Rank and Name, Private First Class Albert M. Taylor.
Unit/Placed in, 60th Coast Artillery Regiment.
Camp Nielson Field (former “Filipino Army Airbase”)
The Imperial Japanese began their Invasion in the Philippines on 8 Dec 1941.
The Serviceman resorted to fighting together among American and Filipino forces when compelled to surrender on 9 Apr 1942.
He became a POW and was imprisoned at Pow Camp Nielson Field (no record)near Clark Field, and went on transport to Japan with the “Hellship Arisan Maru” but they never arrived.
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.
Albert is born approx. on 1920 in Pennsylvania.
Albert enlisted the service in Illinois with service number # 16041183.
Albert died onboard the Arisan Maru when it was torpedoed on 24 Oct. 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.
Albert 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.com ww2-europe.com
Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.
ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov
Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/ Geoffrey Roecker
Seabees History Bob Smith https://seabeehf.org/
Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org
POW Info, http://www.mansell.com Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.
Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano
Navy Seal Memorial, http://www.navysealmemorials.com
Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org
Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com
Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/