|Birth: ||Apr. 13, 1917|
|Death: ||Oct. 24, 1944|
Pvt. Daniel J. Boni was an Illinois National Guardsman called to federal duty as a member of B Company, 192nd Tank Battalion. He was sent to the Philippine Islands where he fought in some of the first tank battles of WWII involving American tanks. When Bataan surrendered to the Japanese, he escaped to Corregidor. He became a Prisoner of War on May 6, 1942. He was held at Cabanatuan POW Camp and the Bachrach Garage Detail in Manila. On October 10, 1944, he was boarded onto the Arisan Maru which was a Japanese "Hell Ship". The POWs were held in the holds for eleven days until the ship sailed for Formosa. On October 24, 1944, in the late afternoon, the ship was hit by two torpedos from an American submarine. The Japanese refused to rescue the POWs as the ship sank. Of the 1803 POWs on the ship, only nine survived the sinking.
Daniel Boni was the cousin of Sgt. Robert Bronge of B Company, 192nd Tank Battalion. Robert Bronge also died as a POW.
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Proviso East High School Bataan Commemorative Research Project
Daniel Boni (1891 - 1955)
Phyllis Bronge Boni (1898 - 1936)
Note: Entered the service from Illinois.
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
Created by: JimO
Record added: Aug 03, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55817577
Added: Mar. 17, 2011