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PFC Anthony A Aftuck

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PFC Anthony A Aftuck

Birth
Shenandoah, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death
24 Oct 1944 (aged 25)
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
56766559 View Source

Anthony A Aftuck enlisted on 7 May 1940. He had a grammar school education and his Army Service Number was 07024434. He served in the 59th Coastal Artillery Philippines Division

On October 24, 1944, Arisan Maru, by then traveling alone, was hit by a torpedo from USS Shark,at about 5 p.m. in the No.3 hold. The ship buckled amidships, the engines stopped and the aft mast fell, but the freighter stayed afloat. She finally sank around 7:40 p.m at Coordinates: 20°46′N 118°18′E. In response to the torpedo, the destroyers Take and Harukaze attacked and sank Shark. After dealing with the American submarine, the two destroyers returned to Arisan Maru to look for survivors. No POWs were killed by the torpedo strikes and nearly all were able to leave the ship's holds but the Japanese did not rescue any of the POWs that day, only Japanese. Only nine of the prisoners aboard survived the event. Five escaped and made their way to China in one of the ship's two lifeboats. They were reunited with U.S. Forces and returned to the United States. The four others were later recaptured by Imperial Japanese naval vessels, where one died shortly after reaching land

Anthony A Aftuck enlisted on 7 May 1940. He had a grammar school education and his Army Service Number was 07024434. He served in the 59th Coastal Artillery Philippines Division

On October 24, 1944, Arisan Maru, by then traveling alone, was hit by a torpedo from USS Shark,at about 5 p.m. in the No.3 hold. The ship buckled amidships, the engines stopped and the aft mast fell, but the freighter stayed afloat. She finally sank around 7:40 p.m at Coordinates: 20°46′N 118°18′E. In response to the torpedo, the destroyers Take and Harukaze attacked and sank Shark. After dealing with the American submarine, the two destroyers returned to Arisan Maru to look for survivors. No POWs were killed by the torpedo strikes and nearly all were able to leave the ship's holds but the Japanese did not rescue any of the POWs that day, only Japanese. Only nine of the prisoners aboard survived the event. Five escaped and made their way to China in one of the ship's two lifeboats. They were reunited with U.S. Forces and returned to the United States. The four others were later recaptured by Imperial Japanese naval vessels, where one died shortly after reaching land

Gravesite Details

Entered the service from Pennsylvania.
Coordinates of where ship sank 20°46′N 118°18′E


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  • Maintained by: MAJ Jimmy Cotton
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 56766559
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56766559/anthony-a-aftuck: accessed ), memorial page for PFC Anthony A Aftuck (15 May 1919–24 Oct 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56766559, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines; Maintained by MAJ Jimmy Cotton (contributor 48803557) .