October 1942 (1)

Pacific Paratrooper

USS Grouper USS Grouper

Late September, MGen. Robert Eichelberger and the bulk of the 32nd Division arrived at Port Moresby, New Guinea.  By early October, the 5th US Air Force began transporting troops to the Buna-Gona sector, but the bulk of their matériel had been sunk by Japanese bombers.  Gen. Harding felt it would not be a problem, being as that “Buna would be easy pickings.”

Lisbon Maru Lisbon Maru

1 October – the enemy ‘hell ship’ Lisbon Maru, with 1,816 Allied prisoners on board, was torpedoes by the US submarine Grouper off the coast of China.  The Japanese seamen closed the hatches and 843 POWs went to the bottom.  Many of the men managed to get out of the wreckage, but were machine-gunned as they surfaced.  Only 724 survived.  Enemy prison ships did not display a red cross to signify that their “cargo” was human and the conditions were so horrifying on…

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