Sgt Peter J Brown

Sgt Peter J Brown

New Jersey, USA
Death 24 Oct 1944 (aged 30–31)
At Sea
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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Peter served as a Sergeant, 745th Ordnance Company, Aviation, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Hudson County, New Jersey prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on October 15, 1940, prior to the war, at Fort George Wright, Washington. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Shipping and receiving clerk 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 a unknown Japanese POW Camp.

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.

Peter 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 # 19032401

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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 & Note by: Russ Pickett )




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