Garcia, Benny

Rank and Name, Private First Class Benny C. Garcia.

Unit/Placed in, 200th Coast Artillery Regiment.

Benny was serving with the Coast Artillery Corps (Anti-Aircraft) in the Bataan Peninsula, Philippines when Japan began their invasion of 8 Dec 1941. The USA surrendered to them on 9 Apr 1942. He survived the Bataan Death March that followed, and was imprisoned at Camp Cabanatuan, he went on transport to a pow Camp in Japan with the “Hell Ship” Arisan Maru when it was sunk by the American submarine USS Shark, (Hell Ships were not marked as POW carriers).

 Camp Cabanatuan(Pangatian) (former HQ 91st Philippine army Division)

After the Japanese occupation in 1942, the camp was converted by the Imperial Japanese Army into the Cabanatuan POW Camp. At its height, 8,000 prisoners were detained at this location. The prisoners also included some civilians including one British and one Norwegian citizen.  This POW Camp detained prisoners until liberated during the night of January 30, 1945.

 The rectangular camp spanned roughly 25 acres and was 800 yards deep by 600 yards wide, divided by a road in the center. The camp consisted of a barracks for Japanese guards, barracks for prisoners, a hospital and water tower enclosed by barbed wire with guard towers.

Arisan Maru

The Arisan Maru was a Hell Ships (former Cargo, used for Transport POW’s to other Camps) sunk on Nov. 24, 1944.

The Arisan Maru, sailed from Manila on October 11, 1944 for Japan. This ship was sunk by the American submarine, USS Shark with three torpedoes, on November 24, 1944. There were 1800 POWs aboard – nine 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.

 Benny is born approx. on 18 April 1919 in Bernalillo County, New Mexico.

Father, Octavio Garcia.

Mother, Sarite M. Garcia.

Sister(s), Coranelo A. and Evangslin L. Garcia.

Brother(s), Calstro B. Garcia.

Benny enlisted the service in New Mexico with service number # 20842976.

Benny was KIA when the Arisan Maru was Torpedoed (friendly fire, no awareness of pow transport) by the U.S. Submarine USS Shark with three torpedoes, he tried to escape and the Japanese guards shot him on Oct 24, 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Good Combat Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

Benny is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.

Benny also has a Memorial Grave at Santa Fe National Cemetery

Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA.

 

Thanks to, https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LR4Q-MWH

Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com ww2-europe.com

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

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

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

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

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

WordPress en/of Wooncommerce oplossingen, https://www.siteklusjes.nl/

Military Recovery,  https://www.dpaa.mil/

Edwards, Albert Thomas

Rank and Name, Sergeant Albert Thomas Edwards.

Unit/Placed in, 192nd Tank Battalion.

Camp O’Donnell

(Army Training Base, not yet in use)

He survived the Death March and faced now the horrific conditions at Camp O’Donnell. about 1500 American and 22,000 Filipino prisoners of war died at Camp O’Donnell from starvation, disease and the brutal treatment received at the hands of the captors during the few months it was open.

Arisan Maru

The Arisan Maru was a Hell Ships (former Cargo, used for Transport POW’s to other Camps) sunk on Nov. 24, 1944.

The Arisan Maru, sailed from Manila on October 11, 1944 for Japan. This ship was sunk by the American submarine, USS Shark with three torpedoes, on November 24, 1944. There were 1800 POWs aboard – nine 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.

 

Albert is born on 27/29 Dec. 1915/1916 in Chicago, Ohio.

Father, William A. Edwards.

Mother, Isabella (Christmas) Edwards.

Albert enlisted the service in Illinois with service number # 20600365.

Albert died when the Arisan Maru was Torpedoed and sunk on 24 Oct. 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Good Combat Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

Albert is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.

Thanks to, https://bataanproject.com/

Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com ww2-europe.com

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

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

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

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

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

WordPress en/of Wooncommerce oplossingen, https://www.siteklusjes.nl/

Military Recovery,  https://www.dpaa.mil/

Foster, Benjamin Franklin

Rank and Name, Private First Class Benjamin Franklin Forester.

Unit/Placed in, Headquarters Squadron, 27th Bomber Group, Light.

