86 Alva Roberts Cowan, Born Newbern, Tennessee

86 Alva Roberts Cowan, Born Newbern, Tennessee

Alva Roberts Cowan

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Rank/Rate:    Chief Pharmacist’s Mate

Service Number:    295 13 19

Birth Date:    February 19, 1908

From:    Newport, Rhode Island

Decorations:    Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal

Ship:    USS Canopus (AS-9)

Date of Death:    December 15, 1944

Location:    Aboard the Hellship Oryoku Maru

Circumstances:    Died when Oryoku Maru, transporting Allied Prisoners of War from the Philippines to Japan, was sunk by US Navy planes from the USS Hornet

Remarks:    Alva was born in Newbern, Tennessee.  Information courtesy of Paul W. Wittmer.

NavSource, Submarine Photo Archive for the USS CANOPUS (AS-9)

On Eternal Patrol list of men lost on the USS Canopus (AS-9)

Find a Grave Memorial: CPhM Alva Roberts Cowan Sr (Manila American Cemetery and Memorial)

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