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.
January 15, 1942
Pvt James A. Cahill (B)
Pvt. James A. Cahill was killed in action. While taking evasive action due to strafing by a Japanese plane, Cahill dove into a foxhole. His handgun discharged into his abdomen. He died on January 15, 1942. His remains are in the Manila American Cemetery.
Learn more here: http://bataanproject.com/Cahill.html
January 15, 1945
2nd Lt. Donald A. Bertrand (C)
S/Sgt Howard I. Massey Sr. (MD)
Sgt. John J. Morine (C)
Sgt. John J. Morine, 2nd Lt. Donald A. Bertrand and S/Sgt Howard I. Massey Sr. died on this date in 1945. Both Bertrand and Massey had been on the hell ship Enoura Maru when it was attacked and sunk on January 9, 1945. Records are not clear on S/Sgt Massey’s date of death, but most records indicate he and Lt. Bertrand died later, on January 15, 1945. Sgt Massey died of dysentery while still in the harbor at Takao, Formosa, where he was buried with 300 other POWs and Lt. Bertrand died of dysentery while onboard the hell ship Brazil Maru. Lt. Betrand’s remains were buried at sea and Sgt. Massey’s remains were never identified. They are both listed on the Tablets of the Missing in the Manila American Cemetery.
Sgt. Morine was already in a POW camp in Formosa. He died of dysentery on January 15, 1945 and was buried in Formosa. After the war, Morine’s family requested the return of his remains and he was buried in Sandusky, Ohio.
Learn more about Lt. Bertrand here: http://bataanproject.com/Bertrand.html
Learn more about S/Sgt. Massey here: http://bataanproject.com/Massey_H.html
Learn more about Sgt. Morine here: http://bataanproject.com/Morine.html
January 15, 1950
Pvt. Boyd A. Riese (A)
Pvt. Boyd A. Riese survived the Death March, POW camps and hell ships. He was in a POW camp 60 miles from Nagasaki when the atom bomb was dropped there and the ground shook. He survived the war, but died in 1950 from a bacterial infection that he is believed to have contracted while a POW.
Learn more about Pvt. Rieses here: http://bataanproject.com/Riese_B.html
January 15, 1993
Pvt. Lester O. Watson (HQ)
Pvt. Watson survived the Death March, hell ships and slave labor in Japan. He was rescued and returned to civilian life. He passed away on this date in 1993 in Oak Park, Illinois.
Learn more about Pvt. Watson here: http://bataanproject.com/Watson_L.html