 

Camp Cabanatuan(Pangatian)

(former HQ 91st Philippine army Division)

After the Japanese occupation in 1942, the camp was converted by the Imperial Japanese Army into the Cabanatuan POW Camp. At its height, 8,000 prisoners were detained at this location. The prisoners also included some civilians including one British and one Norwegian citizen.  This POW Camp detained prisoners until liberated during the night of January 30, 1945.

 The rectangular camp spanned roughly 25 acres and was 800 yards deep by 600 yards wide, divided by a road in the center. The camp consisted of a barracks for Japanese guards, barracks for prisoners, a hospital and water tower enclosed by barbed wire with guard towers.

Arisan Maru

The Arisan Maru was a Hell Ships (former Cargo, used for Transport POW’s to other Camps) sunk on Nov. 24, 1944.

The Arisan Maru, sailed from Manila on October 11, 1944 for Japan. This ship was sunk by the American submarine, USS Shark with three torpedoes, on November 24, 1944. There were 1800 POWs aboard – nine 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.

Benjamin is born approx. on 3 Nov. 1921 in Reidville, South Carolina.

Father, John Theodore Foster.

Mother, Minnie (Jennings) Foster.

Brother(s), Cecil E. Roy T. Wilbert W. Claude Austin and John Henry Foster.

Benjamin enlisted the service in South Carolina with service number # 14009559.

Benjamin died by the Japanese Guards when the Arisan Maru was Torpedoed, he tried to escape and the Japanese guards shot him on Oct 24, 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

Benjamin is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.

Benjamin also has a Memorial Grave at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, Moore, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, VS.

Thanks to,

https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/L64F-WKX

Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com ww2-europe.com

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

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

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

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

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

Foster, Benjamin Franklin

Rank and Name, Private First Class Benjamin Franklin Forester.

Unit/Placed in, Headquarters Squadron, 27th Bomber Group, Light.

 

Camp Cabanatuan(Pangatian)

(former HQ 91st Philippine army Division)

After the Japanese occupation in 1942, the camp was converted by the Imperial Japanese Army into the Cabanatuan POW Camp. At its height, 8,000 prisoners were detained at this location. The prisoners also included some civilians including one British and one Norwegian citizen.  This POW Camp detained prisoners until liberated during the night of January 30, 1945.

 The rectangular camp spanned roughly 25 acres and was 800 yards deep by 600 yards wide, divided by a road in the center. The camp consisted of a barracks for Japanese guards, barracks for prisoners, a hospital and water tower enclosed by barbed wire with guard towers.

Arisan Maru

The Arisan Maru was a Hell Ships (former Cargo, used for Transport POW’s to other Camps) sunk on Nov. 24, 1944.

The Arisan Maru, sailed from Manila on October 11, 1944 for Japan. This ship was sunk by the American submarine, USS Shark with three torpedoes, on November 24, 1944. There were 1800 POWs aboard – nine 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.

 

Benjamin is born approx. on 3 Nov. 1921 in Reidville, South Carolina.

Father, John Theodore Foster.

Mother, Minnie (Jennings) Foster.

Brother(s), Cecil E. Roy T. Wilbert W. Claude Austin and John Henry Foster.

Benjamin enlisted the service in South Carolina with service number # 14009559.

Benjamin died by the Japanese Guards when the Arisan Maru was Torpedoed, he tried to escape and the Japanese guards shot him on Oct 24, 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

Benjamin is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.

Benjamin also has a Memorial Grave at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, Moore, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, VS.

Thanks to,

https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/L64F-WKX

Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com ww2-europe.com

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

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

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

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

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

Davis, Alfred Thomas

Rank and Name, Private Alfred Thomas Davis.

Unit/Placed in, 60th Coast Artillery Regiment, United States Army.

Camp Lipa

(Military POW Camp #10-B)

Military prisoners converted it to a POW camp, hospital and transit Camp for POWS. Some serviceman captured passed through this camp at one time or another. As it was used as work detail for the Airfield and others. It was used but not as a regular POW Camp.

Arisan Maru

The Arisan Maru was a Hell Ships (former Cargo, used for Transport POW’s to other Camps) sunk on Nov. 24, 1944.

The Arisan Maru, sailed from Manila on October 11, 1944 for Japan. This ship was sunk by the American submarine, USS Shark with three torpedoes, on November 24, 1944. There were 1800 POWs aboard – nine 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.

 

Alfred is born approx. on 15 Feb. 1919 in Clifty, Tennessee.

Father, Arthur McKinley Davis.

