Janesville in Rock County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Janesville Tank Company
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 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 298.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 South High Street, Janesville WI 53548, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Abraham Lincoln (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Congregational Church (about 300 feet away); First State Fair (approx. 0.6 miles away); Burr Robbins Circus (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Black Hawk War / Black Hawk's Grove (approx. 1.7 miles away); La Prairie Grange Hall (approx. 5.3 miles away); Route of Abraham Lincoln (approx. 6 miles away); Rock River Industry (approx. 6.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Janesville.
Also see . . . Janesville Armory. The web site for the restaurant that currently occupies the building. (Submitted on September 11, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
Categories. • Heroes • War, World II •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 371 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.