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PFC Joseph H Adkins

Birth
Virginia, USA
Death
24 Oct 1944 (aged 25–26)
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
56780817 View Source

Enlisted 19 Aug 1940, in Dickerson, Virginia. Listed as being employed as a miner with a grammar school education. ASN #13017412.

31st Infantry Regiment Philippines Division

On October 24, 1944, Arisan Maru, by then traveling alone, was hit by a torpedo from USS Shark,[6] 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.

U.S., World War II Hospital Admission Card Files, 1942-1954
Name: Joseph H Adkins
Rank: Enlisted Man
Admission Age: 26
Birth Date: abt 1918
Admission Date: Oct 1944
Discharge Date: Oct 1944
Military Branch: Infantry, General or Unspecified
Diagnosis: FirstLocation: Unknown, code not applicable; CausativeAgent: Boat, Sunk or Damaged, Other or Unspecified
Type of Injury: Casualty, battle
Injured in Line of Duty: In line of duty
Type of Discharge: Died
Length of Service: 3 Year(s), 0 Month(s)
Service Number: 13017412

Enlisted 19 Aug 1940, in Dickerson, Virginia. Listed as being employed as a miner with a grammar school education. ASN #13017412.

31st Infantry Regiment Philippines Division

On October 24, 1944, Arisan Maru, by then traveling alone, was hit by a torpedo from USS Shark,[6] 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.

U.S., World War II Hospital Admission Card Files, 1942-1954
Name: Joseph H Adkins
Rank: Enlisted Man
Admission Age: 26
Birth Date: abt 1918
Admission Date: Oct 1944
Discharge Date: Oct 1944
Military Branch: Infantry, General or Unspecified
Diagnosis: FirstLocation: Unknown, code not applicable; CausativeAgent: Boat, Sunk or Damaged, Other or Unspecified
Type of Injury: Casualty, battle
Injured in Line of Duty: In line of duty
Type of Discharge: Died
Length of Service: 3 Year(s), 0 Month(s)
Service Number: 13017412

Gravesite Details

Coordinates where ship sank. 20°46′N 118°18′E entered the service from Virginia.

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  • Maintained by: MAJ Jimmy Cotton
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 56780817
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56780817/joseph-h-adkins: accessed ), memorial page for PFC Joseph H Adkins (1918–24 Oct 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56780817, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines; Maintained by MAJ Jimmy Cotton (contributor 48803557) .