May 5 Anniversary – Aguero – Gheen – Sparrow
Editors Note: This year, we will be making a special effort to remember each and every known member of the 192nd Tank Battalion. As part of that remembrance, we will list each day the members who were killed or died on that date, along with links for additional information as available. We look forward to your comments.
May 5, 1942
Pvt. Eduardo R. Aguero (D)
Pvt. Aguero was killed in action on this date in 1942 on Corregidor defending the island from Japanese invaders. Buried as an unknown, his name is on the Tablets of the Missing.
Learn more about Pvt. Aguero here: http://bataanproject.com/Aguero_E.html
Pvt. Raymond F. Gheen (C)
Pvt. Raymond F. Gheen survived the Death March, and the Capas Boxcars. He was among the first of the 192nd to die of dysentery in Camp O’Donnell POW prison camp. He died on this date in 1942. He was buried in the Camp cemetery, but his remains were later recovered and he is buried in the Manila American Cemetery.
Learn more about Pvt. Gheen here: http://bataanproject.com/Gheen.html
May 5, 1952
Sgt. William D. Sparrow (D)
Known as “Doc” to his friends, Sgt. Sparrow escaped to Corregidor on April 9, 1942, where he was attached to the 4th Marine Division and guarded a beach that faced Bataan. When Corregidor was surrendered on May 6, 1942, Doc was taken prisoner. He would spend time in POW camps in the Philippines and eventually be sent via Hell Ship to Japan where he worked as a slave laborer. He died on this date in 1952 in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, less than 7 years after being liberated from Japan.
Read more about Sgt. “Doc’ Sparrow here: http://bataanproject.com/Sparrow.html