Partial Transcript: It's September the 28th, 1987. I'm in the home of Cecil Sims in Danville, Kentucky.
Synopsis: Colonel Arthur L. Kelly introduces Cecil Sims, a World War II veteran. Sims served with Company D, 192nd Tank Battalion in the Philippines. He also participated in the Bataan Death March to Camp O'Donnell and was later sent to Moji.
Keywords: 192nd Tank Battalion;Camp O'Donnell;Company D;Danville(Ky.);Death March;Moji Prison Camp(Japan);Philippines;WWII
Partial Transcript: After Clark Field, and the tankers go north- did you go up north from Clark Field also?
Synopsis: He talks about leaving Clark Field and the fighting at Lingayen Gulf. He describes his duties in the kitchen.
Keywords: Clark Field;Colonel Wickard;Headquarters Company;Lingayen Gulf
Partial Transcript: Do you remember any of the stories where somebody told you an unusual war story or some funny incident or close call?
Synopsis: He tells how his morale fared as things began to get worse. Looking for reinforcements kept them moving, but eventually his company found out that they weren't coming. The Americans had surrendered.
Keywords: Food shortages;Surrender
Partial Transcript: You say by this time, now you're becoming numb, more than hardened. Would that be the correct way to say it?
Synopsis: He tells how he became mentally numb during the Death March and how his fellow soldiers tried to help him through that time. He mentions that he had dysentery.
Partial Transcript: Let's just get Goodpaster while we got it.
Synopsis: They talk about Sims' fellow soldier Edward Goodpaster, who died at Moji. He was also a part of the 192nd Tank Battalion. Sims describes his experience at Cabanatuan before going to Moji.
Keywords: 192nd Tank Battalion;Cabanatuan (Philippines);Diseases;Edward Goodpaster;Moji Prison Camp
Partial Transcript: You were talking about work detail and getting beat up. Give me a specific example, please.
Synopsis: He talks about being on work detail in Cabanatuan before going to Moji.
Keywords: Abuse;Cabanatuan (Philippines);Moji Prison Camp (Japan);Prisoners of War (POW);Work Details
Partial Transcript: So, one night they didn't get the detail finished as soon as they wanted to and they had to work us 'till it got dark in the warehouse.
Synopsis: He recalls the abuse he received as a prisoner and his first beating.
Keywords: Abuse;Japanese Officers;Moji Prison Camp (Japan);Prisoners of War (POW)