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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
1922 1
Georgia 1
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Person:
John H Bollen 1
Level of Education: Grammar school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
1922 1
Georgia 1
Residence:
Place: Haralson County, Georgia 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
13 Nov 1942 1
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
34572262 1
Enlistment Place:
Ft McPherson Atlanta Georgia 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Occupation:
General farmers 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 0819 1
Film Reel Number: 3.241 1

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I HAVE MANY PICTURES FROM WORLD WAR ll OF MY FATHER JOHN H. BOLLEN. SOME ARE AT CAMP BEALE IN CALIFORNIA. OTHERS ARE IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS.

JOHN BOLLEN SAVES HIS TANK

TSUGEN ISLAND, NEAR OKINAWA

HE WAS AN AMPHIBOUS TANK COMMANDER WITH THE RANK OF SERGEANT.  HIS TANK WAS HIT BY A JAPANESE ARTILLERY SHELL AND WATER WAS POURING IN.  SEVERAL OF HIS MEN WERE WOUNDEDWITH HIS REMAINING CREW HE SUCCEEDED IN SHIFTING THE CARGO TO RAISE THE HOLE  ABOVE WATER LEVEL.  HE GAVE FIRST AID TO THE WOUNDED AND SUMMONED A NAVY PATROL TO EVACUATE THE MOST SERIOUSLY WOUNDED.  IT WAS SUGGESTED FROM THE SHIP THAT HE ABANDON HIS STRICKEN TANK, BUT HE REJECTED THAT.  HE GOT IT TO THE BEACH WHERE REPAIRS WERE MADE.  BY DOING THIS HE WAS ABLE TO TAKE HIS TANK THROUGH TWO DAYS OF THE TSUGEN CAMPAIGN.  ALSO CALLED L- DAY PLUS 9.

HE ENTERED THE ARMY ON NOVEMBER 13, 1942.    HE IS THE S/O ROBERT OWEN BOLLEN OF VILLAGE SPRINGS, AL.


THE DAY HE ENTERED THE ARMY WAS ON FRIDAY THE 13TH.  MUST HAVE BEEN GOOD LUCK FOR HIM.

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