PFC Robert S. Ainsworth

PFC Robert S. Ainsworth

Birth
Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Death 24 Oct 1944 (aged 25–26)
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56764501 · View Source
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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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  • Maintained by: JimO
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56764501
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Robert S. Ainsworth (Oct 1918–24 Oct 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56764501, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by JimO (contributor 46874118) .