Sgt Harold E Lee

Sgt Harold E Lee

Birth
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 30 Nov 1942 (aged 29)
Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija Province, Central Luzon, Philippines
Burial
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San Bruno, San Mateo County, California, USA
Plot SECTION H, SITE 1460
Memorial ID 3600265 · View Source
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Harold Lee was a California National Guardsman called to federal service as a member of C Company, 194th 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.
He took part in the death march from Mariveles to Capas. There, 100 POWs were packed into small wooden boxcars that could hold 40 men or 8 horses. At San Fernando, the living left the boxcars and those who had died fell to the floor. The POWs walked the final miles to Camp O’Donnell.
As a POW, he was held at Camp O’Donnell and Cabanatuan in the Philippines. He was boarded on a Japanese transport for Korea. According to records he died after arriving in Korea. His remains were cremated and sent to Manchuria. After the war, his remains were buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California.


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  • Maintained by: JimO
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 3 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3600265
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Harold E Lee (13 Jul 1913–30 Nov 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3600265, citing Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, San Mateo County, California, USA ; Maintained by JimO (contributor 46874118) .