POW Research Group


Send updates & files to Wes at japanpow@comcast.net
Revised: 2011-07-18
Linda Dahl Pasay / Nichols Field project (Matt Wynn) Affidavits about abuse and crimes in Camp 17

See below re NARA files
Fred Baldasarre

Shane Boyd

John Eakin * POW IDPFs (Philippines)
* Accounting for those who died in the camps and were buried as unknowns.
* Sharing information with families and collecting DNA reference samples.
* Using FOIA to pry every bit of information from the grubby little bureaucratic hands.
* Looking for burial rosters and graves registration information.

Databases on hand
Cabanatuan burial roster & database
O'Donnell burial roster & database
ABMC database (all wars - all cemeteries)
NARA POW database with ABMC data added.
NARA WWII deaths
Jim Erickson * Rosters for all PI Hellships
* Correlations of POW Deaths versus Hellship arrivals
Accurate numbers of PI POWs * Hellship rosters from NARA (Dwight is on it)
* Bilibid Death Roster
* Missing Cabanatuan and O'Donnell Death roster pages

John Hicks 803rd Engineers; 29th Replacement Depot (Philippines)

Robert Hudson VMI listings for Philippines dead

Wes Injerd
* Nisei in Japan during WWII
* Geo-locations of civilian camps
* Death Cruise (Phil. Inquirer, 51 pages)
* ARC POW Bulletins
Info on POW camp (hotel) in Beppu
What's with Cabanatuan 1 & 3 mixup?

Jim Opolony

Dwight Rider
Imaging: RG??? Boxes ???~???
RG??? Boxes ???~???

Files to Help in Research


NARA - Researching Japanese War Crimes - Intro.pdf
NARA - Japanese War Crimes and Related Topics Guide.pdf (ZIP FILE)
NARA - Select Documents on Japanese War Crimes & Bio Warfare.pdf
Nazi War Crimes & Japanese Imperial Government Records - Interagency Working Group.pdf

Record Group Searches

RG 331
RG 389
RG 407

Files in "Linda’s camera" folder:

Davao Misc rosters: Davao Misc. Rosters (1).JPG-thru (16)
1, 4, 5 are not Davao rosters.  Guess Bilibid or Cabanatuan.
2,3,6,7,8, are not Davao rosters.  Seems that all men on roster were on Oryoku Maru.
9-15 are Davao rosters

Davao POW roster  April 43-April 44 Cover.JPG and subsequent files until hospital roster.
Are duplicates of files contained in Roger Mansell’s NARA 6 Davao folder.

Malaybalay Camp Med reports 2, 3, 4, and 5 are Davao reports--not Malaybalay

Malaybalay Dream house and Malaybalay Food reports contain Malaybalay rosters on the reverse side.  These seem to be continuations of the Malaybalay camp rosters that follow and include enlisted men.  One reverse page is a KIA/MIA roster.

A general note.  Paper was at a premium in the POW camps.  Many documents contain valuable information on the reverse side so keep your eyes open for hidden gems.

Malaybalay Camp roster...jpg seems to be a KIA or MIA roster from Mindanao has dream house drawing on reverse side.

Malaybalay Camp Salary receipts are DAPECOL salary receipts, not Malaybalay
Malaybalay Camp transfer rosters are probably transfers of personnel to Australia before the surrender.

Files in "Camera 2" folder:

Oryoku Maru roster -- Previously identified by Mark Kelso and Roger Mansell.  Roger’s version, in NARA 7 RG 331 Box 998 folders 100XCanon and 101XCanon, seems to be the original from which the others are copied.  I call this the Moji Port roster and I think it is so listed in my online Oryoku Maru roster.  The “o” indicates a man who survived to Japan.   (There are mistakes including omissions.)

Stuff to check out:

WWII footage at CriticalPast.com:


Japanese soldiers bury, torture and kill the Chinese civilians and American Prisoners of War in China.
Location: China
Date: 1945
Duration: 2 min 37 sec
Sound: Yes
Cruelty of Japanese soldiers in China. War workers in offices, factories and mills. Japanese soldiers bury Chinese civilians alive and burn cities. Soldiers place the dead Chinese men, women and children in truck. Japanese soldiers torture and kill the Chinese civilians and American Prisoners of War (POW). Aerial views of San Francisco, Chicago, Pittsburgh and New York. View of dead Japanese soldiers. Tanks, trucks, planes, shells, guns and artillery are manufactured. Americans urged to take war jobs.



