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On Oct. 24, 1944, a Japanese freighter, the Arisan Maru, was sunk while transporting 1,800 Allied POWs from the Philippines to another POW camp possibly located in Taiwan. There were only six surviving POWs. 

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Among the POWs that were lost, nine were from Wyoming. American Legion Post 19 from Riverton has erected a monument honoring these nine men. The monument will be dedicated Oct. 24, the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the Arisan Maru, at the Riverton Veterans Park. 

Two of these men had ties to the Casper area, Fremen J. Spence and William Schilling. I have had contact with the Spence family, but I am looking for members of the Schilling family to extend an invitation to the dedication. Please contact me: Edward R. McAuslan, emcausla@wyoming.com, or text 307-850-7224.

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EDWARD McAUSLAN, Riverton

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