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Arisan Maru

CountryJapan
Sunk24 Oct 1944
Displacement6,886 tons standard

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ww2dbaseArisan Maru was a Japanese freighter. At 1700 hours on 24 Oct 1944, while carrying 1,782 Allied prisoners of war and 50 civilians from Allied nations, she was struck by a torpedo from either American submarine USS Shark or USS Snook in the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippine Islands. She sank at about 1900 hours. Only nine of the captives survived the sinking, five of whom made their way to China while the other four were re-captured by the Japanese. Anton Cichy, one of the five lucky ones, recalled many friendly Chinese civilians who clothed them, fed them, and brought them all the way to Kunming, Yunnan Province, China at great risk to themselves; he estimated that the Chinese had helped him regain 40 pounds in weight, which he had lost while in Japanese captivity.

ww2dbaseSources:
Linda Kush, The Rice Paddy Navy
Wikipedia

Last Major Revision: Jul 2010

Arisan Maru Operational Timeline

24 Oct 1944 Japanese freighter Arisan Maru, carrying 1,782 Allied prisoners of war, was sunk by an American submarine. Only 9 POWs survived the sinking.




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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. BILL THOMAS says:
10 Feb 2018 06:43:10 PM

MY UNCLE PAUL W PINKHAM WAS ON THIS SHIP AND WAS KILLED
2. Anonymous says:
17 Feb 2018 05:45:08 AM

DOE'S ANYONE HAVE ANY PRINTABLE PICS OF THE ARISAN MARU I WAS BORN OCT 25 1944 AND JOINED THE US NAVY AFTER BOOT CAMP MY ORDERS PUT ME ON THE USS SAINT PAUL. VERY STRANGE.
3. BILL tTHOMAS says:
17 Feb 2018 05:54:16 AM

MY UNCLE WAS A POW IN WW2 AND WAS KILLED WHEN ON THE ARISAN MARU ,CAN I FLY A POW FLAG AT MY HOME THANKS ALSO IS IT OK TO GET A POW HAT OR IS THAT NOT OK.
4. Monica Valles says:
17 Mar 2019 09:56:37 PM

My uncle Ignacio Castillo was on this ship and died. This is what were told but the roster has his name wrong?
I need more info please.

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