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Atkinson, John Lawrence

Rank and Name, Chief Electrician’s Mate John Lawrence Atkinson.

Unit/Placed in, USS Quail (AM-15) Minesweeper.

Argentina Maru

The Hell Ships Argentina Maru left Omiya Jima, Guam on 01/10/1942 for Japan.

It arrived 4 days later in Tadotsu, Japan with about 800 POW.

She took part in various Battles as Cargo Ship and was clear of any Damage.

In Dec. 1942 she is sold an rebuild to a IJN Carrier renamed KAIYO (Sea Hawk) and directly assigned to the Combat Fleet.


John is born approx. on no record.

Parents and Siblings, No Record Available.


John enlisted the service in Florida with service number # 2679373.


John died as a POW in Camp Tokyo on 1 March 1943, he is honored with a 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.


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

Walls of the missing.


Thanks to, http://www.navsource.org/archives/11/02015.htm

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

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

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


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

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

POW Camp Tokyo
Camp Garden
"Hellship Argentina Maru"
P.O.W. Medal
His rank Chief Electrician's Mate
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