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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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Young M.
194th Tank Battalion

Young, Pvt. Mansfield R.

Pvt. Mansfield Robert Young was born on July 24, 1922, in Megeath, Wyoming to John A. Young and Gertrude Gray-Young, and with his two sisters

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Provisional Tank Group

Zimmerman, PFC George

PFC George Zimmerman was born in Momrock, Yugoslavia on January 21, 1915, to Philip Zimmerman and Magdalene Elder-Zimmerman. He was the youngest of the couple’s

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ZweberR
Provisional Tank Group

Zweber, PFC Roland G.

PFC Roland George Zweber was born on September 13, 1919, in New Market, Minnesota, to Peter V. Zweber and Julia K. Radermarcher-Zweber, and had two

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