Samuel J. Price
Samuel Joseph Price, “Sam” was born November 10, 1918 at 1710 Master Street in Camden, NJ to parents William K. Jr. and Anna (Haug) Price. While he appears to have been named after his uncle, his birth certificate shows however, that his original birth name was in fact William Price. Sam was the youngest of the Price siblings of which included a brother, William “Lester,” who was born in 1908 and a sister, Anna born in 1912. The family was residing at 861 Vanhook Street in Camden, NJ according to the 1920 Census.
|18 Valley Road, Mt. Ephraim|
|112th Engineer Bat. Emblem|
On April 10, 1942 the personnel assigned to 117th Engineers from 112th and 121st Engineers arrived at Indiantown Gap. Private First Class Sam Price was re-assigned from the 112th Engineer Battalion to Company “C” of this newly formed 117th Combat Engineering Battalion. After about a month of additional training, the 117th departed on May 8th by rail to Oakland, California and arrived on the afternoon of May 12th. Once in Oakland, the troops were quartered in the International Harvester building. They stayed there until getting orders on May 24th to report to the San Francisco Port for assignment overseas. That evening, Company C boarded the SS President Monroe (APA-104) and set sail for an unknown destination.
|117th Engineer Bulldozer|
|117th Engineer road construction|
|117th Engineers land at Lingayen Gulf|
After an hour delay, in which two attempts were made to neutralize enemy fire power, the initial troops were ferried across the river in assault boats manned by men of C Company at 3pm. Five crossings were made by each of the 30 boats in order to get all Infantry troops across the Pasig and clear the southern portion of the city. Each crossing was made under heavy enemy machine gun and 20mm dual purpose gun fire.
|117th Eng & 37 Inf. Div. soldiers|
crossing the Pasig River
|Samuel Price Grave Marker|