USA, lived, , Fk-1, , Jinsen, , Maryland, Burr, Richard H. , 1st Lt, O&407971, Eng, 21st Engr Bn (PA), CO, USA, Corps, USA, 1/10/45, II, , , , , Washington, Willeford, Lee V., Pvt, 19051248, CAC, 59th CA Regt, G 'Btry, USA, Watertown, New York, Lynch, John Joseph, 2nd Lt, O&426890, AC, 7th Matl Sqdn, , USA, 1/9/45, I, lived, II, Fk-1, , Jinsen, Baltimore, Maryland, Shrout, Sanford , WT1c, 2872129, USN, USS Luzon, , USA, lived, , KMH, Stewart, Minnesota, Kramer, Joseph E. , Lt Col, O&108291, , , , USA, lived, II, Fk-1, , Jinsen, 12/15/44, I, , , , Portland, Oregon, Hagstrom, Alfred S. , PhM2c, 2072157, USN, 4th Marine Regt, , USA, lived, , Fk-4, , , , New York, Glassburn, Robert D., Maj, O&18730, CAC, 60th CA Regt (AA), F Btry (CO), Nearly 200 others were killed in the bombing or shot in the water as they tried to escape. The Oryoku Maru, attacked Dec. 15, 1944, was just one of about 20 such Japanese ships carrying prisoners that were sunk by Allied forces unaware they were killing their own men. Oryoku Maru December 13, 1944: 1,619 prisoners packed into three holds • Crowding, poor ventilation, no sanitation, illness December 14: US Navy aircraft attack Oryoku Maru at sea • Beaches in Subic bay; POWs fend for themselves on board December 15: US aircraft attack again, causing explosion III, , , , San Francisco, California, Curran, James R. , 2nd Lt, O&417946, AC, 2nd Obsn Sqdn, , USA, lived, II, , , Georgia, McNair, Joseph E. , 1st Lt, O&890558, , QMC, MT SVC, USA, 1/13/45, I, , , , Jinsen, Baltimore , Maryland, George, Paul T. , 1st Lt, O&343347, AC, 7th Matl Sqdn, , USA, 2/10/45, I, Fairfacts, Missouri, Clark, Golland L. Jr., Capt, 5615, USMC, 4th Marine Regt, Hq Co 1st Bn, , , , , Texas, Snell, David M. , 1st Lt, O&367977, AC, , , USA, lived, II, Fk-1, , Jinsen, USA, lived, , Fk-17, , Fk-17, New Orleans, Louisiana, Wallace, Harold A. , Capt, O&373462, Inf, 45th Inf Regt (PS)  , , 1/26/45, , , , , Richmond, West Virginia, Hudson, Jack D. , S/Sgt, 6915847, AC, 20th Purs Sqdn, , USA, 1/30/45, , Mj-P, Marched through the streets of Manila from the Bilibid Pow Camp to Pier 7 for boarding, the prisoners were crammed into the holds, standing room only. Noto Maru carried 1,135 American POWs to Japan in Aug 1944. The prisoners were not so fortunate. Burlington, Iowa, Horowitz, Jay M. , 2nd Lt, O&409900, AC, 93rd Bomb Sqdn, , USA, 1/20/45, II into the forward hold, and Group III into the middle hold. , , , . , Jinsen, Peublo, Colorado, Fansler, Carl G. , 2nd Lt, O&890243, Inf, 53rd Inf Regt (PA), , USA, 12/15/44, I, , , , Deming, New Mexico, Craig, William R. , Lt Col  (MD), O&016963, Med, Hosp #2, , USA, , Fk-17, , Fk-17, Inman, South Carolina, Haynes, William , P/Sgt, 219993, USMC, 4th Marine Regt, B Co 1st Bn, USA, USA, 1/27/45, II, , , , Madera, California, Anderson, William C. Jr., Capt, O&383446, Inf, 57th Inf Regt (PS), F Co, York, Cooper, Joseph W. , Pfc, 14049509, AC, 454th Ord Co (Avn), , USA, 1/17/45, 12/31/44, , , , , , California, Loicano, Louis , Sgt, 6981121, AC, 3rd Weather Sqdn, , USA, lived, , KMH, Nearly 200 others were killed … I, , , , Robinsdale, Minnesota, Tucker, Lee C. , 2nd Lt, O&890142, CAC, 200th CA Regt (AA), , USA, 1/9/45, Sector, USA, 1/7/45, I, , , , San Antonio, Texas, Prickett, William F. , Capt, 5636, USMC, 4th Marine Regt, Hq, USA, lived, van Doorne, Jan , Cpl, M-4468, Roy Neth Marines, , , Dutch, 3/7/45, III, Fk-1, , Jinsen, Detroit, Michigan, Golden, Francis X.P. USA, 1/21/45, II, , , , Weston, Massachussetts, Simmons, Dorris Pickett , CPhM, 3556071, USN, 4th Marine Regt, , USA, While in San Fernando, 15 weak or wounded prisoners were loaded on a truck, believing they would be taken to Bilibid Prison for treatment. 1/9/45, II, , , , Norwood, Ohio, Agne, George W. , Pfc, 6729057, Med, , , USA, 12/15/44, , , , , Alhambra , USA, 1/20/45, II, , , , Rockland, Massachusetts, Douglass, Francis M. , Lt, 71456, USN, Inshore Patrol, Hq, USA, 1/18/45, , California. These heroes were survivors of the infamous "death cruise" of the Oryoku Maru. 1/9/45, II, , , , Forsyth, Missouri, Akins, William T. , 2nd Lt, O&426546, AC, 20th Purs Sqdn, , USA, lived, Fk-17, , Fk-17, Adrian, Michigan, Hase, James O. , 1st Lt, O&394987, Inf, 45th Inf Regt (PS), , USA, 1/9/45, All material on this page is copyrighted by James W. Erickson. lived, , Fk-17, , Fk-17, St. Paul, Minnesota, Kusek, George J. , Pvt, 18003438, Med, Hosp #2, , USA, lived, , Fk-17, , 12/15/44, II, , , , Boone, Iowa, Brown, Earl R. , 1st Sgt, 20842581, CAC, 515th CA Regt (AA), 1st Bn Hq, Bentz, Louis I. Jr., 1st Lt, O&398298, Inf, 92nd Inf Regt (PA), , USA, Jinsen, Honolulu, Hawaii, Ney, Ralph S. , PhM2C, 4143778, USN, 4th Marine Regt, 2nd Bn Hq, USA, lived, II, Fk-1, , Jinsen, York, Pennsylvania. Phillipines, Schwartz, Jack W. , Lt Col  (MD), O&017823, Med, Hosp #2, , USA, Houston, Texas, Sheeley, Charles A. Survived the sinking of Oryoku Maru Beecher, Lt. Col. Curtis T. Lt. Col. Curtis Thurston Beecher was born on October 28, 1897, in Chicago, Illinois, to Bryant L. Beecher and Grace Thurston-Beecher. Fk-17, Biloxi, Mississippi, Polla, Hector J. , 1st Lt, O&024016, Inf, 57th Inf Regt (PS), C Co, USA, Soudan, Minnesota, O'Brien, Edward J. , 2nd Lt, 2341218, Inf, Inf or CAC?, , USA, 12/15/44, 1/10/45, II, , , , Spencer , Wisconsin, McKeever, Arch M. , Lt Col, O&199234, , VMF, Hq, USA, 12/15/44, I, , , , I, Fk-3, , Mukden, St. Joseph, Missouri, Rivet, Louis J.  , S/Sgt, 11023628, AC, 28th Matl Sqdn, , USA, Jinsen, , Iowa, Boellner, Arden R. , Lt Col, O&134040, Inf, Mindanao Force, Cagayan USA, lived, I, Fk-3, , Mukden, El Paso, Texas, Powell, Francis B. , Pvt, 18035330, Med, 31st Inf Regt (US) Med, Med, USA, , , , Missouri, McBride, Harold R. , 2nd Lt, O&890291, Inf, 3rd Inf Regt (PA), , USA, Warning Det, USA, 1/9/45, II, , , , Abbotsford, Wisconsin, Schaeffer, Max W. , Maj, 4357, USMC, 4th Marine Regt, Svc Co, USA, �Joe�, Lt Col, O&015632, FA, 41st FA Regt (PA), , USA, 1/9/45, II, , , , Perryten, Texas, Fugate, Robert B. , 1st Lt, O&405907, FA, 88th FA Regt (PS), , USA, 1/24/45, II, , , , Pikesville, Maryland, Warren, Miller P. Jr. "Boots", Maj, O&019280, Inf, 21st Div (PA), , USA, Harbor, Formosa. Oryoku Maru This vessel, a Japanese Cargo ship, named after the Yalu River was used by the Japanese as a troop- and prisoners of war transport ship during World War II ( Hell ship ). The ship was actually believed to be a new cabin type vessel used for luxury trips on the orient. The ship was actually believed to be a new cabin type vessel used for luxury trips on the orient. Jinsen, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania. 1/22/45, II, , , , St. Paul, Minnesota, Hunt, J. USA, 2/5/45, I, Fk-3, , , Deming, New Mexico, Sherman, Hyman V., 2nd Lt, O&406495, QMC, , , USA, 12/23/44, I, , , , Los Some died from suffocation or dehydration. Fk-3, , Mukden, McAlister, Oklahoma, Bryant, Alton H. , 2nd Lt, O&411932, AC, 28th Bomb Sqdn, , USA, 1/22/45, II, Fk-1, , Jinsen, Lubbock , Texas, Alder, Dwayne W. , 1st Lt, O&364807, FA, 11th FA Regt (PA),  , USA, Arkansas, Walker, Allan B. , 1st Lt, O&890149, CAC, 200th CA Regt (AA), , USA, 1/16/45, I, , , , Putnam, Connecticut, Thomas, Frank C. , 2nd Lt, O&890156, CAC, 515th CA Regt (AA), H Btry, USA, II, , , , Oxnard, California, Mills, Loyd E. , Capt, O&382807, Inf, 57th Inf Regt (PS), C Co, USA, Utah, Rathblott, Irving , 1st Lt, O&402449, , Phil Dept, QM Det, USA, 1/9/45, I, lived, I, Fk-3, , Mukden, Temple, Texas, Somerville, Erven C. , Maj, O&018734, CAC, 91st CA (PS), G Btry, USA, USA, 12/15/44, I, , , , Syracuse, New York, Holloway-Cook, William T. , Lt Col, O&247424, , Mindanao Force, Hq, USA, 12/15/44, I, , , , , Washington, Stewart, Sidney J.  , Cpl, 3802162, Med, , , USA, lived, , KMH, , Maibara 10B, , Brewster, William H. , 2nd Lt, O&426551, AC, 3rd Purs Sqdn, , USA, , , , , PR-Fredrichsted, Norway, Andrews, Graham H. , Pfc, 6933454, Med, Hosp #2, , USA, lived, , Fk-1, , 12/15/44, I, , , , Portland, Oregon. Fk-4, , Fk-4, Ridgeway, Ohio, Shearn, Charles P. , Maj, O&312230, AC, USFIP, Hq, USA, 12/15/44, I, , , , 1/30/45, I, Mj-P, , , Utice, New York, Macon, John H. , Capt, O&348926, Inf, 101st Inf Regt (PA), , USA, 1/9/45, Brimo, Joseph A. , 1st Lt, O&890003, Inf, South Luzon Force, Hq Co (Asst USA, 1/27/45, II, , , , Stoneham, Massachusetts, Darling, Gerald L. , 1st Lt, O&367967, CAC, 200th CA Regt (AA), H Btry, Bn, USA, 1/9/45, II, , , , Los Angeles, California, Nyquist, Eugene J. , 2nd Lt, W&2101199, QMC, , , USA, 12/15/44, I, , , , Florida, Gray, Billy B. , Pvt, 14042417, Med, Hosp #2, , USA, 1/23/45, , , , , lived, II, Fk-1, , Jinsen, Sherman Oaks, California, Montgomery, Hampden E. , Lt Col, O&017271, Inf, 45th Inf Regt (PS), , USA, Ōryoku Maru (鴨緑丸, named after Yalu River) was a Japanese passenger cargo ship which was commissioned by the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II as a troop transport and prisoner of war (POW) transport ship. Washington, Cohen, Maurice Herman, 2nd Lt, O&419351, AC, , , USA, 12/15/44, I, , , , , Stockton, California, Zerfas, Mathias E. , Chpln Capt, O&382274, Cav., 26th Cav Regt (PS), Chicago, Illinois, Luther, John H. , PhM2C, 3165820, USN, Canacao Naval Hosp, , USA, lived, Fk-17, Chula Vista, California, Swensen, Melvin R. , 1st Lt, O&375788, AC, 27th Bomb Gp (L), Hq & Hq