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 John D Brown

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John D Brown

Birth
Hancock County, Kentucky, USA
Death
31 Jan 1978 (aged 59)
Kentucky, USA
Burial
Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID
149669173 View Source

John D. Brown was a member of the 17th Ordnance Company. His unit’s job was to service the tanks of the Provisional Tank Group. He was stationed in the Philippine Islands when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and 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 when Bataan was surrendered to the Japanese. He took part in the death march from Bataan. At San Fernando, the POWs were packed into small wooden boxcars used to haul sugarcane. Each car could hold 40 men. The Japanese packed 100 POWs into each car. At Caps, the living climbed out of the cars. Those POWs who had died during the trip fell to the floor as the living left the cars. The POW walked the last ten miles to Camp O’Donnell.
As a POW he was held at Camp O’Donnell and Cabanatuan. He was sent to Japan on a transport and held at Nagoya #9-B and remained in a POW camp until liberated.

John D. Brown was a member of the 17th Ordnance Company. His unit’s job was to service the tanks of the Provisional Tank Group. He was stationed in the Philippine Islands when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and 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 when Bataan was surrendered to the Japanese. He took part in the death march from Bataan. At San Fernando, the POWs were packed into small wooden boxcars used to haul sugarcane. Each car could hold 40 men. The Japanese packed 100 POWs into each car. At Caps, the living climbed out of the cars. Those POWs who had died during the trip fell to the floor as the living left the cars. The POW walked the last ten miles to Camp O’Donnell.
As a POW he was held at Camp O’Donnell and Cabanatuan. He was sent to Japan on a transport and held at Nagoya #9-B and remained in a POW camp until liberated.

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  • Maintained by: philip minix
  • Originally Created by: JimO
  • Added: 22 Jul 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 149669173
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/149669173/john-d-brown: accessed ), memorial page for John D Brown (9 Dec 1918–31 Jan 1978), Find a Grave Memorial ID 149669173, citing Owensboro Memorial Gardens, Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky, USA; Maintained by philip minix (contributor 50750279).