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Rue, Archibald “Arch” B. (P2, C4, L2)

Rue_Arch_CutSecond Lieutenant Archibald B. “Arch” Rue, 29, of Mercer County, Kentucky, joined the Harrodsburg National Guard unit with his brother Edwin some time before the unit was activated in November 1941. He was taken prisoner on 9 April 1941. He survived the Death March and was held at Camp O'Donnell and Cabanatuan. He was sent to Bilibid Prison and eventually put on board the Oryoku Maru for transport to Japan. The ship was attacked by U. S. Navy planes seventeen times before sunset and six bombs hit the ship. The next day the U. S. Navy resumed the attack. The POWs were finally swam ashore near Olongapa, Subic Bay, Luzon as the Navy planes realized it was a prisoner transport and stopped the attack. The surviving prisoners were moved by train to Manila and put aboard the Enoura Maru bound for Formosa. The ship was bombed and sunk by American planes on 13 January 1945, while it was still docked. Two days later, Rue boarded the Brazil Maru enroute to Moji, Japan. By the time he arrived he was sent to Fukuoka Camp #22 but soon became ill. He died of Acute Enteritis on 21 April 1945. After the war, at the request of his family, his remains were returned to the United States and buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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