6, 1916
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Oct. 20, 1992
Niles
Cook County
Illinois, USA

John P. Cahill joined the Illinois National Guard with his brother, Jim. The National Guard tank company became B Company, 192nd Tank Battalion on September 1, 1940.
In October 1941, his tank battalion was sent to the Philippine Islands arriving seventeen days before Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese.
John lived through the Japanese attack on Clark Airfield on December 8, 1941, just ten hours after Pearl Harbor was attacked.
On December 22, 1941, at Lingayen Gulf, John's tank platoon fought the first tank battle of WWII involving American tanks. He was member of 2nd Lt. Ben Morin's tank crew. His tank was disabled by the Japanese. It was at this time that he and the other crew members became Prisoners of War.
In July 1942, his tank crew was reunited with the other members of B Company at Cabanatuan POW Camp. It was there that John learned his brother, Jim, had been Killed in Action on Bataan. The next morning, at assembly, he refused to salute the Japanese flag as required. This resulted in his being beaten by the Japanese. For the next 38 months, John was beaten each morning for not saluting the Japanese flag. The Japanese were never able to get John to salute their flag.
John was liberated and returned to Chicago. He was living in the Chicago area when he died.

For more information, go to:
Proviso East High School Bataan Commemorative Research Project

 
 
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Record added: Sep 10, 2012
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John Patrick Cahill
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