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.

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Cale, Pvt. Lester C.

Pvt. Lester Carl Cale was born on October 1, 1915, in Cleveland, Ohio. He was the son of Alfred E. Cale and Lillian Radloff-Cale and was the second oldest of three sons. It is known that his family resided at

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Callison, Pvt. Wilbur C.

Pvt. Wilbur Childs Callison was the son of Albert A. Callison and Clara M. Stuber-Callison. He was born on August 25, 1918, in Isabella County, Michigan. It is known that he had two brothers, one who died at age ten,

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Canby, Major Charles S.

Major Charles S. Canby was born on July 23, 1895, in Saint Joseph, Missouri. He was the son of Charles B. Canby and Josephine Spencer-Canby and grew up in St. Joseph. It is known that Canby fought in the Mexican

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Carter, PFC James M.

PFC James Melvin Carter was born on August 25, 1919, in Graves County, Kentucky, and was the son of Henry D. Carter and Regina Lois Ballard-Carter. With his six brothers and two sisters, he grew up in Mayfield, Kentucky. He

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Carter, PFC James M.

PFC James Melvin Carter was born on August 25, 1919, in Graves County, Kentucky, and was the son of Henry D. Carter and Regina Lois Ballard-Carter. With his six brothers and two sisters, he grew up in Mayfield, Kentucky. He

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Cichy, Pvt. Anton E.

Pvt. Anton Ervin Cichy was born on February 18, 1914, to John P. Cichy and Emelia Klimek-Cichy in Urbank, Minnesota. With his three brothers and three sisters, he grew up in both Newton Township, Otter Tail County, Minnesota. He worked

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Cloyd, PFC Robert V.

PFC Robert Vernon Cloyd was born on February 15, 1921, in Mercer County, Kentucky, to Vernon Cloyd and Jessie May Smith-Cloyd. With his four sisters and one brother, he grew up outside of Harrodsburg, but in 1940, they were living

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Crick, PFC Ancel E.

PFC Ancel Edgar Crick was born on July 23, 1917, to Sam Crick and Zetta Mae Smith-Crick in Whitley County, Kentucky. It is known he had four sisters and one brother and that he was married and the father of

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Cummins, PFC John L.

PFC John Lewis Cummins’ family resided in Kentucky since the late 1700s. He was born on January 31, 1921, in Mercer County, the oldest of the four children born to Jack Cummins and Mary Bell Dennis-Cummins. He was known as

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Danforth, Pvt. Claude C.

Pvt. Claude C. Danforth 
Born: 16 April 1908 – Cedar Gap, Missouri 
Parents: Hugh and Ada Danforth 
Siblings: 4 sisters, 6 brothers, 1 half-brother 
Home: 11225 Felton Avenue – Sugar Creek, Missouri 
Married: Shirley N. McCarthy – 18 February 1928 

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DiBenedetti, Pvt. Edmund N.

Pvt. Edmund N. DiBenedetti was born in 1920, in France, to Frank DiBenedetti & Alexandrine Morello-DiBenedetti. At some point, his family immigrated to the United States where his brother was born. The family resided at 843 South Main Street in

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Dobson, Pvt. Maxwell S.

Pvt. Maxwell Stephan Dobson was born on September 6, 1915, in Otter Trail, Minnesota, and was the son of William J. Dobson and Florence H. Eastman-Dobson. With his three sisters and six brothers, he was raised in Irondale, Minnesota. For

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