Shinagawa hospital:




Nisshin Mills:


USS Benevolence:


Honshu camp #3 (what Roger has, Sendai maybe?):


Catholic school in Japan:


Los Banos, Bilibid:






Santo Tomas:








The flag of the US is lowered and the Japanese flag is hoisted after the victory of Japan in the Philippines Islands.
Location: Philippines
Date: 1942
Duration: 4 min 52 sec
Sound: Yes
US prisoners of war on the Philippine Islands during World War II. Captured US prisoners of war in Corregidor. Army nurses with the captured prisoners of war. A wounded prisoner of war walking with the help of crutches. The flag of the US crumpled on the ground. Brigadier General Lewis Beebe , Colonel Bowles, General Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright and General George F. Moore in a prison camp. The flag of the US on the ground and the Japanese flag is hoisted on a flag pole.

92nd garage area, Santo Tomas, Cabanatuan, Rangoon, Palawan, etc.:


Nagasaki POWs:






Singapore?; Percival, Wainwright, etc.:



Hiroshima after A-bomb:


Nagasaki & Hiroshima after A-bomb:



Capture of I-400 supersub:



Japan in 1943:





War Crimes Trials summary:


US A-bomb:



Japanese War Criminals at Omori POW Camp. Hideki Tojo and others. U.S. soldiers hunt for hidden Japanese treasure
Location: Japan
Date: 1945
Duration: 1 min 20 sec
Sound: Yes
Animated map shows the Japan Sea. Views of Japanese war criminals in Omori Prisoner of War Camp. Among those seen are Hideki Tojo, Colonel Hashimoto, General Koki Hirota, and others. They are seen eating inside the prison. But Tojo is shunned by the others (because of his blundered suicide attempt) and eats alone. United States soldiers hunt for valuable Japanese treasure in a Japanese barnyard. They find bricks of silver in an underground sealed room . Valuable metal worth millions of dollars is found from defeated Japanese. A pile of silver bricks.

Matsushiro Secret Japanese HQ:



Japanese self defense forces participate in training program, Japan.
Camp Kashi, Kyushu, Japan. Members of US 187th Parachute Maintenance Company train Japanese Self Defense Force paratroops. Japanese instructor and US paratroopers help Japanese paratroopers to don and secure their chutes. They board US Air Force C-46 aircraft. Views through open door of C-46, in flight, show American paratroopers accompanying the Japanese. On ground, drop zone is marked by smoke and one of several American Army advisors talks radiotelephone to coordinate the jump. Onboard the aircraft paratroopers hook up to static line. On the ground, Japanese officers look up towards plane, as troopers emerge and their chutes deploy. As they land, the Japanese paratroops wrap up their chutes and form up into units. Soldier takes his bag and runs. Japanese Self Defense Paratroops march in parade. after training of two weeks: Graduates of training course and officers attend the program. The flags of Japan and United States. Japanese General honors the students of training program by giving them paratroop wings and certificates. US Army Brigadier General and Japanese General salute as new paratroops pass in review. View of Paratrooper's wings. Certificate from Headquarters 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team. Smiling new Japanese paratroopers.
Date: 1950
Duration: 4 min 34 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome

Burned out sections of Japan Iron and Steel Works at Yawata, Kyushu, Japan
Iron and Steel Works at Yawata in Japan. A view at the end of the Japan Iron and Steel Works. Open hearth, rolling mills and coke ovens. Southern sections of the plant as seen from the roof of the Muwata Grade School. Burned out sections of Yawata as seen from the roof of the school. This area lies between a post office and the south end of the plant. It includes the areas Higaichi, Machi, Okadamachi and Hishimachi. This view shows the results of incendiary attack of August 8, 1945. The coke plant and by-products installations of Japan Iron and Steel Works. The southwest corner of the plant. Views of Tobata Power Plant. Aircraft revetments around the Japanese Naval Air Base in Omura.
Location: Yawata Kyushu Japan
Date: 1946, November 8
Duration: 2 min 3 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color

