| Fukuoka 23 Branch Camp
(MEIJI KOGYO HIRAYAMA KOGYO-SHO)
FUKUOKA-ken, KAHO-gun, KEISEN-machi
Source: Chart of Camps
4 Aug 1944: Camp opened and established at Branch 23
Sept 1945: Rescue Effected
Photographs of Coal mine by Japanese Kyushu Mine History Society. Excellent images.
POWS used as slaves in coal mine
POW's 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.
All Americans- 6 Officers, 168 Enlisted and 20 Civilians. Total of 194 men. Original roster
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.
The Harry V. Johnson Story.pdf - Johnson was with the 27th Pursuit Sqdn on Bataan. Article courtesy of The Heritage of Vermilion County, Illinois, Autumn 1982.