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Oral History Interview with Abel Ortega, July 15, 2002

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Abel Ortega. Ortega was drafted into the Army in March, 1941 and was in the Philippines by November. Ortega was with a tank battalion on Luzon and recalls the retreat to and subsequent surrender on Bataan. Ortega also recalls how his Christian faith served him, and others around him, during captivity. He describes his experiences on the Bataan Death March. Ortega remained in the Philippines for over two years before being sh… more
Date: July 15, 2002
Creator: Ortega, Abel
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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Oral History Interview with Abel Ortega, July 15, 2002

Description: The National Museum of the Pacific War presents an oral interview with Abel Ortega. Ortega was drafted into the Army in March, 1941 and was in the Philippines by November. Ortega was with a tank battalion on Luzon and recalls the retreat to and subsequent surrender on Bataan. Ortega also recalls how his Christian faith served him, and others around him, during captivity. He describes his experiences on the Bataan Death March. Ortega remained in the Philippines for over two years before being sh… more
Date: July 15, 2002
Duration: 54 minutes 04 seconds
Creator: Ortega, Abel
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

[Photograph of 44th Tank Battalion Memorial Stone]

Description: Photograph of the 44th Tank Battalion Memorial stone, taken at the 12th Armored Division Association Dedication at Armor Unit Memorial Park in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Text on the plaque says "Activated 15 Sep 1942, relieved 12th Armored Division 11 Nov 1943, Inactivated 10 May 1946. Battalion commanders: Lt. Col. Tom H. Ross - Nov 43 - Feb 45 KIA, Lt. Col. William W. Barksdale - Feb 45, Maj. William P. Meredith - July 45. Tennessee 1942 to Tokyo 1945, by way of New Guinea, Bismark, Archipelago, Mo… more
Date: August 27, 1987
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of 495th Armored Field Artillery Battalion Memorial Stone]

Description: Photograph of the 495th Armored Field Artillery Battalion memorial stone, taken at the 12th Armored Division Association Dedication at Armor Unit Memorial Park in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Text on the plaque says "15 Sep 1942 - 4 Dec 1945. Battalion commanders Lt. Col. Robert Bahr, Lt. Col. Richard Hockman. We dedicate this marker as a tribute to those men of the 495th who served in combat during World War II and as a memorial to those who lost their lives in the service of their country. Killed in … more
Date: August 27, 1987
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of 43rd Tank Battalion Memorial Stone]

Description: Photograph of the 43rd Tank Battalion Memorial stone, taken at the 12th Armored Division Association Dedication at Armor Unit Memorial Park in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Text on the plaque says "In memory of those that gave their all- their lives. 15 September 1942: Herrlisheim Gambsheim, Maginot Line, Ludwigshafen, Saar Palestinate. 17 December 1945: Forbach Styring Wendel, Colmar Pocket Rouffach, Dillingen Danube River, Wurzburg Schweinfurt. Commanding officers: Lt. Col. Nicholas Novosel, Lt. Col. … more
Date: August 27, 1987
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of 152nd Armored Signal Company Memorial Stone]

Description: Photograph of 152nd Armored Signal Company memorial stone, taken at the 12th Armored Division Association Dedication at Armor Unit Memorial Park in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Text on the plaque says "'Resolute to Achieve.' Combat Officers: Lt. Col. Richard M. King, Division Signal Officer, Major William J. Cure, Asst. Division Signal Officer, Capt. John T. Hagood, Company Commander. Dedicated to all members of the company who served with pride, honor and devotion."
Date: August 27, 1987
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of 494th Armored Field Artillery Battalion Memorial Stone]

Description: Photograph of the 494th Armored Field Artillery Battalion memorial stone, taken at the 12th Armored Division Association Dedication at Armor Unit Memorial Park in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Text on the plaque says "Lt. Col. Harold M. Crawford. Killed in action: 12. To the officers and men who served our country in its struggle for freedom, dignity and equality for all under God we dedicate this memorial."
Date: August 27, 1987
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of 82nd Armored Medical Battalion Memorial Stone]

Description: Photograph of the 82nd Armored Medical Battalion Memorial stone, taken at the 12th Armored Division Association Dedication at Armor Unit Memorial Park in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Text on the plaque says "Meritorious service award, supporting division troops. Ardennes - Alsace, Rhineland Central Europe. Dec 5, 1944 May 8, 1945."
Date: August 27, 1987
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of 119th Armored Engineer Battalion Memorial Stone]

Description: Photograph of the 119th Armored Engineer Battalion Memorial stone, taken at the 12th Armored Division Association Dedication at Armor Unit Memorial Park in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Text on the plaque says "This monument is dedicated to all that served in the 119th Armored Engineer Battalion and to the memory of those that gave their lives for their country. To all that became prisoners of war and wounded in action. World War Two, 1944 to 1945." Following this inscription is a list of men killed in … more
Date: August 27, 1987
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of 17th Armored Infantry Battalion Memorial Stone]

Description: Photograph of the 17th Armored Infantry Battalion Memorial stone, taken at the 12th Armored Division Association Dedication at Armor Unit Memorial Park in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Text on the plaque says "Men of the 17th served their country well in the U.S. and Europe, 1942-1945. Let no one forget the sacrifices made for our freedom. Killed and wounded - 745. Missing and captured - 184."
Date: August 27, 1987
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of 493rd Armored Field Artillery Battalion Memorial Stone]

Description: Photograph of the 493rd Armored Field Artillery Battalion memorial stone, taken at the 12th Armored Division Association Dedication at Armor Unit Memorial Park in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Text on the plaque says "Fides non timet - Faith has no fear. Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Charles D. Hartman, Jr. This memorial is dedicated to the men of the 493rd who served in the defense of their country and to honor the memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice. Killed in action: Everette C. Carter, Emm… more
Date: August 27, 1987
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of 12th Armored Division Memorial Stone]

Description: Photograph of the 12th Armored Division memorial stone, taken at the 12th Armored Division Association Dedication at Armor Unit Memorial Park in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Text on the stone's plaque says "12th Armored Division 'Hellcats' 15 September 1942 - 17 December 1945. Commanding Generals M/G C. Brewer, M/G D. T. Greene, M/G R. R. Allen, B/G W. A. Holbrook, Jr."
Date: August 27, 1987
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

[Photograph of Tent Mates]

Description: Photograph of William Jenkins (3rd from the left) with five other soldiers standing outside a tent in Fort Knox, Kentucky. A typed note on the back of the photo says "Tent mates. The first in the Army. We are in the 80th A.R. 8th Armd. Div."
Date: May 10, 1942
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum
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