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Rank and Name, Private First Class EarL N. Akers.
Unit/placed in, 17th Bomber Squadron, 27th Bomber Group (Light).
The Arisan Maru was a Hell Ships sunk on Oct. 24, 1944.
The Arisan Maru, sailed from Manila on October 10, 1944 for Japan. This ship was sunk by the American submarine,USS Snook (Shark?) with three torpedoes, east of Hong Kong, on October 24, 1944. There were 1800 POWs aboard – 1793 died. Eight men survived this sinking. Two days later, five of the survivors were rescued by a Chinese fishing junk. The Chinese helped them reach American Air Corps forces. Other survivors were recaptured by a Japanese destroyer and taken to Formosa.
This Hell Ship sank in the South China Sea making it the worst naval disaster in the history of the United States.
Earl was born in 1920 in Louisiana.
Father, George Akers.
Mother, Arcadia Akers.
Sisters, Mable and Sylvia Akers.
Brothers, John, Alvin, George, Hines and Wilford Akers.
Earl entered the service from Louisiana with service number # 14014763.
Earl died as a POW on-board the Hellship Arisan Maru, on Oct. 24, 1944, he is honored with a POW Medal, Purple Heart, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.
Earl is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.
Wall of the missing.
Thanks to Jean Louis Vijgen, ABMC, https://abmc.gov Info P.O.W.
Wes Injerd, Dwight Rider: http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html