Died 24 October 1944
Memorialized at the Manila American Cemetery, Philippines
First Sgt. Benjamin F. Harrison was descended from six generations of Tennesseans who fought in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812. He grew up in Loudon, graduated from Loudon high School in 1934 and entered the US Army two weeks later. He had served in Panama and at Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia, prior to being assigned to Fort Mills on Corregidor Island in 1940. He was captured when Corregidor fell and spent nearly four years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. In 1944, the remaining prisoners were being moved to Japan to work in the coal mines, on unmarked ships. The ship Benjamin was aboard was sunk by a US submarine. Only nine of the 1775 POWS on board, survived the sinking.
-Submitted by Joe Harrison
Benjamin F. Harrison #6852544, was the First Sergeant of the 3rd Battalion, 60th Coastal Artillery Regiment AA. This was the Anti Aircraft unit that was implaced around Subic and Manila Bay. The Regiment was surrendered to the Japanese in 1942. The Japanese used the POWs for slave labor. On 24th of October 1944 the Japanese Hellship Arisan Maru carrying POWs to Japan was sunk by the USS Shark 225 miles East of Hong Kong.