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Rank and Name, First Lieutenant William Sylvanus Alee.
Unit/Placed in, Stenberg General Hospital.
Before he was on transport he was interned in POW Camp Cabanatuan, Philippines.
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.
William is born in No record in Missouri.
Parents and Siblings, No Record Available.
William enlisted the service in Missouri with service number # o-316394.
William died as a POW onboard the “Hellship Arisan Maru” on transport to a POW Camp in Japan when it was Torpedoed on Oct. 24, 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.
William is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.
Walls 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