Interview with William H. Gentry, July 31, 1985

Project: American Veterans: World War Two Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

In this interview, William H. Gentry, who served with Company C 192nd Tank Battalion, discusses being taken as a prisoner of war by the Japanese in the Philippines. He talks about his duties as communication officer, the bombing of Clark Field, shooting down enemy planes, and delaying action (fighting back toward Bataan). Gentry also discusses the ineffectiveness of Philippine troops, lack of defenses, and food and supplies at Bataan. Also provided are impressions of General Douglas MacArthur's withdrawal and a description of the Battle of the Big Pocket. Gentry talks about preparations for surrender, the surrender to the Japanese, being forced to march to Maverlous and Camp O'Donnell, and the brutality of Japanese soldiers. In addition his experiences at Cabanatuan and Devao, farming at Devao Penal Colony, and his assistance in helping ten Americans escape from Devao are also described. Impressions of Philippine people, camp life, liberation by American Rangers, medical treatment, and homecoming are also given.

Interview Accession

1985oh186_ww032

Interviewee Name

William H. Gentry

Interviewer Name

Arthur L. Kelly

Interview Date

1985-07-31

Interview Partial Date

August 1, 1985

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Gentry, William H. Interview by Arthur L. Kelly. 31 Jul. 1985. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Gentry, W.H. (1985, July 31). Interview by A. L. Kelly. American Veterans: World War Two Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Gentry, William H., interview by Arthur L. Kelly. July 31, 1985, American Veterans: World War Two Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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