Thomas Barton was born in Winnipeg, Canada on November 14, 1919. He enlisted in the Army from Detroit, Michigan shortly after Pearl Harbor. He had his basic training at Camp Haan in California. Afterwards, Thomas was sent to San Francisco, and eventually was assigned to the 78th Coast Artillery. Thomas was first sent to New Zealand, and later took part in the invasion of Bataan and Corregidor, for which his unit won a Presidential Citation. During and after his service, Thomas had malaria 13 different times. After his discharge he settled in Southgate, Michigan.
Dates of Service
Enlisted; United States Army; 78th Coast Artillery; World War, 1939-1945; Second World War - Pacific Theater; Corporal
Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Second World War - Pacific Theater