Earl Marshall Williams
EARL MARSHALL WILLIAMS, was born May 23, 1918 in Cabarrus Co., NC. At age 20 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Earl served in the 33rd Inf. in the Panama Canal Zone from June 1938 to July 1940. He was awarded Expert Rifle Medal and discharged after short term service. March 12, 1941 he reenlisted in Charlotte, NC. Earl was stationed in Savannah, GA in the 454th Ordnance with the 27th Bombardment Gp. He left for the Philippines on Nov. 1, 1941, arrived Nov. 20, 1941. Earl camped at Ft. William McKinley Rifle Range where he made sergeant.
When in Bataan Defense, he was taken prisoner on April 8, 1942. He was then forced to make the Death March to Camp O’Donnell. Earl was send on a work detail rebuilding a bridge. He left there and went to Cabanatuan. Earl was in the hospital a few months. Then left Cabanatuan July, 1943 in the old of the hellship Mati Mati Maru. Earl arrived in the port of Moji in August of 1943.
There the prisoners traveled by train to Omuta. They were placed in Camp No. 17, Fukuoka Military District. Earl was forced to work in a coal mine until liberation ~ August, 1945.
Earl returned to U.S. Oct. 28, 1945. Discharged at Moore General Hospital in Swannanoa, NC on May 13, 1946.
In 1949, he married Dorothy Fogg, widow of Melvin Fogg. Earl had one stepson, Melvin Fogg, Jr. and three sons, Marshall, Michael and Martin. Earl Williams retired from National Linen Service in 1980.
Credit: History of the Defenders of the
Philippines Guam and Wake Islands 1941-1945 Turner Publishing Co
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