From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Harold Monson '42

Date of birth: 1918

Date of death: October 24, 1944

Age: 26

Naval Academy Register

Harold Frederick Monson was admitted to the Naval Academy from Missouri on July 15, 1938 at age 20 years 3 months.

Harold Frederick Monson was “honorably discharged on account of physical disability” on June 1, 1939.


From Find A Grave:

Harold Monson died when the Japanese hell ship he was on, the Arisan Maru, was sunk by an American submarine. The Japanese refused to rescue the Prisoners of War and allowed them to drown. Only nine of the 1803 POWs on the ship survived the sinking.

He was a member of the Antitank Company of the 31st Infantry Regiment, which surrendered on April 9, 1942 as part of the Bataan Defense Force.

Class of 1942

Harold is one of 82 members of the Class of 1942 on Virtual Memorial Hall.