Hogaboom, William Frederick, Capt

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0802-Field Artillery Officer
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1944-Present, 0802, MIA - WWII
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1934 - 1944
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Golden Dragon Certificate
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by PFC James E. Franklin (Slim) to remember Marine Capt William Frederick Hogaboom.

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Order of the Golden Dragon Shellback China Marine

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American Defenders of Bataan & CorregidorWorld War II Fallen
  1942, American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor
  1944, World War II Fallen

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On Dec. 13, 1944 the Japanese in charge on the Oryoku Maru took 1619 American and Allied prisoners of war on board for transport to Japan.   They left from Pier #7 in Manila.  Groups 1 of the prisoners, about 700 men, were loaded first and placed in the after hold.  Group 2, about 600 men, entered the forward hold, which was about 60 by 100 feet.  Men started fainting due to overcrowding and lack of ventilation. Group 3, approximately 300 men, were loaded in the hatch amid-ships. The Japanese gave the men little water, inadequate latrines and the temperature inside the ship rose to 120 degrees.  Men became deranged, and forty to fifty men died by the 14th. For the next two days, American planes strafed the ship.  For this, the Japanese punished the prisoners on board further by denying food and water.  More of the confined men started acting crazy.  On the 15th, an American bomb hit the aft hold killing around a hundred men.  After that, the Japanese released their passengers at Subic Bay. They then let out the POWs, and made them swim ashore, even if they did not know how to swim. Five men on a raft of floating debris were fired at, and three died. The prisoners assembled in an area next to a tennis court.  Fifty percent of the men got some water, after waiting in line for four to six hours.  The men were forced into the tennis courts and counts of rosters took place.  The counts showed less than 1300 men remaining at this point. Capt William Frederick Hogaboom died during the bombing, the "Hell Ship" was not marked with a Red Cross or POW.

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The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant William Frederick Hogaboom (MCSN: 0-5957), United States Marine Corps, for distinguished service in action while serving with Company K, Third Battalion, FOURTH Marines (Detached) as Commanding Officer of Battery A, Navy Bluejacket-Marine Battalion (Mariveles), in action against the enemy in the defense of the Bataan Peninsula, Luzon, Philippine Islands, from 23 to 31 January. Lieutenant Hogaboom, while attached to a composite Blue Jacket-Marine Battalion hastily organized to expel a strong enemy detachment which had infiltrated and occupied commanding ground dangerously threatening the Miravalis area of Bataan, rendered conspicuous service in controlling and handling mixed units in this action, which succeeded in isolating the Japanese force on Longoskawayan Point where the enemy was destroyed. Lieutenant Hogaboom displayed outstanding qualities of leadership, and by his courageous actions and tireless efforts contributed materially to the success of this important and timely operation. His actions at all times were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: January 23 - 31, 1942
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Rifle Sharpshooter (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1934, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC), B/37
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
MARDET USS Ranger (CVA-61)Marine BarracksMARDET American Legation, Peking, China3rd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (3/4), 4th Marine Regiment
Prisoner of WarMissing In Action
  1934-1935, 0311, MARDET USS Ranger (CVA-61)
  1939-1940, 0802, Marine Barracks Navy Yard, League Island, PA
  1940-1941, 0802, MARDET American Legation, Peking, China
  1941-1942, 0802, K Co, 3rd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (3/4)
  1942-1944, 0802, Prisoner of War - Japan
  1944-Present, 0802, MIA - WWII
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
  1941-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
 Colleges Attended
United States Naval Academy
  1935-1939, United States Naval Academy
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