S/Sgt. Eugene R. Barnes was a member of C Company, 194th Tank Battalion. In September 1941, his tank battalion was sent to the Philippine Islands. On December 8, 1941, just ten hours after Pearl Harbor was attacked, he lived through the Japanese attack on Clark Airfield.
From December 1941 until April 9, 1942, he fought to slow the conquest of the Philippines by the Japanese. On April 9th, he became a Prisoner of War when Bataan was surrendered to the Japanese. He took part in the Death March and was held as a POW at Camp O'Donnell, Cabanatuan, and Bilibid Prison. He was sent to Japan on a "hell ship" and held at Fukuoka #4.
Barnes was liberated in September 1945 and returned to Salinas, California, where he died from polio.
Proviso East High School Bataan Commemorative Research Project
Many thanks to JimO for creating my uncle Eugene's memorial page and for being gracious in transferring the memorial to me.
Johnnie Lou Reynolds Reeder
1932–1992 (m. 1952)