Rank and Name, Private Roy C. Anderson.
Unit/Placed in, 31st Infantry Regiment “Polar Bears”.
POW Camp Pasay
The Imperial Japanese began their Invasion in the Philippines on 8 Dec 1941.
American and Filipino forces when compelled to surrender on 9 Apr 1942.
Private First Class Jackson became a POW and was imprisoned at Pow Camp Pasay before he was transported to Japan, he survived the Bataan Death March.
The Camp, known as the Pasay School on Park Avenue, was located about one mile from the actual digging site. Nichols field lay approximately 10 miles south of Manila. (Nielson Field was north of Nichols and lay on the south edge of Manila proper)
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, east of Hong Kong, on November 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.
Roy is born approx. on 1921 in Pope County, Minnesota.
Parents and Siblings, No Record Available.
Roy enlisted the service in Minnesota with service number # 6931287.
Roy died as a POW on board the “Hellship Arisan Maru” on transport to a POW Camp in Japan, but was Torpedoed by “friendly fire” on Oct. 24, 1944, he is honored with a POW Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Marksmanship Badge, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.
Roy is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.
Walls of the missing.
Thanks to, , http://www.31stinfantry.org/
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
Philppine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com