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PFC Robert Sterling Ainsworth

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PFC Robert Sterling Ainsworth

Birth
Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Death
24 Oct 1944 (aged 26)
At Sea
Memorial Site*
Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

Plot
Tablets of the Missing
Memorial ID
56764501 View Source

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

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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Entered the service from Ohio.


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