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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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Molaro, Pvt. Louis

Pvt. Louis Molaro was born on April 17, 1916, in the Bronx, New York City, New York, and was the son of Salvatore Molaro and

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Moodt, Pvt. George W.

Pvt. George Walter Moodt was born on July 8, 1918, in Hartsgrove Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio, to Ralph Moodt and Sarah Mueller-Moodt, who were Hungarian

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Moody, Pvt. August J.

What is known about Private August James Moody is that he was born on April 12, 1918, in Rowan County, Kentucky. He was the son

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Moore, Pvt. Albert B.

Pvt. Albert Bland Moore was born on July 15, 1920, in Mackville, Kentucky, to Robert L. Moore and Gertrude A. Roberts-Moore. He was raised in

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McGuire, Pvt. Francis I.

Pvt. Francis Ignacius McGuire was born on April 26, 1917, in Tooele County, Utah, to Bartholomew McGuire and Mary Duffy-McGuire. With his two brothers and

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McGill, Pvt. Raymond H.

Pvt. Raymond Hayden McGill was born on July 12, 1920, in Caddo County, Oklahoma, to Joseph A. McGill and Callie Thomas-McGill. With his sister and

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Morgan, Pvt. Ira C.

Pvt. Ira Clifton Morgan was born on March 22, 1913, in Daingerfield, Texas, to Rudolph W. Morgan and Lucy B. Galloupe-Morgan. He had two sisters

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Morley, Major John C.

Major John Coffinberry Morley was the oldest of five children born to Lieutenant Commander John Edward Morley and Nadine Morgan Coffinberry-Morley. He was born in

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