Lake County men served all over the globe during World War II, from the Philippines, to Australia, to D Day. They belonged to the Army –Infantry, Army Air Force and Cavalry- Navy, Marines, and Merchant Marines. Some were prisoners of war. To Lake County folks, they were still Lake County men, even those who had moved away. The newspapers commemorated their losses. Some of them rest in Lake County cemeteries, others in military cemeteries on other continents. This month the Time Machine offers a sampling of stories about Lake County men who died in service.
Clifford “Bud” White was taken prisoner on Corregidor in the Philippiines. In October 1944 the Japanese loaded almost 1800 prisoners onto the ship Arisan Maru for transport away from the Philippines to other Japanese-held territory. During the voyage an American submarine sank the Arisan Maru. Most of the prisoners survived the sinking, but the crew of the Arisan Maru refused to rescue them and most of them died in the water. Only a handful survived to tell the tale.
More on the Arisan Maru can be read here.