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William Elwood Blacketer

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William Elwood Blacketer Veteran

Birth
Mackville, Washington County, Kentucky, USA
Death
unknown
Burial
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William E. Blacketer was a member of D Company, 192nd Tank Battalion. He was reassigned to HQ Company at Fort Knox, Kentucky. After nearly a year of training, his battalion was sent to the Philippine Islands.
Ten hours after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he lived through the Japanese attack on Clark Airfield. For four months his battalion fought to slow Japan's conquest of the Philippines. On April 9, 1942, he became a Prisoner of War and took part in the death march from Bataan.
As a POW he was held at Camp O'Donnell and Cabanatuan in the Philippines. He was later sent to Japan and held at Yodagawa and Oeyama POW Camps until liberated.
After the war William's life was not easy. He simply disappeared and was never heard from again by his family.

William E. Blacketer was a member of D Company, 192nd Tank Battalion. He was reassigned to HQ Company at Fort Knox, Kentucky. After nearly a year of training, his battalion was sent to the Philippine Islands.
Ten hours after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he lived through the Japanese attack on Clark Airfield. For four months his battalion fought to slow Japan's conquest of the Philippines. On April 9, 1942, he became a Prisoner of War and took part in the death march from Bataan.
As a POW he was held at Camp O'Donnell and Cabanatuan in the Philippines. He was later sent to Japan and held at Yodagawa and Oeyama POW Camps until liberated.
After the war William's life was not easy. He simply disappeared and was never heard from again by his family.



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