Shinyo Maru incident in Sindangan remembered PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 September 2014 13:41

The municipality of Sindangan in partnership with the Department of Tourism-9 and the Zamboanga del Norte provincial government will commemorate on Sunday, September 7, 2014, the 70th anniversary of the Shinyo Maru incident

DOT-9 explained that the commemoration is a recognition of the Shinyo Maru incident during the World War II that happened on Sept.7,1944 wherein the Japanese warship Shinyo Maru carrying 750 prisoners of war mostly American survivors was torpedoed by the American submarine USS Paddle SS263 about a mile or two away from Sindangan point.

The US submarine was not aware that there were 83 American soldier-prisoners on board the vessel, according to the accounted numbers during the attack.  Eighty-two survived and one died. The 82 survivors swam to shore. They were fed by the local residents who took care of them.

The commemoration will pay tribute to the bravery of the American survivors with the heroism of the Filipinos whose bravery, kindness and generosity prevented the recapture of the prisoners of war by the Japanese Imperial sailors.

Sindangan officials have invited United State Embassy and the families of the Shinyo Maru survivors to the Sunday event. A commemorative marker has been constructed in Barangay R. G. Macias where the survivors were picked-up by another US submarine. The unveiling of the marker is the highlight of the commemoration day. —  Allen Abastillas