Janesville Tank Company Historical Marker
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N 42° 40.809 W 089° 01.649
16T E 333885 N 4727289
Quick Description: The Janesville Tank Company Historical Marker stands in front of the Armory Building at 10 S High St in Janesville, WI.
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 10/16/2007 8:04:06 AM
Waymark Code: WM2DG3
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member The Cheeseheads
Views: 32

Long Description:
"During the 1930s, the Janesville National Guard armory was headquarters for the 32nd Tank Company, a unit of Wisconsin's famed Thirty-Second Division which had been reorganized after World War I and equipped with light tanks. In November 1940, as part of the mobilization ordered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the unit was melded with three other midwestern National Guard units and redesignated Company A of the 192nd Tank Battalion. Within a year, the Janesville tank company had been trained and dispatched to the Philippine islands.

Following the outbreak of war on December 7, 1941, members of Company A became the first of 330,000 Wisconsin residents to engage the enemy. During a harrowing four-month defense of the Bataan Peninsula, short of supplies and devoid of air cover, the Janesville tank unit fought bravely alongside other American and Filipino forces until surrendering on April 9, 1942. As prisoners of war, the Janesville men participated in the infamous Bataan Death March. Of the original ninety-nine members of the unit, only thirty-five survived imprisonment by the Japanese.

Erected 1990"
County: Rock

Location: Building

MarkerID: 298

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