Kenneth E. Ranson

Kenneth E. Ranson

Captain, P.O.W. in Cabanatuan. Boarded hellship bound for Japan, December 13, 1944.

Dec. 25, 1941

Major Kempf arrived at 8 A. M. with orders to proceed to K. P. 162.5 with all supplies and equipment toestablish base depot there. Took

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Dec. 26, 1941

Officers and enlisted men with help of drivers of vehicles unloaded trucks as quickly as possible to return to Manila for the purpose of transporting

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Dec. 27, 1941

Twenty Americans and Thirty Phil Army enlisted men assigned to depot for duty this date. All not trained in Medical Supply work. Direct supervision is

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Dec. 30, 1941

I took convoy to Manila. Road very dusty and filled with vehicles and troops withdrawing to Bataan. Arrived in Manila at noon. Loaded trucks at

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Dec. 31, 1941

Started all trucks back to Bataan with me leaving at 10 A.M. Visited Port Area warehouse to gather a few items of necessity and viewed

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Jan. 1, 1942

One truck returned after mine so it is definite the road has been cut between Bataan and Manila by the Japanese Forces.

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Jan. 2, 1942

Sergeant Walker and three Privates escaped capture in Manila by going to Corregidor on Navy speed boat when Japanese were on the outskirts of the

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April 9, 1942

A little after midnite left Supply Depot and went down the hill to Gen Hosp #2 with Organization as Col. Kempf left last nite for

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May 1, 1942

The Japanese have kept us in the Hosp Area with their Artillery all around us and bombarded Corregidor and of course a great many shells

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Sept. 26, 1942

Another month has passed. Total of 1771 American Soldiers have passed away now at this camp. We have nothing but rice and soup three times

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