Bernard, Manuel Joseph, Jr., S/Sgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
795 -Tank Crewman
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, 795 , POW/MIA
Service Years
1939 - 1942

Staff Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Monterey County
Last Address
Castroville/Salinas, California

Casualty Date
Jun 11, 1942
Hostile, Died
Intentional Homicide
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
L, 12, 60

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenBattling Bastards of Bataan
  1942, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  1942, Battling Bastards of Bataan

 Ribbon Bar

 National Guard Awards

 Unit Assignments
U.S. ArmyPhilippine DivisionPOW/MIA
  1941-1942, 795 , 194th Tank Battalion
  1941-1942, 795 , Philippine Division
  1942-1942, 795 , POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Bataan Death March
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Prior to his involvement in the War, Staff Sergeant Manuel Bernard, Jr. had been a book keeper in Castroville, California.  He had two years of college behind him. He was serving with C Company,  40th Tank Company in the California National Guard in Salinas, California. 

On 10 February 1941, this unit was combined with two other tank companies to form the new 194th Tank Battalion.  In September 1941, the unit was sent to re-enforcement the Army at Fort Stotsenburg near Clark Field, Luzon.

From there, they fought against the Japanese until they were ordered to surrender in April 1942.

He died as a POW of the Japanese in  Camp O'Donnel, Luzon, Philippines. 

58 men of the National Guard from Salinas died as a result of the ill treatment by the Japanese as POWs.

Bataan Park in Salinas, California was dedicated in honor of C Company, 194th Tank Battalion.  The memorial reads:
  "BATAAN PARK This park is dedicated by the City of Salinas to the men who served with Company C, 194th Tank Battalion, California National Guard, during World War II and were captured on Bataan on April 9, 1942. May time never tarnish the memory of their sacrifice."
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