1LT Alexandar Martin Crichton

1LT Alexandar Martin Crichton

Saint Andrews, Fife, Scotland
Death 7 Sep 1944 (aged 30)
At Sea
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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Memorial ID 50630488 · View Source
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Alexander served as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Even though his record shows him entering the Service From the Philippines .. he is also shown on the "Delaware" At Large records.

He became a prisoner of the Japanese Army while fighting in the Philippines during the war in 1942.

Alexander was declared "Missing In Action" while a POW of the Japanese Army in the sinking of the "Shinyo Maru".

He was awarded the Prisoner Of War Medal and the Purple Heart.

The Japanese ship "Shinyo Maru" was loaded with 750 U.S. POW's in the cargo holds. The U.S.S. Paddle (SS-263), not knowing that American POW's were on board, fired torpedoes at the ship off the coast of Mindanao and sank it. Some Japanese guards shot prisoners as they struggled from the holds after the attack or were in the water.

668 POW's died when the ship sank, leaving only 82 survivors. 47 of 52 Japanese guards also died.

His remains were not recovered.

Service # O-2007431

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


Soldiers & Sailors who died on the "Shinyo Maru":
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( Last name staring with: E through L )
( Last name staring with: M through R )
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Survivor of the "Shinyo Maru"
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Gravesite Details Entered the service from Philippines



  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 3 Apr 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 50630488
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Alexandar Martin Crichton (14 Feb 1914–7 Sep 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 50630488, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .