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Alleva, Joseph George

Rank and Name,  Seaman First Class Joseph George Alleva.

Unit/Placed in, USS Houston (CA-30) Cruiser, United States Navy.

Tamahoku Maru

The Tamahoku Maru was a Hell Ship sunk on Jun. 24, 1944.

The Tamahoku Maru, sailed from Singapore for Japan with POWs. This ship was sunk by the American submarine, USS Tang of the coast of Nagasaki. There were 772 POWs aboard – several allied prisoners of war were killed fighting their Japanese guards or killed when the ship, the SS Tamahoku Maru was sunk.


Joseph is born approx. 1917 in Queens, New York.


Father, Emil Alleva.

Mother, Beatrice Alleva.

Both parents born in Italy.

Sister, Anna Alleva.


Joseph enlisted the service in New York with service number # 22388840.


Joseph was KIA when the Tamahoku Maru was Torpedoed on June 24, 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, POW Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


Joseph is buried/mentioned at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu County, Hawaii U.S.A.

Courts of the missing.

He is also mentioned on the USS Houston Crew list.


Thanks to http://www.mansell.com/pow_resources/camplists/fukuoka/fuk-14-nagasaki/tamahoku_maru.html https://www.pacificwrecks.com/provinces/indonesia_jakarta.html  Jean Louis Vijgen, ABMC, https://abmc.gov

P.O.W. info, Wes Injerd and Dwight Rider, http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html  Air-Force, Rolland Swank NavyLog, http://navylog.navymemorial.org Familysearch.com, https://www.familysearch.org

Philippine Scouts Heritage Society,http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Marines Info Geoffrey Roecker, https://missingmarines.com/   

Medals Info, http://www.honorstates.org    

Hendriks Webdesign, https://hendrikswebdesign.nl/





Hellship "Tamahoko Maru"
USS Houston (CA-30)
His rank Seaman First Class