Hunter, Richard Grant, LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
1193-Field Artillery Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1944, 1193, POW/MIA
Service Years
1917 - 1944

Field Artillery

Lieutenant Colonel

Five Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Oct 24, 1944
Hostile, Died while Captured
Other Cause
WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific Ocean
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Not Specified

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Battling Bastards of BataanWorld War II Fallen
  1942, Battling Bastards of Bataan
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
4th Infantry1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Battery A, 13th Field Artillery91st Coast Artillery
  1916-1917, HHC, 4th Infantry
  1917-1917, HHC, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry
  1917-1919, HHC, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry
  1924-1925, Battery A, 13th Field Artillery
  1941-1944, 1193, 91st Coast Artillery
  1942-1944, 1193, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1918-1918 World War I/Champagne-Marne Campaign/World War I/Battle of Chateau-Thierry
  1918-1918 World War I/World War I/Aisne-Marne Campaign
  1918-1918 World War I/World War I/St. Mihiel Campaign
  1918-1918 World War I/World War I/Meuse-Argonne Campaign
  1942-1942 Battle of Bataan/Battle of the Points 22 January to 13 February 19421
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Bataan Death March
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 28, 2012, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

The sinking of the Arisan Maru

     On October 11, 1944, about 1800 POWs boarded the Arisan Maru hoping they would be better off than in the camps they were leaving. They would soon find out differently. The Arisan Maru was a rather new freighter and the men were led to the holds. These contained three levels of wooden shelves with about three feet between shelves. They could barely stand or move in the space.
     After dark the ship left the harbor, and the men discovered the ship was heading south and not towards Japan. It had joined a convoy accompanied by a destroyer. The ships were about 200 miles south of Manila and went into coves in the islands. They were trying to elude American forces in the area. The ship then returned to Manila, arriving there around October 20. The next day they joined a convoy heading towards Japan.
     The men received scant amounts of rice and water while on board. The heat proved unbearable, and about a third of the men suffered from dysentery and malaria. The stench grew steadily in the confined quarters. The Japanese dispensed no medicine. They did however issue life preservers which served to increase the fear of them. Many men lost their spirit and will to live and had fits. The othe men had to hold them down.
     On the 24th of October, some of the POWs saw Japanese running toward the rear of the ship and they witnessed the wake of a torpedo heading towards the ship. It barely missed the ship. A second torpedo also misfired. Then a torpedo successfully hit midship on the starboard side. The ship buckled in the middle, but the forward part of the ship stayed level. This was where the Americans were. They Japanese cut the rope ladder to the forward hold, and closed the latches on the second hold. They boarded life boats and headed for two destroyers.
Some of the Americans managed to get on deck and threw rope ladders down to the men below them. Some of the men jumped overboard once on deck. Some attempted to swim toward the destroyers, but were then struck with long poles from the Japanese. Some of the men who had remained on board went to the galley and hit the food supplies. The ship began to break into two pieces and sunk.
     According to the Japanese Prisoners of War Informations Bureau listed 1,778 of the 1,782 prisonere as deceased. However, a few were picked by the Haro Maru and taken to Taiwan. Five survived in the sea and a Chinese junk ship took them aboard and they were helped by the Chinese to an American air strip.

The Japanese Freighter Arisan Maru was torpedoed by an American submarine on October 24, 1944. There were 1800 POWs aboard - 1795 died. This Hell Ship sank in the South China Sea making it the worst naval disaster in the history of the United States.
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