Mother, Cora Edith (Tucker) Davis.

Sister(s), Flossie Mary, Louise and Gladys Davis.

Brother(s), Herbert Ray and Buster Ephraim Davis.

 

Alfred enlisted the service in Tennessee with service number # 18036350.

 

Alfred was K.I.A. when the Arisan Maru was Torpedoed, the Arisan Maru was Torpedoed, by the American Submarine USS Shark (friendly Fire) he tried to escape and the Japanese guards shot him on 24 Nov. 1944he tried to escape and the Japanese guards shot him on 24 Oct. 1944,  he is honored with a Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

 

Alfred is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.

 

Thanks to, https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/MP7R-RZK

Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com ww2-europe.com

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

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

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

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

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

Miller, Albert Delmar

Rank and Name, Lieutenant Colonel Albert Delmar Miller.

Unit/Placed in, 92nt Coastal Artillery Regiment (Philippine Scouts), United States Army.

Camp Davao

Davao – Small port city on southeast coast of Mindanao. The POW camp was located some ten miles northwest of the port. Camp was closed in 1944 and the POWS were sent first to Cebu on the Yashu Maru. In Cebu, they were transferred to the Singoto Maru and moved to Manila and into Bilibid.

Arisan Maru

The Arisan Maru was a Hell Ships (former Cargo, used for Transport POW’s to other Camps) sunk on Nov. 24, 1944.

The Arisan Maru, sailed from Manila on October 11, 1944 for Japan. This ship was sunk by the American submarine, USS Shark with three torpedoes, on November 24, 1944. There were 1800 POWs aboard – nine 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.

 

Albert is born approx. on 22 Aug. 1898 in Pomeroy, Ohio.

Father, Albert Perry Miller.

Mother, Ella Augusta (Hazelton) Miller.

Sister(s), Mattie Hazel and Marcia Mildred Miller.

Spouse, Hellen Elizabeth (Bush) Miller.

Daughter, Helen Ann (Miller) Fadley

 

Albert enlisted the service in Ohio with service number # 0-015670.

 

He was captured after the fall of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, and send to POW Camp Davao, in 1944 on transport to a POW Camp in Japan with the “Hellship Arisan Maru” the POW Ship was Sunk with 3 torpedo’s on 24 October 1944 by the American Submarine USS Shark, not knowing it was a POW Ship.

Albert was KIA when he tried to escape, but was shot by the Japanese Guards , he is honored with a Purple Heart, POW Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

 

Albert is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56765695/albert-delmar-miller

Walls of the missing.

He also has a Memorial Grave at Mound Hill Cemetery, Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio, USA.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/5835632/albert-delmar-miller

https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LY3P-SQ4

Because his remains were Lost when the Arisan Maru was sunk he is also mentioned https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/138574739/albert-delmar-miller

 

Thanks to,

Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com ww2-europe.com

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

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

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

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

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

Taylor, Albert M.

Rank and Name, Private First Class Albert M. Taylor.

Unit/Placed in, 60th Coast Artillery Regiment.

Camp Nielson Field (former “Filipino Army Airbase”)

The Imperial Japanese began their Invasion in the Philippines on 8 Dec 1941.

The Serviceman resorted to fighting together among American and Filipino forces when compelled to surrender on 9 Apr 1942.

He became a POW and was imprisoned at Pow Camp Nielson Field (no record)near Clark Field, and went on transport to Japan with the “Hellship Arisan Maru” but they never arrived.

Arisan Maru

The Arisan Maru was a Hell Ships (former Cargo, used for Transport POW’s to other Camps) sunk on Nov. 24, 1944.

The Arisan Maru, sailed from Manila on October 11, 1944 for Japan. This ship was sunk by the American submarine, USS Shark with three torpedoes, on November 24, 1944. There were 1800 POWs aboard – nine 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.

 

Albert is born approx. on 1920 in Pennsylvania.

 

Albert enlisted the service in Illinois with service number # 16041183.

 

Albert died onboard the Arisan Maru when it was torpedoed on 24 Oct. 1944,  he is honored with a Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.

 

Albert is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.

 

Thanks to, https://freepages.rootsweb.com/~cacunithistories/military/60thartycac.htm

Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com ww2-europe.com

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

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

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Website,

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

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

Baer, William J.

Rank and Name, Private First Class William J. Baer.

Unit/Placed in, Signal Air Warning Company.