Protective measures taken to protect machinery at Japan Iron and Steel Works, Yawata from incendiary attacks of World War II.
Protective measures taken at the Japan Iron and Steel Works, Yawata to face the incendiary attacks during World War II. Heavy reinforced concrete portable blocks used at the Japan Iron and Steel Works to protect machinery. The building opposite the river from Tokyo Electric building where gel incendiary bomb landed at an angle onto the front face of tile work. A black smudge left by the bomb. Concrete revetments used to protect transformers from blast and fragmentation at the Japan Iron and Steel at Yawata. Sand filled heavy plank walls used to protect transformers.
Location: Yawata Kyushu Japan
Date: 1946, May 30
Duration: 1 min 9 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color

A blast furnace area and allied plants within Japan Iron and Steel Works at Yawata in Kyushu, Japan.
Japan Iron and Steel Works at Yawata in Kyushu, Japan. Various views of a blast furnace area and allied plants. Japanese workers walk around.
Location: Yawata Kyushu Japan
Date: 1946, June 1
Duration: 2 min 6 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color

US aircraft bomb target areas on Kyushu Island, Japan.
A US air attack on Kyushu Island, Japan during World War II. US aircraft take off from USS Yorktown. A high altitude view of target areas and the attack on the targets. Japanese ships underway at sea. The aircraft drop bombs over the ships. Smoke rises as the ships explode. The aircraft in flight over the target area. They bomb the houses, buildings and other targets. Mountains in the foreground.
Location: Kyushu Japan
Date: 1945, March
Duration: 2 min 40 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome

Looks like attacking hellship????
An air raid by the United States Army Air Force on Kyushu, Japan during "Operation Downfall" of World War II. United States Army Air Force tracers strafe a Japanese merchant vessel underway in an ocean. Hits on the deck and in the water around the ship. Mountains in the background. 1945.

Looks like attacking POW camp???
An air raid by the United States Army Air Force on Kyushu, Japan during "Operation Downfall" of World War II. United States Army Air Force tracers strafe warehouses and Japanese barracks. Smoke comes out from the buildings. Several buildings covered with heavy foliage under strafing attacks. Mountains in the background. 1945.

Explosions around buildings after an air raid by the United States Army Air Force in Kyushu, Japan during World War II.
Location: Kyushu Japan
Date: 1945
Duration: 9 sec
An air raid by the United States Army Air Force on Kyushu, Japan during "Operation Downfall" of World War II. Explosions around Japanese buildings. Smoke rises from the buildings.

United States Army 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team returns to Japan from Korea and is welcomed by City of Beppu, Oita
Location: Beppu Oita Kyushu Japan
Date: 1951
Duration: 5 min 43 sec
Sound: Yes
American troops in trench in Korea. American tank on street in Germany. American Ski troops in Alaska. Amphibian assault training in Puerto Rico. Rotating Globe shows: US Army on alert to defend against aggression. Sergeant Stuart states that US Army has come to Japan to know their culture and make friends after war and occupation. US Army troops, of 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, returning by train to their base near Beppu,Oita on Island of Kyushu, Japan. They receive a warm welcome from Japanese population. Banner reads:" Welcome Pala Troop comin back from Korea, City of Beppu."[sic] Women holding flowers and families with small children waving American and Japanese flags, welcome them on the train station. A sign over the train station platform reads: "Welcome 187 Para Troop Coming Back From Korea, City of Beppu." The troops stand in formation on the platform while the unit's officers receive the flowers from the women. Japanese men in fraternal uniforms and the general population all join in the welcoming ceremonies. The troops march off the train station under another sign reading: Welcome Home 187 RCT." and march down the main street of Beppu under a swirl of paper confetti. contrasting scene of US troops marching behind Japanese police to occupy Japan, in 1945, amidst the aftermath of suffering and destruction of the war.The local population watching worriedly. Scenes of postwar destruction in Japan.Two children in Japan. Communists engage in violent demonstration against America in Japan. They burn motor cars. Japanese firemen put out the fires. Tractors remove the debris.