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Rank and Name, Corporal Merlin D. Algoe.
Unit/Placed in, 28th Bomber Squadron, 16th Bomber Group (Heavy).
The Shinyo Maru was a Hell Ships sunk on Sep. 7, 1944.
The Shinyo Maru, sailed from Manila on Sep. 7, 1944 for Japan. This ship was sunk by the American submarine,USS Paddle of the coast of Manao. There were 750 POWs aboard – 668 Allied prisoners of war were killed fighting their Japanese guards or killed when their ship, the SS Shinyō Maru was sunk. Survivors made it to the shores of Sindangan Bay, and they received aid from friendly Filipino guerrillas.
Merlin is born on Oct. 23, 1918 in Webster City, Iowa.
Father, James B. Algoe.
Mother, Susie (Goering) Algoe.
Brothers, Robert H. and Douglas W. Algoe.
Merlin enlisted the service in Iowa with service number # 6938090.
Merlin died on-board the “Hellship Shinyo Maru”(prob.) Torpedoed by the USS Paddle (friendly fire) on Sep. 7, 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, POW Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.
Merlin is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.
Walls of the missing.
He also has a Memorial Grave at Graceland Cemetery, Webster City, Hamilton County, Iowa, USA.
Thanks to Jean Louis Vijgen, ABMC, https://abmc.gov Info P.O.W.
Wes Injerd, Dwight Rider: http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html