French, Edward Theodore (P2, C2, L22)
Sergeant Edward Theodore French, 24 of Mercer County, Kentucky, joined the Harrodsburg National Guard unit, along with his brother Morgan, some time before they were activated in November 1940. He was injured by shrapnel from Japanese bombing and was in a field hospital on Bataan. In an attempt to prevent the American guns on Corregidor and Fort Drum from firing on their artillery, the Japanese placed their guns among the buildings of the hospital. When a shell fired from Fort Drum fell short and hit the hospital, Edward, along with 24 other soldiers, were killed on 22 April 1942 as a result of “friendly fire.” He was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries received during combat. French is buried at the Manila American Cemetery in Manila, Philippines. His brother Morgan survived the war returning to Kentucky. Morgan passed away in 2013, the oldest surviving Harrodsburg Tanker, the Warrior Transition Center located at Fort Knox is named in his honor.