Noah Cecil Heard

 

 Note: Last name "Hurd" on 1925 Kansas State Census

 

    Born: October 1924 - Plymouth, Kansas - Parents: William & D. Heard

WWII enlistment record shows Noah's year of birth as 1922.  He may have lied about his age to join the National Guard.

His father's first wife died; Noah was the only child from his father's second marriage.

His father died before Noah was born or during Noah's first months of infancy. Siblings: 2 half-sisters, 1 half-brother
Home: Salinas, California

Enlisted: California National Guard - Inducted: U.S. Army - 10 February 1941 - Salinas Army Airfield

Training: Fort Lewis, Washington - Units: 194th Tank Battalion

Overseas Duty:  Philippine Islands
Engagements:  Battle of Luzon, Battle of Bataan

   Prisoner of War: 9 April 1942- Death March

    POW Camps: Philippine Islands: Camp O'Donnell, Cabanatuan #1  - Japan: Fukuoka #17

  Hell Ship: - Clyde Maru - Sailed: Manila - 23 July 1943 - Arrived: Moji, Japan - 9 August 1943

Executed:  - 3 May 1944 - caught "stealing" food - Beaten and stabbed to death -
Some accounts of POW's from camp state Heard was beheaded by sword

Buried: Golden Gate National Cemetery  - Section: J   Site: 295

 

Credit: Jim Opolony: 192nd & 194th Tank Battalion

 

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