Interview with Morgan French, July 25, 1985

Project: American Veterans: World War Two Oral History Project

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Morgan French served as a maintenance crew chief for the 192nd Tank Battalion, Company D. He participated in the delaying action in the Philippines, and describes the Japanese bombing of Clark Field, the subsequent battles, and the fall of Bataan. When the rest of the battalion surrendered, French and his maintenance section escaped to Corregidor. They were eventually captured by the Japanese at Fort Drum and taken to a prison camp in Cabanatuan. There, French was selected to go to Japan on a work detail. He recalls his "hell ship" voyage, prison camps in Tanagawa and Tsuruga, illness among the prisoners, and the prisoners' work and acts of sabotage.

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1985oh185_ww031

Interviewee Name

Morgan French

Interviewer Name

Arthur L. Kelly

Interview Date

1985-07-25

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French, Morgan Interview by Arthur L. Kelly. 25 Jul. 1985. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

French, M. (1985, July 25). 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.

French, Morgan, interview by Arthur L. Kelly. July 25, 1985, American Veterans: World War Two Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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