Rank and Name, First Lieutenant George Oliver Armantrout.
Unit/Placed in, 23rd Field Artillery Regiment, Philippine Scouts.
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.
First Lieutenant Armantrout became a POW and was imprisoned at Pow Camp Pasay before he was transported to Japan on Oct. 11, 1944, 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, 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.
George is born approx. on June 3, 1920 in Torrington, Wyoming.
Father, Elmer L. Armantrout.
Mother, Jesse ME. (Long) Armantrout.
Sister(s), Iris E. Armantrout.
Brother(s), Clo E. Jim O. and ?? Armantrout.
George enlisted the service in Utah with service number # 0-416371.
George 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, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.
George is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.
Walls of the missing.
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