Pvt. Norman A. Paul


Born: 15 April 1913 - Hoard Township, Clark County, Wisconsin

Parents: Robert Paul & Mary Bremer-Paul

Siblings: 2 sisters, 5 brothers

Occupation: trucker

Inducted:

    - U. S. Army

        - 7 April 1941 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Training: 

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

        - assigned to A Company because he was from Wisconsin 

    - Camp Polk, Louisiana

        - took part in maneuvers of 1941 

Overseas Duty:

    - Philippine Islands

Engagements:

    - Battle of Luzon

        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942

    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942

           - A Company wiped out a Japanese Bicycle Battalion that rode into its bivouac at night

           - the company had bivouacked on both sides of a road

           - a noise was heard - the tankers grabbed tommy-guns and stood behind their tanks

           - as they watched the bicycle battalion rode into their bivouac 

           - the tankers opened up with everything they had

           - when they ceased fire, the entire battalion had been wiped out 

Prisoner of War: 

    - 9 April 1942

        - Death March

            - Mariveles - POWs start march at southern tip of Bataan
            - POWs ran past Japanese artillery firing at Corregidor
                - Americans on Corregidor returned fire
            - San Fernando - POWs put into small wooden boxcars
                - each boxcar could hold eight horses or forty men
                - 100 POWs packed into each car
                - POWs who died remained standing
            - Capas - dead fell to floor as living left boxcars
            - POWs walked 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 spigot for entire camp
            - as many as 50 POWs died each day
            - Japanese opened new POW camp to lower death rate
 

        - Cabanatuan

        - Port Area Detail - Manila

            - POWs loaded and unloaded ships

                - POWs fed well 

            - they sabotaged as many things as they could

    - Japan: 

        - Nagoya #7-B

            - Work: zinc & lead mining

Hell Ship: 

    - Nissyo Maru

        - Sailed: Manila - 6 July 1944

        - Arrived: Takao Formosa - 17 July 1944

        - Sailed: Takao - 28 July 1944

        - Arrived: Moji, Japan - 3 August 1944

Died:

    - 24 July 1945 - chronic bronchitis

        - Remains cremated and given to camp commandant 

Buried:

    - Ft. Snelling National Cemetery - Minneapolis, Minnesota

        - 23 November 1948 

            - Section: C-25   Site: 14284 


 

 

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