In May 1942 the Japanese began transferring POWs by sea. Similar to treatment on the Bataan Death March, prisoners were often crammed into cargo holds with little air, food or water for journeys that would last weeks. Many died due to asphyxia, starvation or dysentery. Some POWs became delirious and unresponsive in their environment of heat, humidity, and lack of oxygen, food, and water. These unmarked prisoner transports were targeted as enemy ships by Allied submarines and aircraft.
More than 20,000 Allied POWs died at sea when the transport ships carrying them were attacked by Allied submarines and aircraft. Although Allied headquarters often knew of the presence of POWs through radio interception and code breaking, the ships were sunk because interdiction of critical strategic materials was more important than the lives of prisoners-of-war, and because Allied leaders feared that a pattern of sparing POW ships might lead the Japanese to use prisoners as human shields on valuable targets. [Source: Wikipedia]
Cpl. William Sherman Allen Born: 8 August 1918 – Union Star, Missouri Parents: William E. & Margaret Allen Siblings: 2 sisters, 1 brother Hometown: 6708 Kings Hill Avenue – Saint Joseph, Missouri Education: Benton High School – Class of 1936
PFC Floyd Tilen Allen Born: 23 December 1919 – Saint Louis, Missouri Parents: Unknown Siblings: 1 sister Nickname: Tilen Widower Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri Occupation: Civilian Conservation Corps Enlisted: – U. S. Army – 12 October 1939 – Jefferson Barracks,
Sgt. Albert Leroy Allen Jr. was born on February 26, 1920, in Mansfield, Ohio, and was the son of Albert L. Allen Sr. and Beulah Allen and lived at 21 Linden Road in Mansfield. He was a 1938 graduate of
Capt. Jack Cary Altman Born: 1911 – Pitsburg County, Oklahoma Parents: Abram Altman & Nellie Mumaw-Altman – parents divorced – father married Maud Allison Residence: McAlister, Oklahoma Siblings: 1 half-sister, 3 brothers Education: Oklahoma Military Academy – Class of 1927
Cpl. John F. Alves Jr. Born: 7 June 1918 – Fresno County, California Parents: John F. Alves Sr. & Amelia Alves Siblings: 2 sisters Home: 1099 R.F.D 1 – Salinas, California Occupation: farmer Selective Service Registration: 16 October 1940 –
Cpl. John Norman Andersen Born: 12 October 1918 – Illinois Parents: Mr. Robert Andersen and Mrs. Carrie Andersen Home: 407 California Street – Salinas, California – Selective Service Registration – 16 October 1940 – Contact: Mrs. Carrie Andersen – mother
Sgt. Leroy Clark Anderson was the son of Erwin and Emma Anderson and was born on April 7, 1918. He was raised in a house, with his sister, that his father built at 623 Briody Street in Burlington, Wisconsin. When
Sgt. Milan Elroy Anderson Born: 19 June 1919 – Montana Parents: Albert & Hilda Anderson Siblings: 1 sister, 1 brother Hometown: 1713 Oak Street – Brainerd, Minnesota Occupation: assistant manager – theater Enlisted: Minnesota National Guard – 1938 Inducted: –
1st/Sgt. John Robert Andrews was born in June or July 1917 in Ottawa County, Ohio, to John Andres & Mary Ondrik-Andres who were immigrants from Czechoslovakia. With his four sisters and three brothers, he grew up at 330 Maple Street
Pvt. Joseph Nicholas Angelone was born in 1915 in Rockaway Beach, New York City, New York, to Nicholas & Catherine Angelone. With his two brothers and sister, he grew up at 180 Beach 85th Street, Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York.
Sgt. Elzie Elworth Anness was born on August 4, 1921, in Springtown, Kentucky, to Omar W. Anness & Margaret Harlow-Anness, and was raised, with his two sisters and two brothers, at 313 Tabler Avenue in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. He left school
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