Levi C. Otwell

LEVI Cranston Otwell was born January 27, 1920, in Eldorado, GA. 
Levi joined the Army Aug. 24, 1938, at Ft. Benning, GA. 
He was assigned to 83rd Field Arty.  and went to Philippine Islands in 1940.  "I was in every battle on Corregidor until the surrender.  I was in the 59th Coast Arty. attached to the Arty. Engineers." Levi was captured by the Japanese May 7, 1942.  Following his capture Levi was interned in Cabanatuan Camps No. 1 and No. 3.  Put aboard a hellship (the Nagato Maru) and transported to Japan, Levi was moved to Osaka, Japan November 1942.  There he was forced to labor in a steel mill, until he was moved to Camp No. 17 and No. 21, Fukuoka, Japan 1945.  "I worked in the coal mines until U.S. dropped A bombs and they claimed we had some fall out of the A bombs."

          Levi was liberated Sept. 15, 1945.  Injured Aug. 15, 1945 Levi was flown to Okinawa, Sept. 16, 1945 for treatment, then to Clark Field Hospital, September 19th.  He was there two weeks, then flown to Letterman General Hospital in the States and from there to Oliver General Hospital in Augusta, GA. 
Levi was discharged March 17, 1948 on disability with rank of corporal.

            Awards received were the Philippine Island Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Medal with one Star, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two Stars, Philippine Defense Service Medal, American Defense Service Medal with one Star, American Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star Medal, and POW Medal.

"Today I am on 100% service connected disability.
I have a wife, Dorothy, one daughter, Yvonne and one grandson, Scott.

Credit: History of the Defenders of the Philippines Guam and Wake Islands 1941-1945 Turner Publishing Co


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