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PFC James C Dugan

PFC James C Dugan

New York, USA
Death 24 Oct 1944 (aged 21–22)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56751661 · View Source
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James served as a Private First Class in the 228th Signal Operations Company, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Onondaga County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on March 14, 1941, prior to the war, in Syracuse, New York. He was noted as being employed as an Elevator operator and also as Single, without dependents.

He was taken prisoner in the capture of the Philippines in 1942.

James was declared "Missing In Action" while a POW of the Japanese Army. He was a passenger on the Japanese ship "Arisan Maru".

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

The Japanese ship "Arisan Maru" was loaded with 1,782 U.S. POW's and about 100 civilians in the cargo holds. The U.S.S. Shark, not knowing that American POW's were on board, fired three torpedoes at 5:30pm that hit the ship, causing it to break into two pieces that floated before sinking.

The entire crew except for nine of the POWs aboard died in the sinking. The sinking was the largest loss of American lives in a single disaster at sea.

Service # 12024358

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Note: Later that same day the U.S.S. Shark (SS-314), which sank the "Arisan Maru", was also sank by the Japanese destroyer Harukaze off Taiwan with a loss of 87 crew members.

(Bio by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett)




  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56751661
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC James C Dugan (1922–24 Oct 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56751661, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .