Tramble O. Armstrong

NAME
Tramble Oresta Armstrong
NICKNAME
Army, Swede
MCSN
277640
HOME OF RECORD
208 Saint Nicholas Avenue, Brewton, AL
NEXT OF KIN
Parents, John & Ida Armstrong
DATE OF BIRTH
December 11, 1915
(alt. December 11, 1923)
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
November 20, 1939
DATE OF LOSS
May 6, 1942
(Declared, not definite)
REGION
Philippines
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Corregidor
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA (Declared Dead)
UNIT
I/3/4th Marines
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
PFC Armstrong participated in the defense of Corregidor. On the night of 5 May 1942, Japanese forces landed on the island and overwhelmed the Marine garrison, which surrendered at 1200 hours the following day.
Armstrong was not reported as captured, and was officially declared dead as of 6 May 1942.
However, eyewitnesses indicate that “Army” escaped Corregidor and went on to fight with an unknown Filipino guerrilla band. His exact date of death is not known.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS
Not Recovered.
MEMORIALS
Pensacola Memorial Gardens, Pensacola, FL
Manila American Cemetery

* Note: See Escape from Corregidor by Edgar T. Whitcomb for a detailed account of meeting Armstrong – “the big blond Marine from Bruton, Alabama [sic]”  – after the fall of Corregidor.

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3 thoughts on “Tramble O. Armstrong

  1. Comment from TF
    7 June 2014

    See Edgar T. Whitcomb “Escape from Corregidor” 1958 in which Armstrong is nicknamed “Army” Armstrong. According to Whitcomb, Armstrong along with William Harris {killed in Korean War} and Reid Carlos Chamberlain {killed on Iwo Jima} tried to escape Luzon across the sea in a power boat to China; after drifting 29 days they were washed back to the Southern part of the Phillippines where they split up to join various guerrilla bands. Alas his fate is unknown…

    1. Reply on 7 June 2014.

      Great story, TF! Thanks for sharing. Always enjoy your comments.

      I ran across a few of the 4th Marines who joined up with guerrilla bands; one in particular (George Dorrell Davis) was fascinating. And the story or Reid Chamberlain’s exploits is nearly unbelievable. If you get a chance (and haven’t already) check out “The Long And The Short And The Tall” by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr. – he served with Chamberlain on Iwo Jima and has a firsthand account of Chamberlain’s death

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