PVT Daniel Dale Allen

PVT Daniel Dale Allen

Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Death 24 Oct 1944 (aged 28)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56778389 · View Source
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Daniel served as a Private, 698th Ordnance Company, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Hennepin County, Minnesota prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on March 1, 1941, prior to the war, at Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, California. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Filling Station Attendant and also as Single, without dependents.

He became a POW of the Japanese Army in the "Fall Of The Philippines" in April-May, 1942 and was held at Japanese POW Camp 1, Cabanatuan 1-2-3, Nueva Province, Luzon, Philippines 15-121.

While a POW he was later loaded onto the Japanese cargo ship "Arisan Maru".

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.

Daniel was declared "Missing In Action" in the sinking of the "Arisan Maru" during the war.

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

Service # 19056551

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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


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 56778389
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