Center for Research
Allied POWS Under the Japanese
to camp details, rosters, and photographs
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|The purpose of
this site is to provide a primary
source of documentation for all of the Allied prisoners of the
Japanese during WWII. Our goal is to determine what each man's unit was
then record what camps he was taken to and where he was rescued. Where
possible, we will provide rosters of the hell ships, and, if a man
perished, where, when and how.
We freely cooperate and welcome links amongst the many dedicated researchers who join us in the great effort.
These POWs were the men sacrificed at the beginning of WWII and their service should never be forgotten.
We honor them... by remembering them...
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen."
"Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not" ~ Thomas Jefferson
Video: From Independence to Dependency
What's New - recent site additions
|Last Update: 24 May 2013|
Visit website dedicated to Roger
Collection of Roger Mansell, Concerning World War II Prisoners of War,
Donated to Hoover Institution Library and Archives
See Roger Mansell in War Stories with Oliver North -- Final Justice: War Crimes Trials of WWII
"No one knows you were there unless you tell your
Roger Mansell at Internet Movie Database
WWII People's War - BBC's archive of reader-contributed POW stories
American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Museum - Located at the Brooke County Public Library in Wellsburg, WV, this museum has the largest collection of documents, photos, and maps devoted exclusively to the ADBC membership. See also Philippine Defenders Main Page.
Report on Medical Activities in the Philippines & Japan by Col. Wibb Cooper -- very good history of events prior to & during WWII, including activities at POW camps
Prisoners of War in the Philippine Islands -- Sept. 1944 Military Intelligence Division report on POW and civilian internee camps in the Philippines, with maps and photos
Ten Escape From Tojo by Cmdr. McCoy and Lt. Col. Mellnik - Original report on the escape of 10 POWs from Davao Penal Colony
Office of the Provost Marshal General Report on POWs in the Philippines -- Produced in Nov. 1945, containing much vital info on the major camps in the Philippines, including disease data; with drawings
Researching FEPOW History Group 2010 Conference with Mansell talk on video
FEPOW 2007 Research Conference- Read Summary Report
FEPOW 2006 POW Research Conference (England)- Read Summary Report.
New Web Page: Singapore Malay Volunteers- learn the history & Units of the Malay Volunteers- fast growing web site
Summary of Singapore & Malay States Volunteers- courtesy of Ron Bridge
Great New Web Site: The story of a young girl, Elizabeth van Kampen, taken captive by the Japanese in Java. A unique story told with pictures and passion. Worth reading.
Interesting story of a Hollywood star who served in WWII
Student wins essay contest- state championship- Ron Currens
Read story of his triumph!
Picture with trophy of Ron Currens and his teacher, Mr. David Pinholster
Georgia Council for Social Studies- Web now updated with the 2007 winners.
A Soldier died today- worth reading for a few minutes.
Why China distrusts Japan
Dutch Civilian Camps in the Netherlands East Indies- Amazing research and information (although in Dutch, translation is easy using "Bablefish") Outstanding research and information by Henk Beekhuis.
East Indies Camp Archives: Camps in the Dutch East Indies (1942-1948) - Excellent website with maps of camps
Victims of Circumstance - The story of the war in Manila and what happened to the civilian internees at Santo Tomas Internment Camp. Be sure to view the trailers and the sound recordings.
Hell Ships Memorial Fund - Subic Bay- A truly worthy cause- creating a monuments to those who perished on the Hell ships.
Hell Ships- short list of major losses based upon Michno's Death on the Hell Ships
Cruise of Death series from Nov. 8, 1945 published in the Chicago Daily News
JAVA Memorial Fund:
Worth a read and definitely worth your contribution. A rare tribute to the Allied and women men captured on Java.
Links of Merit:
Links deemed accurate for research on the POW Experience. Special section on "Myths & Lies"
Rosters: ask for file
Rosters for Combat units & Ships; featuring China Marines, 60th CAC, 59th CA, Wake Marines, 59th CAC, 26th Cav, CPNAB (Civilians on Wake, Guam and the Philippines) and much more
Upcoming POW Events & Reunions
This page maintained by the Descendants Group of the ADBC
The Tragedy of Bataan -- A must-see!
TV documentary and radio series on the fall of the Philippines and Bataan Death March. Very interesting excerpts and links.
Visit here often >>> Latest news at US-Japan Dialogue on POWs
American POWs of Japan blog site -- Lots of good information here; also see this collection of POW-related YouTube videos
Hong Kong War Diary exhibit - Photos showing POWs from Hong Kong at work sites while at Kobe #2
Victory From Within: The American Prisoner of War Experience - Keep your eyes on this site where the Andersonville National Historic Site is working on a 1,200 square foot exhibit scheduled for completion in 2011.
GUAM- The story of the attack and surrender Governor McMillan's report of actions during invasion by Japanese, 8-10 December 1941.
McMillan Interview- Formal Navy Interview, 23 Nov 1945.
Agaña Plaza - Virtual recreation of Agaña Plaza, December 1941. 5 virtual views.
Roster of all Guam personnel. [large text file]
Guam Time Line
Regular updates for deaths of POWs, misc corrections and additions. Time line for POWs from Guam, captured 10 Dec 1941.
Aerial Views of Guam - 1945
plus the USS Ozark unloads first returned POWS
The Guam "Rooster Club"
A tradition that ended, December 7, 1941.
Japan Air Raids.org - info about WWII air raids against Japan (in both English & Japanese)
B-29 Missions over Japan
Most remembered by POWs
Detail photo of damage, Kobe Bombing Photographs, Kobe, Japan, 5 March 1945
The Ralph Baggett Story
An unusual story of a man who won the Drake Relay Champions watch, only to have it taken by the Japanese. Drake University heard the story and the tale took another twist. ©Copyright 2000-2010, Roger Mansell
First Captured, Last Freed
[RECOMMENDED BOOK] The story of Ed Hale, survivor of the USS Penguin sinking on the first day of the war. Special price for ex-POWs.
Chariots of Fire- remember the movie? This was the story of the Olympic runner, Eric Liddell. He was interned by the Japanese. He died from a brain tumor 21 Feb 1945. Now, the rest of the story....
USS Houston- CA-30
Two pictures of USS Houston survivors upon repatriation.
LINK: Houston POW Site
LINK The Lost Battalion - 131st Artillery captured on Java - history & rosters
To search for a person's name, use "Yahoo"
(best results) or "Google".
Place name in quotation marks, enter last name [comma and space] first
name or initial then close quote, space, plus (+) POW. Example:
"Meeker, Walter" + POW
A second method is to eliminate the comma for those few lists that are not cross-checked. If they are on our site, it WILL show up on a Yahoo search. (Yahoo does a better job of indexing this site)
Need help to identify individual pictures of 59 men (American?) at Tokyo # 8 Hitachi (Motoyama) POW Camp.
Group #1 (1032kb)
Group #2 (998 kb)
Group #3 (995kb)
News From the Past
Newspaper and magazine articles about POWs
Latest addition - Story of Navy Nurse Marion Olds, Guam - Zentsuji - Kobe - Gripsholm
We have many articles which need to be transcribed. Can you help?
Death Railway Camps:
Names & Mileage - First accurate & complete listing of these horrific camps
The Sounds of War
The Sounds of War includes the audios of famous wartime news broadcasts including Tokyo Rose, Churchill, CBS News, and Tojo announcing the start of war.
Japanese Order to Murder all POWS
Contains Japanese Order to murder all prisoners plus the official authorization for guards to flee and change identities, issued the day of surrender-15 Aug 1945
Text -Surrender speech of Emperor Hirohito- note the dissembling and deceptive nature of his speech. He NEVER said the word surrender to his people.
Zentsuji - Aerial view, photographs, sketches & Location Maps
Description, roster, and 27 Liberation Photos. Large File
Hirohata - Aerial Photos taken from B-29 dropping food - 9 Aug 1945. Flag Raising ceremony at Hirohata.
Osaka - Ichioka Stadium and Yokohama Stadium Hospitals.
Wake Island POWs at Zentsuji:
List of the men who arrived from Wake Island to join the Guam POWS.
Source: Courtesy of Professor Gregory Urwin, Temple University.
Unknown Camps Photos: Can you help?
Featured Camp Pictures
Unknown Camp- Can you identify? "Northern Honshu"
Suspected to be Wakasennin #10-B. Can anyone confirm?
POW Camps- Japan only- List #1
Alphabetical List of all POW camps in Japan as submitted by Japanese and modified by SCAP office. Some cross references. Many camps are not listed. Also indicates Japanese companies that used POWs as slaves.
Cabanatuan Burial Roster (external link) - On-going research by John Eakin
Osaka Camp List
Japanese submission to MacArthur of exact names and location of each camp under the control of the Osaka POW Camp Command. Many errors.
Reprint from Nippon Newspaper:
Former Allied POWS aid victims of train wreck
For extensive archival data on ethnic Japanese and Japanese Americans in the US, visit Wes Injerd's EO9066 website, The Preservation of a People, dealing with the evacuation and relocation of people of Japanese ancestry during WWII (assembly and relocation centers, internment camps, etc.).
American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor
Bataan Blogspot - Robert Hudson's blog with a multitude of photos and stories (be sure to read his own story)
Defense of Bataan - much history here on the various units on Bataan
They Shall Not Grow Old... We Shall Remember Them
1/28/13: Added data on Baumeister
1/31/13: Sendai #2 camp photos; Omori camp photos; Instone diary here and here
2/1/13: Quartermaster Corps photo at Rokuroshi; more photos added to Sendai #2 and Omori pages
2/2/13: Omine camp addition from Smyth
2/18/13: Hosokura rescue video posted (MP4)
3/5/13: Huston collection PDF's, Futatabi
3/6/13: USNHS Rescue page
4/2/13: Fukuoka #3 Yahata/Kokura affidavits, testimonies and statements
5/7/13: Transfer roster to Naoetsu added to Osaka #13 Tsumori
5/15/13: Photo PDF's and video links for Kanose and Mitsushima camps
5/24/13: Russell Ormseth page; photos of Kamiiso camp; Zentsuji camp regulations and layout; Innoshima photos; 1942 radio broadcast excerpt tribute to USMC