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OH143 James P. Ford Oral History

James P. Ford Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project – World War II

Series Number: OH143

Interviewee: Ford, James P., 1921-

Interviewer: Hammack, James W.

Date interviewed: 1982 September 7, 1982

Processed by: Benjamin J. Drake

Date processed: November 2, 2011

Description: 2 sound discs (1 hour, 28 minutes)

Abstract: James P. Ford details his experiences during the Second World War. He provides his pre-war background and motivation for entering the United States Marine Corps prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Stationed at Corregidor, Philippines, he discusses the day to day activities of the fortress before the Japanese attack and the events during the battle. He describes his capture, time spent as a prisoner of war at Cabanatuan and his liberation by American troops in September of 1944. He concludes by discussing his return to the United States.

Biographical / Historical note: James P. Ford was born in Silvis, Illinois in 1921. He dropped out of school after the 8th grade and began working as a soda jerk and later for a news agency. In 1937, he joined a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. Two years later, he worked for a foundry in Mullen, Illinois. He joined the Marine Corps in 1940 and trained at San Diego, California. He was stationed at Corregidor, Philippines when Bataan fell to the Japanese in early 1942. He was made a prisoner of war and sent to a camp near Cabanatuan, the Philippines. He was liberated by the United States 1st Calvary in September of 1944. After the war, he received his General Educational Development (GED) and attended Roosevelt College (currently Roosevelt University) at Chicago, Illinois.

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Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Ford, James P., 1921-

Soldiers – Illinois – Silvis.

World War, 1939-1945 – Personal narratives, American.

World War, 1939-1945 – Campaigns – Philippines.

Corregidor Island (Philippines)

Prisoners of war – Philippines – History.

Silvis (Ill.)