Sgt. Donald Kenneth Semrow


Born:  4 January 1922 - Janesville, Wisconsin
Parents: George P. Semrow & Alice L. McPherson-Semrow
     - father died while Donald was a child
     - mother died when he was 17
     - Donald and his brother, Bruce, were taken in by William & Marjorie Goselin
Siblings: 2 sisters, 4 brothers
Home:  305 South Pearl Street - Janesville, Wisconsin
     - Note: Donald gave his home address while a POW as:
         - 191 West Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Occupation: janitor
Enlisted: Wisconsin National Guard
Inducted:
    - U.S. Army
        - 25 November 1940
Training:
    - Fort Knox, Kentucky
    - Camp Polk, Louisiana
        - 192nd Tank Battalion took part in the Louisiana maneuvers of 1941
Overseas Duty:
    - Ft. Stotsenburg, Philippine Islands
        - 192nd arrived in Philippines on Thanksgiving Day, 1941
Engagements:
    - Battle of Luzon
         - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942
    - Battle of Bataan
         - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942
             - A Company was last military unit to enter Bataan
Prisoner of War:
    - 9 April 1941
        - 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:
    - 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 Cabanatuan in attempt to lower death rate among POWs
            - Claude was too ill to be sent to the camp
Died:
    - 22 July 1942 - dysentery & malaria
Buried:
    - Camp O'Donnell Cemetery
Reburied:
    - American Military Cemetery - Manila, Philippine Islands
        - Plot:  N   Row:  13   Grave:  91

 

 

 

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