Sgt Theodore William Hendon


Sgt Theodore William Hendon

Hoxie, Lawrence County, Arkansas, USA
Death 21 Jul 1942 (aged 23)
Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija Province, Central Luzon, Philippines
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot 1634
Memorial ID 56782946 View Source
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Son of John R. Hendon and Dollie Brown.

Sgt. Hendon died after the infamous Bataan Death March.

From US Army files: Pvt. Theodore William Hendon
Born: 4 August 1918 - Arkansas
Parents: John R. Hendon & Dollie Brown* (*corrected from original info)
Siblings: 4 sisters, 2 brothers
Hometown: Hoxie, Arkansas
- resided in Marked Tree, Washington
Enlisted: Washington National Guard
Inducted: U. S. Army, 10 February 1941 - Tacoma, Washington
Training: Fort Lewis, Washington
Units: 194th Tank Battalion
Overseas Duty: Philippine Islands
Engagements: Battle of Luzon, Battle of Bataan
Prisoner of War: 9 April 1942, - Death March - started march at Mariveles at southern tip of Bataan - POWs ran past Japanese artillery firing on Corregidor - San Fernando - POWs put into small wooden boxcars - boxcars could hold eight horses or forty men - 100 POWs put into each car - those who died remained standing - POWs leave boxcars at Capas - dead fall out of cars - POWs walk last ten miles to Camp O'Donnell
POW Camps: Philippine Islands: Camp O'Donnell
- unfinished Filipino training base
- Japanese put camp into use as POW Camp
- only one water spiget for entire camp
- as many as 50 POWs died each day
- Japanese opened new POW camp to lower death rate
- Cabanatuan #1
Died: 21 July 1942 - diphtheria
- Approximate time of death - 8:00 AM
- Tablets of the Missing - American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands

For more info on Sgt. Hendon's military, please see: No. #20956906
Induction Date: 02/10/1941
Company A, 194th Tank Battalion

NARA War Department records list this soldiers Home of Record as Pierce County, Washington...Died Non-Battle.

The Cabanatuan Memorial is located 85 miles north of Manila, within the city of Cabanatuan, Luzon, and Republic of the Philippines. It marks the site of the Japanese Cabanatuan Prisoner of War Camp where approximately 75,000 American and Philippine servicemen and civilians were held captive from 1942 to 1945, after the fall of the Philippine Island during World War II.
The memorial consists of a 90-foot concrete base in the center of which rests a marble altar. It is surrounded on three sides by a fence of steel rods and on the fourth by a
Wall of Honor upon which are inscribed the names of the approximately 3,000 Americans who lost their lives while being held captive. Co-located on the site are the West Point Monument, which pays homage to the 170 American and 6 Filipino graduates of the U.S. Military Academy who lost their lives during the defense of the Philippines or while prisoner of war at Cabanatuan and the Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor (a Filipino veterans organization) memorial which salutes their American fallen comrades.



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  • Maintained by: E W Hendon
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56782946
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Theodore William Hendon (4 Aug 1918–21 Jul 1942), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56782946, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by E W Hendon (contributor 46851658) .