Repatriation & Rescue

During the War, some internees and their families were repatriated to the United States during two official exchanges of civilians. A small number of non-internees escaped by submarines, or by other methods. After liberation, several transports were used to bring back thousands of internees to the United States and Australia. These lists are made up of two files provided the the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA): “List of American Citizens” and “List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for United States Immigrant Inspector at Port of Arrival.” Click the name of the ship to link to the passenger list (not all lists are yet available). The number in parenthesis following the ship name indicates the number of internees on that list.

Ship name(s): Departed: Date: Arrived: Date: Narrative:
U.S.S. Swordfish (submarine)(11) Manila Bay, Luzon 24 Feb 1942 Freemantle, Australia 9 Mar 1942
Asama Maru / M.S. Gripsholm Manila, Luzon 17 Jun 1942 New York City 25 Aug 1942
Teia Maru / M.S. Gripsholm Manila, Luzon 26 Sep 1943 New York City 1 Dec 1943
U.S.S. Bowfin (submarine)(2) Binuni Point, Mindanao 29 Sep 1943 Darwin, Australia 5 Feb 1944
U.S.S. Narwhal (submarine)(14) Nasipit, Mindanao 16 Nov 1943 Darwin, Australia 23 Nov 1943
U.S.S. Narwhal (submarine)(23) Balatong Point, Negros 7 Dec 1943 Freemantle, Australia 15 Feb 1944
U.S.S. Narwhal (submarine)(4) Cadadbaran, Mindanao 3 Mar 1944 Freemantle, Australia 20 Mar 1944
U.S.S. Angler (submarine) (49) Libertad, Panay 20 Mar 1944 Darwin, Australia 1 Apr 1944
U.S.S. Crevalle (submarine) (33) Basay, Negros 11 May 1944 Darwin, Australia 19 May 1944
U.S.S. Narwhal (submarine) (5) Lipata Point, Panay 21 Jun 1944 Darwin, Australia 28 Jun 1944
U.S.S. Redfin (submarine) (6) Brook’s Point, Palawan 31 Aug 1944 Darwin, Australia 6 Sep 1944
U.S.S. Narwhal (submarine) (4) Negros 19 Oct 1944 Brisbane, Australia 2 Nov 1944
U.S.S. Cero (submarine) (1) Massanga River, Luzon 3 Nov 1944 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 24 Nov 1944
S.S. Monterey (2) Tacloban, Leyte 23 Feb 1945 San Francisco, California 16 Mar 1945
S.S. Jean Lafitte (348) Tacloban, Leyte 3 Mar 1945 San Francisco, California 30 Mar 1945 Curtis Brooks
S.S. Carroll Victory (2) Tacloban, Leyte 9 Mar 1945 San Francisco, California 27 Mar 1945
U.S.S. Puebla (2) Tacloban, Leyte ? Mar 1945 San Francisco, California 3 Apr 1945
S.S. Mormacsea (200) Manila, Luzon 10 Mar 1945 San Francisco, California 6 May 1945
U.S.S. Admiral W. L. Capps (787) Tacloban, Leyte 20 Mar 1945 San Francisco, California 8 Apr 1945
S.S. David C. Shanks Tacloban, Leyte 26 Mar 1945 Townsville, Australia 5 Apr 1945
S.S. Empress of Scotland (11) Sydney, Australia ?? Apr 1945 Wellington, New Zealand 14 Apr 1945
S.S. Klipfontein (140) Tacloban, Leyte ? Mar 1945 San Francisco, California 21 Apr 1945
S.S. John Lykes (456) Manila, Luzon 28 Mar 1945 San Pedro, California 2 May 1945 Angus Lorenzen
S.S. Sea Corporal (9) Manila, Luzon 28 Mar 1945 San Francisco, California 5 May 1945
S.S. Frank H. Evers (5) Manila, Luzon 28 Mar 1945 San Francisco, California 7 May 1945
S.S. Lawrence Gianella (1) Manila, Luzon 31 Mar 1945 San Francisco, California 12 May 1945
