Within hours of Pearl Harbor,
the SS President Harrison, en route to evacuate U.S. Marines
from China, was trapped near Shanghai.
The Captain grounded the
ship at full speed to destroy her. Her crew of 166 men and one woman
were among 671 mariners held as Prisoners of War.
Mariners were among those
beheaded at Wake Island, taken prisoner at Corregidor, enslaved in the
coal mines of Japan, or forced to build railroads through jungles.