What was his name, branch of service, and the ID number you have?
Thank you for your help....His name was Joel R. Ruiz, I believe he was in the Army but not certain.
His ID number is 38032181.
The Service Number 38032181 belongs to Dayton E. Rutledge.
I found 3 records in the Access to Archival Database (AAD) files for Joel R. Ruiz, Service Number 38030984.
He was a Private in the Army and part of the 200 Coast Artillery Regiment. I think this is the man you are after. He was a POW of the Japanese. He was being transported by them aboard the Arisan Maru when the ship was torpedoed on 24 Oct 1944. This is the date listed as his death date.
I think the confusion about whether he was shot comes from the World War II Prisoners of War Data File (see link below). If I understand correctly, this information was turned into a number and punched onto a card so that the early computers could read them. There was a Status code 4 given which stood for Executed, Died in Ship's Sinking or Result of Ship Sinking, Shot While Attempting Escape.
The World War II Prisoners of the Japanese File
The World War II Prisoners of War Data File, 12/7/1941 - 11/19/1946
Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File
Texas list of Service Personnel not recovered -- mentions Joel Ruiz
For more information on the Arisan Maru, here are a few links (There are lots more if you search for Arisan Maru WWII)
NARA article about American POWs on Japanese Ships
Wikipedia article that tells specific details and has some links
Hope this helps with the basics. The National Archives probably has a lot more detailed information you could request.
Thank you Ms. Yuhasz...your help with this was priceless...Gracias, again.
Dear Mr. Martinez,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the World War II Prisoners of War Data File, 12/7/1941 - 11/19/1946 in the Records of the Office of the Provost Marshal General (Record Group 389) that includes a file on Joel R. Ruiz. It is available online through Access to Archival Databases (AAD).
Also, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located Death Reports 1941-1945 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office (Record Group 407) that consists of rosters and reports primarily concerning Americans killed on Bataan and Corregidor in the Philippines, with some listing those who died on the Bataan Death March and in the earliest days of the Prisoner of War (POW) camps. Rosters generally provide name, rank, service number, date and cause of death, and sometimes place of burial. We also located Subject Files, 1942 - 1946 of the American Prisoner of War Information Bureau in the Record Group 389 and Japanese Prisoner of War (POW) Information Bureau Files, 1946 - 1958 in Record Group 407 that include information about Americans taken prisoner by the Japanese. For more information about these records, please email the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at Archives2reference@nara.gov.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
In addition, see Reference Information Paper 80: Records relating to personal participation in World War II :American prisoners of war and civilian internees for more information about records in National Archives custody pertaining to American POWs.
Finally, the information you seek may be contained in his Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF). For the IDPFs from 1940-1976 of personnel with surnames that begin with M-Z, please write to U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Casualty & Memorial Affairs Operations Division, ATTN: AHRC-PDC, 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue, Department 450, Fort Knox, KY 40122-5405.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
Thank you Mr. Atkinson...your assistance with my inquiry has made for a great day