Roster: Hell Ship

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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Brokaw
194th - C Co.

Brokaw, Sgt. Glenn D.

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17th Ordnance Company

Brosnan, PFC Irvin M.

PFC Irvin Martin Brosnan
Born: 23 February 1919 – Los Angeles, California
Parents: Martin F. Brosnan & Catherine McFarlan-Brosnan
Siblings: 1 sister, 1 brother
Hometown: Trona, California
Occupation: American Potash Chemical Corporation – San Bernandino, California
Selective Service Registration: 16

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17th Ordnance Company

Broussard, Pvt. Albert G.

Pvt. Albert Gray Broussard
Born: 25 May 1915 – Bunkie, Louisana
Parents: Louis Broussard & Sallie Meadows-Broussard
– mother died in 1927
– father remarried
– father also passed away
Home: 1922 Levin Street – Alexandria, Louisiana
– 1940 –

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194th - A Co.

Brown, Cpl. Alpheus W.

Cpl. Alpheus Ward Brown
Born: 23 August 1919 – Orleans, Iowa
Parents: William H. Brown & Lois O. Edwards-Brown
Siblings: 3 sisters, 2 brothers
Lived: Superior, Iowa – 1930
Hometown: Lake Hubert, Minnesota
– living with his two brothers
Occupation:

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17th Ordnance Company

Brown, PFC Charles R.

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17th Ordnance Company

Brown, PFC. John D.

PFC. John D. Brown
Born: 9 December 1918 – Hancock County, Kentucky
Parents: Ivory & Anna Brown
– parents divorced after 1925
Siblings: 1 sister
Hometown: Lewisport, Kentucky
Education: completed grade school
Occupation: farmer
Enlisted:
– U. S. Army

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192nd - C Co.

Brown, Sgt. Vincent R.

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192nd - HQ Co.

Bruce, Pvt. Paul H.

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192nd - D Co.

Bruce, Pvt. Tansell E.

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192nd - HQ Co.

Brummett, Pvt. Grover C.

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192nd - HQ Co.

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192nd - C Co.

Bryant, Pvt. James M.

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