|Birth: ||Nov. 11, 1918|
|Death: ||Dec. 15, 1944|
Central Luzon, Philippines
Pvt. Bernard W. Johnson joined the 192nd Tank Battalion from the 753rd Tank Battalion. He was assigned to B Company. He took part in some of the first tank battles of World War II involving American tanks. He became a Prisoner of War when Bataan was surrendered to the Japanese.
As a POW he was held at Camp O'Donnell, Cabanatuan, and Bilibid Prison. In December 1944, he was boarded onto the Oryoku Maru for transport to Japan. The ship sailed on December 13th and came under attack from American planes on December 14th. As evening approached, the attack was called off. The next day the planes returned and continued the attack. When the pilots saw the large number of men climbing from the ship’s holds, they realized the ship was carrying POWs and called off the attack. After the POWs were off the ship, the attack resumed and the ship was sunk by American planes at Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, on December 15, 1944. Johnson was killed in the attack on the ship.
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Proviso East High School Bataan Commemorative Research Project
Florence E. Johnson (1920 - 1990)*
Note: Entered the service from Ohio.
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
National Capital Region, Philippines
Maintained by: JimO
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
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