Sqdn, , Washington, D.C. Lochridge, Alvin L. , Capt, O&264654, Inf, , , USA, 1/21/45, I, , , , , lived, II, Fk-1, , Jinsen, Pueblo, Colorado, Shelton, Ford , Pfc, 14043804, CWS, , , USA, lived, , Fk-4, , Fk-4, Cane , , Heayener, Oklahoma, Black, Harry B. , 2nd Lt, O&391973, Inf, 192nd Tank Bn, B Co, USA, , , , , Oklahoma, Hair, John Gilbert , Civilian, none, , , , USA, 1/21/45, III, , , , men escaped during the evacuation of the. 27 December 1944-January 6 1945. Bridget, Francis J. , Lt Cmndr, 19086, USN, Naval Bn Mariveles, CO, USA, Oryoku Maru was an Imperial Japanese Hell Ship with about 1600 Allied POWs and was sunk in Olongapo in Dec. 1944. lived, , Fk-1, , Jinsen, , Illinois, Campbell, Harry R. , Civilian, none, , AGO, , USA, 12/15/44, , , , , The POW accounting effort ended November 15, 1947, when the "death lists of Prisoners of War of Allied nationalities who died on route during the transfer from the Philippines to Japan Proper aboard the Japanese Prisoner of War Transport ships, the Oryoku Maru, the Enoura Maru, and the Brazil Maru" were approved. Kentucky, Goodpaster, Roy E. , Pfc, 20523455, , 192nd Tank Bn, D Co, USA, 4/8/45, , San Diego, California, Underwood, Melvin E. , Lt Col, O&355208, FIN, Manila Finance Office USFIP, Plymouth, California, Mitchell, Floyd A. , Lt Col, O&015535, CAC, 91st CA Regt (PS), XO, USA, 12/15/44, , , , , San Diego, California, Carothers, Sam E. , Capt, O&319883, FA, 88th FA Regt (PS), , USA, 1/23/45, III, , , , Dover, New Hampshire, Henson, Lewis H. , Pfc, 14009498, Med, 91st Bomb Sqdn, Med, USA, 1/9/45, , 12/23/44, I, , , , Los Angeles, California, Edmands, Howard J. , Lt Col, O&011805, , Cebu Brigade, MP Co (CO), USA, 1/31/45, I, KMH, , , Oakland, California, Rosenthal, Herbert J.  , Lt, 63983, USN, , , USA, 1/23/45, II, , , , 1/9/45, , , , , , California, Hazlett, Hugh J. , 1st Lt, O&314149, AC, 28th Matl Sqdn, , USA, 12/15/44, There were many Hell Ships in the Japanese floatilla, it was a name given to any Japanese vessel carrying Prisoners Of War. Fk-17, Indio, California, Johnston, Howard D. , Pfc, 17007418, CAC, 59th CA Regt, F Btry, USA, current version does not include references, but specific information is 1/25/45, II, , , , Pasadena, California, Quinn, Calvin Donald, 2nd Lt, O&890466, Inf, 92nd Inf Regt (PA), , USA, , , St. Paul, Minnesota, O'Neal, Norris , Capt, O&281672, Inf, , , USA, 1/13/45, I, , , , Hope, Tokyo, Japan. , , , , Lancaster, South Carolina, Stempin, Harry J. , 1st Lt, O&377302, Inf, 57th Inf Regt (PS), , USA, England, Hargrove, Jack , Pvt, 14026210, Med, 16th Bomb Sqdn, Med, USA, lived, , USA, 1/9/45, II, , , , Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Leitner, Henry D. , Capt, O&352141, , 92nd Inf Regt (PA), , USA, 2/17/45, USA, 1/26/45, I, , , , Mora, New Mexico, Melvin, Jack L. , 2nd Lt, O&953160, FA, 23rd Inf Regt (PA), , USA, 12/15/44, , , , , , Kentucky, Dixon, Frank L. , Capt, O&265493, Med, Cebu Brigade, Med Supply Depot, In mid-December 1944: //www.mansell.com/pow_resources/about.htm, Summary table 1 horror to come: they were by! 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