Hell Ship: Shinyo Maru

Avila, Pvt. John

Pvt. John Avila on December 8, 1914, in Erath County, Texas.  He was living in Dallas County, Texas when he was inducted into the army. He did his basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and was sent to Camp Polk,

Read More »
BiddleWilliam

Biddle, PFC William E.

What is known about PFC William Esco Biddle is that he was born on October 16, 1922, in Vincennes, Indiana. He was the youngest of three children born to Esco W. Biddle and Pearl Walker-Biddle. He grew up Clinton, Indiana,

Read More »

Giddens, Pvt. Melvin S.

 

Pvt. Melvin S. Giddens was born on January 25, 1918, in Carbury, Florida. He was the youngest of three sons of Martin C. Giddens and Mary F. Green-Giddens. His mother died not too long after he was born. His father

Read More »

Gillman, Pvt. Uhlan

Pvt. Uhlan Gillman was born on October 22, 1919, in Barnabus, Logan County, West Virginia. He was the son of Comfort Gillman and Roxie Curry-Gillman and had two sisters and two brothers. He was inducted into the army on August

Read More »

Hall, PFC Willard E.

PFC Willard Ewalt Hall 
Born: 8 November 1920 – Baker, Oregon 
Parents: John Hall and Elizabeth Hall 
Siblings: 1 step-sister 
Home: 1603 Cherry Street, LeGrande, Union County, Oregon 
Occupation: unemployed 
Enlisted: 
– Oregon National Guard 
– discharged
Selective Service Registration:

Read More »

Horne, Cpl. Ernest M.

Cpl. Ernest M. Horne was the son of James H. and Mamie Langley-Horne. He was born on September 25, 1915, and had three brothers and one sister. His mother died in 1923, and by 1930, he and his brothers were

Read More »
Hurndon

Hurndon, Pvt. James H. Jr.

Pvt. James Henry Hurndon Jr. was born in Milstead, Georgia, on February 4, 1922, to James H. Hurdon Sr. and Eliza Ellen Rousey-Hurndon and had three sisters and a brother. In 1940, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, while his

Read More »
Lafon C

Lafon, 2nd Lt. Harry R. Jr.

2nd Lt. Harry Ricker Lafon Jr. was born in Virginia around 1919 and was the son of Harry R. Lafon Sr. and Katherine Mallon-Lafon. He later lived in Harriman, Tennessee, and Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Harry met Helen Frankie McCamish while they

Read More »
LamkinJ11

Lamkin, PFC Joseph P.

PFC Joseph Peter Lamkin was born in Minnesota on October 17, 1921, to Frank Lamkin and Dorothy Moody-Lamkin in North Dakota. He was from Brainerd, Minnesota, and grew up at 808 Willow Street. He joined the Minnesota National Guard in

Read More »
Leonard_Harold

Leonard, Pvt. Hugh J.

Pvt. Hugh Jackson Leonard was born on December 31, 1915, in Mercer County, Kentucky, to Bessie E. Walston-Leonard and Jackson H. Leonard and was one of the couple’s three sons. With his brothers, he grew up in Perryville, Kentucky. Like

Read More »
MaghanR11

Maghan, PFC Roy E.

PFC Roy Elmer Maghan was born on February 11, 1915, in Bay Lake, Minnesota, to Arthur M. Maghan and Eva Lou Hunt-Maghan. He grew up in Brainerd, Minnesota, and with his sister and brother, attended local schools. He was a

Read More »
McComas

McComas, Sgt. James F.

Sgt. James Francis McComas was born on June 6, 1920, in Brained, Minnesota, to Walter J. McComas and Elizabeth Koering-McComas. With his two sisters and three brothers, he grew up at 201 Third Avenue Northeast in Brainerd.

At some point,

Read More »