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BrazilMaruIn 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.
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Mefford, PFC Homer F. Jr.

PFC Homer Franklin Mefford Jr. was born on November 1, 1917, in Huntsville, Kentucky, to Homer F. Mefford Sr. and Mary P. Sweazey-Mefford. He was

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McMichael, PFC Herbert P.

PFC Herbert Pershing McMichael was born on August 2, 1918, in Frontier County, Nebraska, to Richard C. McMichael and Julia McCarl-McMichael, and had seven sisters

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McKusick, Sgt. Joseph C.

Sgt. Joseph Clarence McKusick was born on November 18. 1919, in San Luis Obispo, California, to Clarence W. McKusick and Romelda Pedraita-McKusick. He and his

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McKnight, PFC Thomas W.

PFC Thomas William McKnight was born on June 16, 1918, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Thomas K. McKnight and Mary D. Bradley-McKnight. With his two sisters

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On November 25, 1940, the tank company was called to federal service as D Company, 192nd Tank Battalion. The company boarded 10 trucks in Harrodsburg on November 28th and its tanks were loaded onto a flatcar and taken by train to Ft. Knox. The company left Harrodsburg at 12:30 P.M. arriving about four hours later at 4:30 P.M.
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McKinney, Pvt. Ernest L.

Pvt. Ernest Lee McKinney was born on October 3, 1918, in Elberton, Washington, to Thomas McKinney and Annie Maude Stairrett-McKinney. He had two sisters and

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McKeon, Cpl. William V.

Cpl. William Vincent McKeon was born on May 5, 1905, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Michael and Alice McKeon. With his two brothers and sister,

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McKenzie, PFC Charles D.

PFC Charles Doyle McKenzie was born on February 10, 1924, in Greenup County, Kentucky, to Ray McKenzie and Virgie Clark-McKenzie. With his two sisters and

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Moczarny, Pvt. Joseph A.

Pvt. Joseph Andrew Moczarny was born on September 18, 1913, in Armstrong Creek, Wisconsin, to Antoni Moczarny and Victoria Katarzyna-Moczarny who were Polish immigrants. He

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Moffitt, Capt. Fred C.

Capt. Fred Charles Moffitt was born on October 16, 1903, in Salinas, California, to William H. Moffitt and Annie McClure-Moffitt, and had one brother and

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Mogyorosi, Pvt. George E.

Pvt. George Edward Mogyorosi was born on July 17, 1923, in Cleveland, Ohio, to George and Susan Mogyorosi, who were Hungarian immigrants, and had one

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