Rank and Name, Lieutenant Colonel Herman Reinhold Anderson.
Unit/Placed in, Headquarters Marine Corps, Second Battalion, 4th Marines.
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.
In January it left Takao to Moji, with POW’s from previous attacks onboard, without cleaning the ships from hauling livestock it was loaded the POW and arrived in Moji.
During the voyage a lot of POW died onboard off bad and low food supplies as presumed 930 POW onboard.
The Brazil Maru hit a mine and sunk off the coast off Shikoku on December 5, 1945.
Herman is born approx. on Jan. 15, 1892 in Watson, Massachusetts.
Father, Bernhard W. Anderson.
Mother, Emily (Johnson) Anderson.
Parents born in Sweden.
Sister(s), Elma S. Hulda T. Alice B. Esther E. and Beda L. Anderson.
Brother(s), George B. Ralph L. Raymond A. and Leroy W. Anderson.
Herman enlisted the service in Massachusetts with service number # 0-000014.
Herman was KIA onboard the “Hellship Brazil Maru” on Jan. 27, 1945, he is honored with a Silver Star Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.
Herman is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.
Walls of the missing.
For his large Bio.
Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.
Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.
ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov
Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org
POW Info, http://www.mansell.com Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.
Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org
Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/ Geoffrey Roecker
Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org
Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com