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 Reid Thompson Shewmaker

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Reid Thompson Shewmaker

Birth
Washington County, Kentucky, USA
Death
1 Sep 1983 (aged 69)
Fayette County, Kentucky, USA
Burial
Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID
145594291 View Source

Reid Shewmaker was a member D Company, 192nd Tank Battalion. He was stationed in the Philippine Islands when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Ten hours later, he lived through the bombing of Clark Airfield. For four months, he fought, with the other soldiers on Bataan, to slow Japan’s conquest of the Philippines. Without food, without adequate supplies, and no hope of being relieved, he became a Prisoner of War on April 9, 1942, when Bataan was surrendered to the Japanese.
As a POW, he was held at Camp O’Donnell and Cabanatuan in the Philippines. He was later sent to Bilibid Prison near Manila. While POWs were transported to Japan, he remained behind because he was considered to ill to be transported. On February 4, 1945, he was liberated at Bilibid Prison by American forces.
Reid Shewmaker returned to Kentucky, married, and became a father.

Reid Shewmaker was a member D Company, 192nd Tank Battalion. He was stationed in the Philippine Islands when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Ten hours later, he lived through the bombing of Clark Airfield. For four months, he fought, with the other soldiers on Bataan, to slow Japan’s conquest of the Philippines. Without food, without adequate supplies, and no hope of being relieved, he became a Prisoner of War on April 9, 1942, when Bataan was surrendered to the Japanese.
As a POW, he was held at Camp O’Donnell and Cabanatuan in the Philippines. He was later sent to Bilibid Prison near Manila. While POWs were transported to Japan, he remained behind because he was considered to ill to be transported. On February 4, 1945, he was liberated at Bilibid Prison by American forces.
Reid Shewmaker returned to Kentucky, married, and became a father.


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