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PFC Robert S. Ainsworth
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Birth: Oct., 1918
Columbus
Franklin County
Ohio, USA
Death: Oct. 24, 1944

Pfc. Robert Ainsworth was drafted into the U.S. Army and assigned to Hq Company, 192nd Tank Battalion at Fort Knox, Kentucky, during his basic training. 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 became a Prisoner of War. He took part in the death march from Mariveles to San Fernando. He was held at Camp O'Donnell and Cabanatuan POW Camps.
On October 10, 1944, he was boarded onto the Arisan Maru. 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.

For more information, go to:
Proviso East High School Bataan Commemorative Research Project
 
 
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 Parents:
  David Wesley Ainsworth (1882 - 1956)
  Virgie Ainsworth (1888 - 1954)
 
Note: Entered the service from Ohio.
 
Burial:
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Manila
Metro Manila
National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
 
Maintained by: JimO
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56764501
PFC Robert S. Ainsworth
Added by: JimO
 
PFC Robert S. Ainsworth
Added by: JimO
 
PFC Robert S. Ainsworth
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- JimO
 Added: May. 26, 2012

- Kay and Duane Douglass
 Added: Jul. 12, 2014
Home of record: Franklin County, Ohio...Your service and sacrifice must never be forgotten.
- Eric Ackerman
 Added: Jun. 5, 2014
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