Fukuoka Area Command
Fukuoka 23 Branch Camp
(MEIJI KOGYO HIRAYAMA KOGYO-SHO)
FUKUOKA-ken, KAHO-gun, KEISEN-machi
Source: Wes Injerd Chart of Camps
4 Aug 1944: Camp opened and established at Branch 23
Sept 1945: Rescue Effected
Ando, Tetsuo - Medical Orderly- tried for war crimes. Sentenced to 5 years hard labor.
Odeishi, Shigemaru, Medical Orderly - tried for war crimes at Fukuoka POW Camp 23. Sentenced to 10 years hard labor.
POWS used as slaves in coal mine
POWS arrived approximate 5 Aug 1944 from the Nissyo Maru. Camp opened specifically for POW labor. Some Wake civilians were transferred here at same time from other camps in Japan
Photographs of Coal mine by Japanese Kyushu Mine History Society. Excellent images- courtesy of Wes Injerd
All Americans- 6 Officers, 168 Enlisted and 20 Civilians. Total of 194 men. Other data, e.g., POW # or cause of death available- ask for data.