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stenotholus
11-16-2007, 10:48 PM
This is a discussion thread for the following file:<br><br><b><a href=http://www.gearthhacks.com/dlfile26063/Attack-of-the-ORYOKU-MARU-at-Olongapo-Point,-December-1944.htm>Attack of the ORYOKU MARU at Olongapo Point, December 1944</a></b><br><br>On December 14, 1944, the Oryoku Maru put to sea. <br />
Transporting Japanese soldiers, civilians, and 1,619 <br />
prisoners of war out of Manila, the ship suffered <br />
repeated attacks from American fighters that day. That night, the soldiers and civilians were put ashore leaving <br />
behind the prisoners and their guards. Returning to <br />
finish the Oryoku on the 15th, fighters from USS <br />
Hornet loosened bombs that killed approximately 300 <br />
prisoners of war. The survivors were rounded up and <br />
held in an open enclosure for five days with almost <br />
no food until they were transported in two groups to <br />
San Fernando by truck. Several of the weaker <br />
prisoners were “selected” for execution.<br><br><img src=http://www.gearthhacks.com/images/new/080505/9126451.jpg>