Poulin, Lawrence, WT3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
WT-0000-Water Tender
Last Rating/NEC Group
Water Tender
Primary Unit
1945-1945, WT-0000, USS Cleveland (CL-55)
Service Years
1937 - 1945
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Steven Loomis (SaigonShipyard), IC3 to remember Poulin, Lawrence (Larry), WT3c.

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Contact Info
Home Town
Cheboygan, Mich.
Last Address
Traverse City, Michigan.

Date of Passing
Apr 25, 2015
Location of Interment
Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens - Traverse City, Michigan
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 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Honorable Discharge Emblem (WWII)

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon Blue Star

 Military Association Memberships
Post 7731, Little Finger PostPost 114Northeastern Michigan ChapterChapter 38
  1946, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 7731, Little Finger Post (Executive Secretary) (Lake Leelanau, Michigan) - Chap. Page
  1946, American Veterans (AMVETS), Post 114 (Recorder) (Elk Rapids, Michigan) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1946, American Ex-POW Association, Northeastern Michigan Chapter (Supply Officer) (Spruce, Michigan) - Chap. Page
  1946, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 38 (Membership Director) (Traverse City, Michigan) [Verified] - Chap. Page

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Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Bataan
From Month/Year
January / 1942
To Month/Year
April / 1942

Battle of Bataan and Bataan Death March
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January / 1942
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April / 1942
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
Personal Memories

That frontline duty ended up leading to his eventual capture by the Japanese.

Poulin found himself fighting on the front lines on various Pacific Islands in 1942. Eventually he was captured and became part of the infamous Bataan Death March that took place on April 9, 1942 as 76,000 Allied POWs (including 12,000 Americans) were forced to walk 60 miles under a blazing sun without food or water toward a new POW camp. It resulted in over 5,000 American deaths.

"It was the worst day of my life," said Poulin. “If you were too sick or too weak to walk they just killed you on the spot and left you there. I watched hundreds of my fellow soldiers murdered right in front of me. Some were shot to death; others were beheaded."

Eventually Poulin was transferred to the mainland in Japan where he worked in a POW slave camp. Poulin spent the next three and half years in a Japanese POW camp near a remote harbor where he unloaded supplies from freight trains.

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  42 Also There at This Battle:
  • Cox, Jr., George, ENS, (1941-1945)
  • Seashols, Bob, CPO, (1938-1945)
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