OCT 23 to 26, 1944: The Battle of
Leyte Gulf the largest Naval battle in WWII.
OCT 24, 1944: The Arisan Maru, an
unmarked Hell Ship carrying 1,783 POWs to slave
labor camps in Japan, is sunk by USS Shark or USS
Snook. It remains the worst maritme disaster in
American history. Over 100 New Mexicans were lost.
Calvin Graef of Carlsbad, New Mexico is one of
only 9 prisoners who survive the sinking.