Pvt. Harvey Emmet Logue
Pvt. Harvey E. Logue was that he was born in 1915 to
Michael T. Logue and Rosie May Little-Logue in Kellyville, Oklahoma.
He was one of the
couples six children. Sometime during the 1920s, both of Harvey's
parents died, and he and
his three younger siblings were put in an orphanage.
Harvey was inducted into the U.S. Army on March 19, 1941 in Oklahoma City . He was sent to Fort Knox, Kentucky for basic training. He then was sent Camp Polk, Louisiana where he became a member of the 753rd Tank Battalion. At this time, maneuvers were taking place in Louisiana. After these maneuvers, the 192nd Tank Battalion was sent to Camp Polk. It was there in the fall of 1941 that Harvey volunteered to become a member of the 192nd Tank Battalion. The battalion was looking for replacements for National Guardsmen who had been released from federal service. He was assigned to HQ Company.
Traveling west by train Harvey arrived at San Francisco. There he was ferried to Angel Island. It was from there that Harvey and the 192nd sailed for the Philippine Islands.
Arriving in Manila, the 192nd was taken by train to Ft. Stostenburg. The members of the battalion spent the next two weeks preparing for maneuvers.
The morning of December 8, 1941, Harvey and the other soldiers learned of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. After lunch, the soldiers watched as aircraft approached Clark Airfield. It was only when bombs began exploding that they knew the planes were Japanese.
For the next four months, Harvey and the rest of HQ Company worked to keep the letter companies of he battalion supplied with food, ammunition and gasoline. On April 9, 1942, the American forces on Bataan were surrendered to the Japanese.
Word reached Harvey and the other members of HQ Company that the order had been given to surrender the morning of April 9, 1942. That morning they were suppose to join up with other troops and surrender together. Harvey and the other men took their ammunition and weapons and put them in piles in the last tank and half-track they had. They poured gasoline into the tank and on the half track. Both were set on fire.
Captain Bruni took the men of HQ Company into the jungle near their camp site and fed them what would become their last supper. It consisted of Pineapple juice and bread. It was on this day that Harvey became a Prisoner Of War. Bruni told the men, as they ate, that it was now every man for himself.
Two days later, the first Japanese troops made their way into HQ Company's bivouac. The Japanese officer in charge ordered the Americans out onto the road that ran past their encampment. Once on the road, the Americans were ordered to kneel along the shoulders of the road with their possessions on the ground in front of them. As they knelt, the Japanese troops passing them took whatever they wanted from the Americans.
HQ Company boarded trucks and drove to Mariveles. At Mariveles the POWs were herded onto the airfield, the POWs were lined up for an inspection. The Japanese took the prisoners' jewelry and other items that had any meaning to them.
As the soldiers stood facing the Japanese guards, a line of Japanese soldiers began to form under the command of a sergeant. It appeared that the Japanese were going to execute the prisoners. A car pulled up and out of the car climbed a Japanese officer, the officer gave orders to the sergeant in charge of the soldiers that they were not to kill the POWs. After doing this, he got back into the car and it drove off. The Japanese lowered their guns.
Harvey and the other POWs were ordered to move to a school yard where they were made to kneel in the sun without food or water. They soon realized that behind them were Japanese artillery firing on Corregidor. The American guns on the island began returning fire. Shells from the American guns began landing around the POWs. The men had no place to hide and several were killed. Three of the four Japanese guns were also destroyed.
It was from Mariveles, late in the afternoon, that Harvey began what would later become known as the Bataan Death March. Harvey most likely took Capt. Bruni's words to heart that it was now every man for himself. It is believed that while on the death march, he escaped into the jungle.
This part of Harvey's life is very skimpy. What is known is that Harvey became a guerrilla and continued to fight the Japanese. Where he fought and with whom he fought is unknown. What is known is that he was captured by the Japanese a little over a year later on May 12, 1943.
Having fought as a guerilla, it is very likely that he was tortured during his time in captivity. It is known that he was transported by the Japanese to San Fernando. It was from this barrio that he escaped on May 25, 1943.
Pvt. Harvey E. Logue was never heard of again. It is believed that he was killed while fighting the Japanese. On February 1, 1946, he was officially declared dead by the U. S. Army. Since his final resting place is unknown, Pvt. Harvey E. Logue's name appears on the Tablets of the Missing at the American Military Cemetery outside of Manila.