William E. Zimmermann
William Zimmermann was born March 14th, 1920.
He enlisted in the Army on March 20th, 1939 at Fort Jay as an Army Medic. William put in for a transfer to the Philippines, sailing on Sept. 11th, 1939 aboard the USAT Grant. He arrived in Manila on October 27th, 1939 and was assigned to Sternberg General Hospital where he worked as a medic earning rank as a sergeant Dec. 8th, 1941. William was part of a group that took the nurses to Corregidor on April 8th, 1942 and worked there until the surrender on May 6, 1942.
Taken prisoner to bottomside market William was then transferred to Cabanatuan where he stayed until August of 1943. He would then be shipped with 508 other POW's to Fukuoka Camp 17, Kyushu Island where he worked as a medic in camp.
On September 13th or 14th 1945 I was liberated and taken to ship (CL-63) light cruiser mobile on Sept. 14th 1945.
it was three days by ship and then a P47 to Manila. On October 27, 1945 I sailed for Seattle, WA. and then on a hospital train to Rome, NY.
Married to Marguerite with a daughter Laura and two granddaughters, Suzanne and Clair, I am now retired.
Credit: History of the Defenders of the Philippines Guam and Wake Islands 1941-1945 Turner Publishing Co
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