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Devine, Ben R. “Bud” (P2, C2, L13)

Devine_BSergeant Ben R. “Bud” Devine, 23, of Mercer County, Kentucky, died of dysentery on 19 May 1942 at Camp O'Donnell, Philippines as a prisoner of war on federal active duty. Devine enlisted in the Harrodsburg National Guard and listed his occupation as farmer.

The 38th Tank Company was the first Kentucky unit ordered to active duty in Kentucky on 25 November 1940 and was redesignated as Company D, 192nd Light Tank Battalion at Fort Knox.

Moving under secret orders, Company D arrived in the Philippines by Thanksgiving Day, 1941. War came to them when the Japanese attacked Clark Field just a few hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Harrodsburg Tankers along with the allied forces fought the Japanese valiantly without reinforcements or resupply until they were ordered to surrender in April 1942. They had delayed the Japanese Army's timetable from 50 days to four months, giving the allies vital time to protect Australia and recover from the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Devine was taken prisoner on 9 April 1942 and trucked to Mariveles where he began the 90 mile Death March eventually ending up at Camp O’Donnell where he died of dysentery on 19 May 1942. He is burred in the Manila American Cemetery in Manila, Philippines.Devine_Grave_edited

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