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 Joseph Edward Aram

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Joseph Edward Aram

Birth
Santa Cruz County, California, USA
Death 4 Oct 1956 (aged 58)
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot SECTION 36 SITE 1132
Memorial ID 43959533 View Source
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Joseph Aram was a member C Company, 194th Tank Battalion. He was stationed in the Philippine Islands when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Ten hours later, he lived through the bombing of Clark Airfield. For four months, he fought, with the other soldiers on Bataan, to slow Japan’s conquest of the Philippines. Without food, without adequate supplies, and no hope of being relieved, he became a Prisoner of War on April 9, 1942, when Bataan was surrendered to the Japanese.
He took part in the death march from Mariveles to Capas. There, 100 POWs were packed into small wooden boxcars that could hold 40 men or 8 horses. At San Fernando, the living left the boxcars and those who had died fell to the floor. The POWs walked the final miles to Camp O’Donnell.
As a POW, he was held at Camp O’Donnell and Cabanatuan in the Philippines. He was later transported to Japan and held in a POW camp there. He remained in the camp until liberated at the end of the war. His son, Francis, was also a member of the 194th Tank Battalion and died as a Japanese POW.


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  • Maintained by: David McInturff
  • Originally Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 5 Nov 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 43959533
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/43959533/joseph-edward-aram : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Edward Aram (19 Dec 1897–4 Oct 1956), Find a Grave Memorial ID 43959533, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by David McInturff (contributor 47179039) .