S.S. Noordam (225) Manila, Luzon ? Apr 1945 San Francisco, California 15 May 1945
S.S. Cape Meares (136) Manila, Luzon 10 Apr 1945 San Francisco, California 12 May 1945 Rob Colquhoun
M.S. Pennant (146) Manila, Luzon 10 Apr 1945 San Francisco, California 10 May 1945
S.S. Torrens (273) Manila, Luzon 10 Apr 1945 San Francisco, California 15 May 1945 Catherine Cotterman
U.S.S. Admiral E. W. Eberle (2414) Manila, Luzon 10 Apr 1945 San Pedro, California 2 May 1945
S.S. Peter Cooper Hewitt (26) Manila, Luzon 14 Apr 1945 San Francisco, California 8 May 1945
S.S. Simeon G. Reed (26) Manila, Luzon 14 Apr 1945 San Francisco, California 7 May 1945
M.S. Japara (248) Tacloban, Leyte 18 Apr 1945 San Francisco, California 9 May 1945
S.S. Hannibal Victory (5) Manila, Luzon 29 Apr 1945 San Francisco, California 21 May 1945
R.M.S. Scythia (218) Halifax, Nova Scotia 10 May 1945 Liverpool, England 25 May 1945 Cliff Mills
S.S. Monterey (585) Manila, Luzon 7 May 1945 San Francisco, California 26 May 1945
U.S.S. General W. A. Mann (6) Manila, Luzon 22 May 1945 Newport News, Virginia 22 Jun 1945
S.S. Wild Hunter (4) Manila, Luzon 31 May 1945 San Pedro, California 20 Jun 1945
S.S. Argonaut (2) Manila, Luzon ? May 1945 San Francisco, California 16 Jun 1945
U.S.S. General Harry S. Taylor (213) Manila, Luzon 2 Jun 1945 San Francisco, California 26 Jun 1945
S.S. Andreas Honcharenko (2) Manila, Luzon 17 Jun 1945 San Francisco, California 16 Jul 1945
S.S. Nathan S. Davis Manila, Luzon ? Jun 1945 San Francisco, California 15 Jul 1945
S.S. Wesley Barrett Manila, Luzon ? Jun 1945 San Francisco, California 18 Jul 1945
S.S. Alcoa Patriot Tacloban, Leyte 30 Jun 1945 San Francisco, California 26 Jul 1945
S.S. Robin Doncaster Manila, Luzon ? Jul 1945 San Francisco, California 28 Jul 1945
U.S.S. General C. G. Morton (52) Manila, Luzon 6 Jul 1945 San Francisco, California 30 Jul 1945
S.S. Klipfontein (87) Manila, Luzon 6 Jul 1945 San Francisco, California 30 Jul 1945
S.S. Sloterdijk Manila, Luzon 10 Jul 1945 San Francisco, California 2 Aug 1945
S.S. Eros (12) New York City 20 Jul 1945 Liverpool, England 30 Jul 1945
S.S. Uruguay Manila, Luzon 24 Jul 1945 San Francisco, California 13 Aug 1945
S.S.A.T. General John Pope Manila, Luzon 1 Aug 1945 Seattle, Washington 17 Aug 1945
U.S.S. General A. W. Brewster Tacloban, Leyte 11 Aug 1945 San Francisco, California 2 Sep 1945
S.S. Monterey Tacloban, Leyte 31 Aug 1945 San Francisco, California 21 Sep 1945
U.S.S. Admiral E. W. Eberle Manila, Luzon 6 Sep 1945 Tacoma, Washington 25 Sep 1945
U.S.S. General A. W. Brewster Manila, Luzon ?? Oct 1945 San Francisco, California 3 Nov 1945
S.S. Klipfontein Manila, Luzon 10 Oct 1945 Seattle, Washington 28 Oct 1945
S.S. President Grant Manila, Luzon 11 Oct 1945 San Pedro, California 30 Oct 1945
S.S. Marine Jumper Manila, Luzon 6 Nov 1945 San Pedro, California 22 Nov 1945
S.S. Marine Carp Manila, Luzon 2 Dec 1945 San Pedro, California 20 Dec 1945
S.S. General M. C. Meigs Manila, Luzon 28 Dec 1946 San Francisco, California 17 Jan 1947

Special “thanks”   to Curtis Brooks, Rob Colquhoun, Catherine Cotterman, Maurice Francis,
Roderick Hall and Angus Lorenzen for their contributions.