H & F Knox / Steen

jopolony Member Photo

Clipped by jopolony

H & F Knox / Steen - —Gazette photo- SHOW JAP PRISON SOUVENIR—Lt....
—Gazette photo- SHOW JAP PRISON SOUVENIR—Lt. Henry Knox, left, and his brother, Sgt. Forrest Knox, Beloit, who recently arrived home from war prisons in Japan are holding the makeshift instrument used by their mess sergeant in rationing the daily allotments of rice. The device was made from tin cans and consists of a plunger and several different sued cups to parcel out the food equally according to the amount on hand for each meal. Final Reports on Tank Co Members Expected Soon That Janesville members of the 192nd Tank Battalion who are listed listed as prisoners or missing are still living, is doubtful in the mind of Lt, Henry Knox, Beloit, only officer officer of the local unit to survive the fall of Bataan and years of imprisonment imprisonment in Japan. On a visit to Janesville Friday Lt. Knox checked over the list of BOYD KIESE ARRIVING Cpl. Boyd Riese of the 192nd Tank battalion was expected to arrive in Janesville Saturday afternoon to spend the week-end with his mother, Mrs. Ella Riese, 432 N. Walnut street, and brothers brothers and sisters. A brother, Alfred, left here early this morning by car to meet him, Cpl. Riese having having been granted permission to leave the Vaughan General hospital, hospital, Hines, 111., at 10 a. m. He has been hospitalized there a week and his relatives visited him there last Sunday. tank members as compiled by the Gazette, confirming the list of liberated liberated and dead. After his liberation, liberation, Lt. Knox talked with many former ••' members Who had been held prisoners in the Philippines. As a result of these conversations he has compiled a list of members, the date and place of their deaths and the cause. In checking the Gazette list he was assisted by his brother, Sgt. Forrest Knox. "Information on the seven men you still have listed as missing or the three still listed as prisoners should be coming from the war de- partment soon," Lt Knox explain; ed. War department orders do not permit him to announce a fatality until after the next of kin have been officially notified. There were some discrepancies between the places of death as announced announced by the war department and those given him by surviving members of the unit. This he attributes attributes to the fact that the prisoners, prisoners, except those who were too sick to be moved, were transferred from Camp O'DonneH to Cabanatuan about July 1,1942. All the records may have been taken to Cabanatuan Cabanatuan where they were later found by Americans. A detail of men was sent to Bataan Bataan after the surrender as a work detail. All of these men either died on Bataan or at Cabanatuan after being sent back as too ill to work, Sgt. Knox explained. Even Rice Was Scarce Comparing notes of their imprisonment, imprisonment, the Knox brothers came to the conclusion that there was more rice available in the Philippines Philippines than in Japan. In Japan prisoners had to resort to rationing rationing and developed a plunger made of a tin can open at both ends into which fitted a piece of tin attached to a handle. The can was partially filled with rice and emptied into mess kits by pushing on the handle. The scenery on Bataan was really really not bad, the brothers stated, but troops on the peninsula had neither the time nor the inclination to appreciate appreciate it. "The mountains were covered (CMlteM« M r»lVI. Col. 4) Steen, Tank Co. Man, Is Dead 55th Member of Unit on Gold Star List; Died at Cabanatuan T/5 ARNOLD M. STEEN Mr. and Mrs. Hans A. Steen, 314 N. Jackson street, have received official war department notification notification that their only son, T/5 Arnold Arnold M. Steen, '27, member of the 192nd Tank battalion, died at Cabanatuan prison camp in the Philippines of malaria on June 21, 1942. He is the 55th tank company company man to be officially reported dead. The letter to the tank company man's parents, signed by Major General Edward F. Witsell, acting' adjutant general of the army, stated: stated: "I am writing you relative to my previous letter in which you were regretfully informed' that a finding finding of death had been made in the case of your son, Technician Fifth Grade Arnold M. Steen, 20645277, Infantry, and that the presumptive dale' of his death hart been established established at 1 July, 1944. "An official report has now been received that he died in the Philippine Philippine Islands on 21 June. 1942, while a prisoner of war of the Japanese Kovernment at Cabanatuan P.rison Camp, as a result of malaria. * * * "My c-ontinued sympathy is with you in the gerat loss you have sustained." sustained." Second cook with the battalion throughout his active sen-ice, T/5 Steen was reported by the war department department as missing in action in May, 1943. In the summer of 1944, his parents received a letter that he was presumed dead. Born on Oct. 18, 1918, in Rush River, St. Croix< county, Arnold Steen attended schools in Janesville. Janesville. Before leaving with the tank company for Fort Knox, Ky., in the fall of 1940. he was employed at the Jeffris theatre and the Milwaukee Milwaukee railroad. He served with the old national guard unit for three years before it was federally inducted,, having just reenlisted when the company received their orders to go to Fort Knox. From Fort Knox he'went to Camp Polk, La., and-then to a California port of embarkation. Only two messages messages were received from him by his parents after he^left the States— a card and one letter from the Hawaiian Hawaiian Islands in November, 1941, soon after they left for overseas. No other word had been received from him or about him until-the missing report was sent. Surviving besides his parents are three sisters, Mrs. Fred Trumpy and Mrs. Evelyn Alt, both of 1510 Ravine street, and Miss Mildred Steen, at home;_four nephews and one niece, all of Janesville. He had never seen one of his nieces and one nephew. His grandmother, Mrs. Lucy Hill, River Falls, died in March this year. Marine Contingent Is Enrqute Home Tientsin—<.T>—The first contingent contingent of American marines to start for home from the Far East, 1,150 officers and men, sailed from Taku today bound either for San Francisco Francisco or San Diego. Snow Fhimes Seen on Boldest Morning A few snow flurries and lowest, lowest, temperature readings of the season brought winter's approach approach closer to Southern Wisconsin Wisconsin residents early Saturday morning when the coldest snap of the season blew over the entire entire mid-west. The white flakes fell for but a few minutes shortly after 7 a. m. when the mercury hit the 30- degree mark, the coldest temperature temperature so far this fall but not unusual for this time of the year. By noon today the thermometer thermometer recorded only -36 and it will .continue to be cold tonight tonight but the weatherman has slated that temperatures will rise slowly Sunday. A return of colder weather may be expected early next week, however, according according to the forecast.

Clipped from
  1. Janesville Daily Gazette,
  2. 03 Nov 1945, Sat,
  3. Page 1

jopolony Member Photo
  • H & F Knox / Steen

    jopolony – 11 Nov 2013

Want to comment on this Clipping? Sign up for a free account, or sign in