 

Camp Cabanatuan(Pangatian)

(former HQ 91st Philippine army Division)

After the Japanese occupation in 1942, the camp was converted by the Imperial Japanese Army into the Cabanatuan POW Camp. At its height, 8,000 prisoners were detained at this location. The prisoners also included some civilians including one British and one Norwegian citizen.  This POW Camp detained prisoners until liberated during the night of January 30, 1945.

The rectangular camp spanned roughly 25 acres and was 800 yards deep by 600 yards wide, divided by a road in the center. The camp consisted of a barracks for Japanese guards, barracks for prisoners, a hospital and water tower enclosed by barbed wire with guard towers.

Arisan Maru

The Arisan Maru was a Hell Ships (former Cargo, used for Transport POW’s to other Camps) sunk on Nov. 24, 1944.

The Arisan Maru, sailed from Manila on October 11, 1944 for Japan. This ship was sunk by the American submarine, USS Shark with three torpedoes, on November 24, 1944. There were 1800 POWs aboard – nine 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 approx. on 2 March 1919 in Kentucky.

Father, John Baer.

Mother, Helen Baer.

Parents and Son Theodore are born in Romania.

Sister(s), Silvania Baer.

Brother(s), Theodore and Mikie Baer.

 

William enlisted the service in West- Virginia with service number # 15065877.

 

William was KIA when the Arisan Maru was Torpedoed, he tried to escape and the Japanese guards shot him on Oct 24, 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, POW Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, 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, http://www.mansell.com

Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com and Europe 1940-1945 on Facebook.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

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

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

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

Website,

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

Baer, Robert William

Rank and Name, Hospital Apprentice Robert William Baer.

Unit/Placed in, USS Canopus (AS-9) Submarine Tender, United States Navy .

Camp Bilibid

Former Civilian prisoners converted the Prison to a POW camp, hospital and transit Camp for POWS. Almost every man captured on Corregidor passed through this camp at one time or another. As it was a transit point for movement to other camps First major use as transit point for high ranking officers from Bataan and for all men from Corregidor. He became a POW and was imprisoned at Pow Camp Bilibid (Manila) he survived the Bataan Death March, but died shortly after it.

Arisan Maru

The Arisan Maru was a Hell Ships (former Cargo, used for Transport POW’s to other Camps) sunk on Nov. 24, 1944.

The Arisan Maru, sailed from Manila on October 11, 1944 for Japan. This ship was sunk by the American submarine, USS Shark with three torpedoes, on November 24, 1944. There were 1800 POWs aboard – nine 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 approx. on 8 May 1922 in Indiana.

Father, John L. Baer.

Mother, Lucy Baer.

Brother(s), Harry and Raymond Baer.

 

William enlisted the service in Indiana with service number # 2916538.

 

William was KIA when the Arisan Maru was Torpedoed, he tried to escape and the Japanese guards shot him on Oct 24, 1944 on, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, 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, ww2-Pacific.com and Europe 1940-1945 on Facebook.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

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

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

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

Website,

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

 

USS Canopus AS-9

The submarine tender USS Canopus (AS-9) received severe damage when hit by heavy bombers on December 29, 1941. She lost six of her crew in the attack, with another six wounded. She was later scuttled off Manila Bay rather than face capture by the enemy.  Her crew was used in the defense of Bataan and Corregidor.  A large number of her crew died in the Philippine Islands, during transport to POW camps in Japan, or in the camps themselves.

Maass, Arnold R.

Name and Rank, Pharmacist’s Mate Adolph R. Maass.

Unit/Placed in, USS Bittern (AM-36) Mine Sweeper, United States Navy.

 

Adolph was born approx. on Oct. 11, 1903 in Caldwell, Texas.

 

Father, August Maass.

Mother, Louisa Maass.

Stepmother, Emilia Maass.

Parents born in Germany.

Sisters, Mattie, Freda and Louisa Maass.

Brothers, August, Otto, Walter, Emil and Willie Maass.

 

Adolph entered  the service from Texas with service number # 129564.

 

Adolph R. Maass was a Pharmacist Mate in the United States Navy.

 

Adolph died as POW on the Japanese Hellship Arisan Maru, on Oct. 24, 1944, and he is honored with the Purple Heart, POW Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal..

 

Adolph is buried at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.

 

Thanks to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arisan_Maru

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

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

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

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

Website,

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com