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Atteberry, Charles Sidney

Rank and Name, Second Lieutenant Charles Sidney Atteberry.

Unit/Placed in, US Infantry.

Camp Cabanatuan

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.


Brazil Maru

The Brazil Maru was a Hell Ship for POW Transport.

After the “Hellship Oryoku Maru” was bombed at Fernando, Philippines (15 dec. 1944) The POWs were embarked to the “Hellships Enoura and Brazil Maru.

Although The ship had been hauling livestock, no attempt has been made to clean out the manure prior to the boarding of the prisoners, nor was any food for the prisoners loaded.

It departed on 14 January 1945 bound for Moji, Japan where it arrived on January 29. An estimated 500 prisoners died aboard Brazil Maru during the voyage from Takao to Moji.

Brazil Maru was sunk by a mine at Kobe on 12 May 1945.


Charles is born approx. on 19 June 1918 in Greenleaf, Idaho.

Father, Orville E. Atteberry.

Mother, Jane G. Atteberry.

Sister(s), Leora A. Atteberry.

Brother(s), Linsy A. and Lloyd e. Atteberry.


Charles enlisted the service in Idaho with service number # 0-890120.


Charles died on board the “Hell ship Brazil Maru” on transport to Moji, Japan on 17 Jan. 1945, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Marksman Ship Badge, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


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

Walls of the missing.

He has also a Memorial Grave at Lower Boise Cemetery, Parma, Canyon County, Idaho, USA.


Thanks to,

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 Cabanatuan
Memorial POW Camp Cabanatuan
Brazil Maru
Brazil Maru Holds
His rank Second Lieutenant
P.O.W. Medal