Jacksboro in Jack County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Mobilization Site of Lost Battalion
Mobilization site Battery F of World War II's Lost Battalion
Battery F, 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery, 36th Division, Texas National Guard mobilized here November 1940, for active duty. Sailed from San Francisco, November 1941, was at sea when Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
Went to defend Java where unit was captured March 1942. Prisoners in many parts of Asia for three and 1/2 years.
Performed forced labor for Japanese, suffering untold hardships and starvation. 8 of original 63 died. Most deaths occurred building Burma-Siam Railway. Survivors returned after Japanese surrender.
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 3429.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. In addition, it is included in the The Thailand-Burma Railway series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1942.
Location. 33° 12.357′ N, 98° 9.847′ W. Marker is in Jacksboro, Texas, in Jack County. Marker is on Park Road 61, 0.6 miles South Main Street (U.S. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 228 Park Road 61, Jacksboro TX 76458, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Richardson (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Richardson Cavalry Post Hospital, 1867 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Officers' Quarters (about 600 feet away); Jacksboro's First Railroad Depot (approx. ¼ mile away); James B. Dosher (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sewell Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); G. D. Cross (approx. 0.6 miles away); Butterfield Stage Line (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksboro.
More about this marker. Note that the title of the marker (Mobilization Site of Lost Battalion) is taken from the Texas Historical Commission's Texas Historic Sites Atlas.
Also see . . .
1. Lost Battalion. from the Handbook of Texas Online (Submitted on June 26, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.)
2. US POWs who worked the Thai-Burma Railway. The link relates the story of the Texas National Guard 2/131 FA Reg and crew of the USS Houston who became POWs of the Japanese in March 1942. The 2nd BN 2/131 FA Reg became known as the "Lost Battalion" since the Japanese never admitted their capture.
This website(Submitted on June 10, 2023, by Jj Karwacki of Tha Maka, Kanchanaburi.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2023. It was originally submitted on June 26, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 258 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 26, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.