|Death: ||Jan. 9, 1945|
1st Lt. Byron Johnson was held as a POW in the Philippine Islands. In December 1944, he was boarded onto the Oryoku Maru for transport to Japan. The ship sailed on December 13th and came under attack from American planes on December 14th. As evening approached, the attack was called off. The next day the planes returned and continued the attack. When the pilots saw the large number of men climbing from the ship’s holds, they realized the ship was carrying POWs and called off the attack. After the POWs were off the ship, the attack resumed and the ship was sunk by American planes at Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, on December 15, 1944. The surviving POWs were boarded onto the Enoura Maru which sailed on December 27th and reached Takao, Formosa, by the New Year. While docked it was bombed by American planes on January 9, 1945, killing many of the POWs. Johnson was killed in the attack. On January 12th the dead were removed from the ship and buried in a mass grave on Formosa. After the war, the remains that could not be identified were reburied at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Note: Entered the service from North Carolina
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
National Capital Region, Philippines
Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
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