On October 11, 1944 the Arisan Maru departed Manila with 1,782 American Prisoners of War (POW) and about 100 civilians in the cargo holds. The ship anchored off Palawan until October 20th then returned to Manila to join Convoy MATA-30, departing on October 21, 1944.
On October 23, 1944 when the convoy was roughly 200 miles northwest of Luzon, two wolf packs totalling nine U.S. Navy submarines began attacks against the convoy.
On October 24, 1944 the USS Shark fired three torpedoes 5:30pm that hit the ship, causing it to break into two halves that floated before sinking. The entire crew except for nine of the Prisoners of War (POW) aboard died in the sinking. The sinking was the largest loss of American lives in a single disaster at sea.
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October 23, 2019