By Elizabeth Marie Himchak
University of San Diego
World War II Seminar
This project is dedicated to the memory of my maternal grandfather, Warrant Officer Charles D. Brown,I, 31st United States Infantry. He survived the Bataan Death March and was a prisoner of war of the Japanese for 2 1/2 years. He died on October 24, 1944, when the Arisan Maru, with 1,790 POWs, was sunk 200 miles off the coast of China. Only 5 Americans would survive. This project will hopefully give some insight into the experience these brave Americans suffered as Prisoners of War of the Japanese.
The late Warrant Officer Charles D. Brown, I, 31st United States Infantry,
with three of W.O. and Mrs. Charles D. Brown's four children.
L-R: Loretta, Elizabeth (my mother), Charles I , and Charles II.