Pool, Grover William, PFC

MIA/POW
 
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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1942-Present, 0311, Missing In Action
Service Years
1939 - 1942
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Golden Dragon Certificate
Shellback Certificate

Private 1st Class

 
 

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State of Birth
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1918
 
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 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Golden Dragon Shellback


 Military Association Memberships
American Defenders of Bataan & CorregidorWorld War II Fallen
  1942, American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor
  1942, World War II Fallen


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Service Number: 279302
Birth and Early Life:
Grover Pool was born on May 2, 1918. He was raised in Austin, Texas by his father Hill (a school janitor) and mother, Viola.
Enlistment and Boot Camp:
Pool enlisted in the Marines on December 21, 1939. After completing boot training in San Diego, he was assigned to the Marine Barracks at Mare Island Navy Yard.
Service Prior to 1941:
Private Pool served at Mare Island until October 1940; he was promoted to Private First Class in September. Late that year, his transfer to Company E, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines in Shanghai was ordered, and he arrived at his overseas post that December.
Wartime Service:
Pool traveled to the Philippines with his regiment in 1941 where they prepared defenses they hoped they would not have to use, but the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor closely followed by bombing attacks on installations at Cavite and Olongapo dashed those hopes. PFC Pool fought in the defense of the Philippines, but was cut off on the Bataan Peninsula. His unit was surrendered by General Edward King on April 9, 1942, after a brutal campaign that saw starting American and Filipino troops overwhelmed by superior numbers of Japanese troops. Pool and the other captives were divided into groups of one hundred men apiece and compelled to walk to their destination Camp O'Donnell in Tarlac. The resulting brutality would become infamous as the Bataan Death March. Conditions at O'Donnell, a former Philippine Army camp, were deplorable, to say the least. It was vastly overcrowded, diseases ran rampant, there was little more than a cursory nod towards sanitation, and relief from the heat was second only to the wish for food in the prisoners minds.
Date Of Loss:
Grover Pool was reported dead on May 8, 1942. He was last known to be a prisoner at O'Donnell; the details of his fate are unknown.
Next Of Kin:
Parents, Hill & Viola Pool
Status Of Remains:
Unknown.
Memorial:
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.
Austin Memorial Park, Austin, Texas.
   
Other Comments:
Body Not Recovered


 


   
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Rifle Marksman (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1939, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
Marine Barracks Mare Island, CA4th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4)Prisoner of WarMissing In Action
  1940-1940, 0311, Marine Barracks Mare Island, CA
  1940-1941, 0311, 2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4)/E Co
  1941-1942, 0311, 2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4)/E Co
  1942-1942, 0311, Prisoner of War
  1942-Present, 0311, Missing In Action
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
  1941-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Bataan
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