Hell Ship: Arisan Maru

Arisan Maru

10 October 1944 – 24 October 44

Arisan Maru was a 6,886 GRT Type 2A freighter constructed in 1944 during World War II and was one of Imperial Japan‘s hell ships. The vessel, named for a mountain on Formosa, was initially used as a troop transport. The vessel was then turned over for use for the transportation of prisoners of war (POWs) from the Philippines to Manchuria, China or Japan. On October 24, 1944 the ship was torpedoed by an American submarine and sank. Of the 1,781 POWs aboard, all of them escaped the sinking ship but were not rescued by the Japanese. In the end, only nine of the prisoners survived the sinking.

Bennett, 2nd Lt. Charles E.

What is known about 2nd Lt. Charles Edward Bennett is that he was from Louisville, Kentucky, and lived at 826 Randolph Avenue. Since he was not on the battalion’s roster at Fort Knox, he may have joined the battalion at

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Boni, Pvt. Daniel J.

Pvt. Daniel J. Boni was born to Daniel F. Boni and Phyllis Bronge-Boni on April 13, 1917. He grew up at 1419 North Broadway Avenue in Melrose Park, Illinois, and was known as “Danny” to his family and friends.  His

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Boyce, Pvt. George H.

Pvt. George Harmon Boyce was born on February 5, 1918, in Thomas, Dewey County, Oklahoma, and was the youngest of seven children born to Roy and Nellie Boyce. What is known about his early childhood was that his mother died

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Boyd, M/Sgt. William G.

M/Sgt. William Giles Boyd was born in 1904 in Tennessee and was the son of Hezekiah and Louise Pinkston-Giles-Boyd. It is known he had two sisters and a brother. When he was a child, his parents died leaving him to

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Boysen, Pvt. Adam T.

Pvt. Adam Thayer Boysen was the son of Alfred B. Boysen and Gladdis I. Thayer-Boysen. He was born on July 12, 1918, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Sometime between 1925 and 1930, Adam’s parents divorced, and he and his mother moved

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Brewer, PFC Hubert O.

What is known about PFC Hubert Oris Brewer is that he was born on February 27, 1921, in Onia, Stone County, Arkansas. He was the son of Floyd D. Brewer and Gertha E. Lawrence-Brewer and lived in Lamar, Arkansas, as

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Brown, PFC Charles R.

PFC Charles R. Brown was born on December 16, 1922, in New Martinsville, West Virginia. By 1930, he was living with his grandparents, Josiah and Maud McVaney in Upshur County, West Virginia.

On January 7, 1941, he enlisted into the

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Brown, Sgt. Vincent R.

Sgt. Vincent Russell Brown was born on November 19, 1917, in Greene County, Ohio. He was the son of Blaine Brown and Marie V. Condon-Brown. With his two sisters, he grew up on Route 20 in Mentor Township, Lake County,

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Buggs, PFC Melvin E.

PFC Melvin Emil Buggs was the son of Emil W. Buggs and Helen Ohi-Buggs and was born on September 11, 1919. Along with his brothers Harold and Lester, he was raised at 618 South Academy Street in Janesville, Wisconsin. In

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Burke, Pvt. John F.

Pvt. John Francis Burke was born on January 21, 1921, and was the second of seven children born to Peter J. and Evelyn Burke. He grew up at 1126 South Cherry Street in Janesville, and by the age of sixteen,

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Bussell, Sgt. Vernon H.

Sgt. Vernon Harold Bussell was born on July 1, 1921, in Harlan County, Kentucky, to James D. Bussell and Clara Mae Peace-Bussell. He was one of the couple’s three sons. His family lived outside of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, where he worked

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Cahill, PFC Martin A.

PFC Martin Anthony Cahill was born on February 24, 1918, in San Francisco, California, to William & Lena Cahill. With his two brothers and two sisters, he grew up in San Francisco. While he was in high school, his family

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