|Birth: ||May 6, 1919|
|Death: ||Oct. 24, 1944|
Pvt. Fay Baldon was a Wisconsin National Guardsman inducted into the U.S. Army in November 1940. He was sent to Fort Knox, Kentucky for his basic training. His tank company was designated as A Company, 192nd Tank Battalion.
He was sent to the Philippine Islands where he fought in some of the first tank battles of WWII involving American tanks. When Bataan surrendered to the Japanese, he became a Prisoner of War. He took part in the death march from Mariveles to San Fernando. He was held at Camp O'Donnell and Cabanatuan POW Camps.
On October 10, 1944, he was boarded onto the Arisan Maru. A Japanese "Hell Ship". The POWs were held in the holds for eleven days until the ship sailed for Formosa. On October 24, 1944, in the late afternoon, the ship was hit by two torpedos from an American submarine. The Japanese refused to rescue the POWs as the ship sank. Of the 1803 POWs on the ship, only nine survived the sinking.
It should be noted his twin brother, Ray, also was a member of his tank company and died as a POW.
For more information, go to:
Proviso East High School Bataan Commemorative Research Project
Note: Entered the service from Wisconsin.
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
National Capital, Philippines
Maintained by: JimO
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56780996
Added: Feb. 26, 2012
Fay was born 06 May 1919. He is a twin to Ray Baldon.|
Susanna Parrish Allen
Added: May. 14, 2008