Hell Ship: Arisan Maru


Spornitz, Sgt. John C.

Sgt. John C. Spornitz was born in 1916 in North Dakota to Walter & Elizabeth Spornitz. He grew up in Jenkins, Minnesota, and worked as a carpenter in building construction. At some point, he joined the Minnesota National Guard in

Read More »

Stickel, Cpl. Howard F.

Cpl. Howard F. Stickel was born on October 2, 1917, in Ohio, and was one of four sons born to William A. Stickel and Elenore Zwilling-Stickel. With his three brothers, he was raised at 556 South 4th Street in Columbus,

Read More »

Talley, PFC Herman

PFC Herman Talley was born on June 26, 1922, in Fordsville, Kentucky. He was one of five children born to Lawrence O. Talley & Zuma Mosley-Talley. Besides Herman, only one sister and brother would reach adulthood. He was living in

Read More »

Wierzchon, S/Sgt. Joseph J. Jr.

S/Sgt. Joseph J. Wierzchon Jr. was born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1915 to Joseph J. Wierzchon Sr. & Frances Wierzchon. He grew up in Toledo and lived at 1421 Pinewood Avenue and was a member of the Ohio National Guard

Read More »
Bataan Pproject - Cpl. Howard Milton Wodrich

Wodrich, Cpl. Howard M.

Cpl. Howard Milton Wodrich was one of four children born to Otto and Helen Wodrich. He was born on September 1, 1919, in Oak Harbor, Ohio, and was raised in Port Clinton, Ohio, at 230 Adams Street with his two

Read More »

Zimmerman, PFC George

PFC George Zimmerman was born in Yugoslavia in 1915 to Philip Zimmerman and Magdalene Elder-Zimmerman. He was the youngest of the couple’s three children. At some point, his family immigrated to the United States, where they settled in Madison, Ohio,

Read More »