Osaka #3-B Oeyama
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12 Kilometers from Miyazu Harbor, 500 meters from Nippon Yakin Nickel Refinery (aka Yakin Oheyama), nine kilometers from Oeyama Mine.
Osaka 3-B OEYAMA
(NIPPON YAKIN KOGYO)
KYOTO-fu, YOSA-gun, YOSHIZU- mura SUTSU. [Morita Report uses older names: Suzu, Yosjizu-mura, Yosa-gun, Kyoto Prefecture]
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"Happy, The POW" by Carl M. Holloway- not read or previewed by this center
Morita Report: Camp established 20 Aug 1943. First 150+ POWs arrived 2 Sep 1943 from Hong Kong. The strength increased until there was a total of 700 POWs. Camp closed 2 Sep 1945. There were no subdivisions and camp never changed location.
20 Aug 1943: Established as Osaka 12-B OEYAMA
2 Sep 1943: First POWS arrived from Hong Kong
Mar & 17 May 1945: Americans from Yodogawa arrive
Aug 1945: Renamed 3-B
2 Sep 1945: Rescue effected
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RG331, Box 949)
When the camp was first established the men worked in the Oeyama Mine (Nippon Yakin Kogyo, nickel mine with a ferro-nickel smelting plant), also in the Hachidate Branch Nickel Refinery. Prisoners did mostly common labor. The mining company furnished some additional facilities at the camp. After June 1945, some of the POWs began work at the Miyazu Harbor as stevedores and labor at the temporary dry dock. The men were guarded by guards furnished by the company at the place of work, civilians attached to the Army, and some Army guards.
N.B. - Housed officers removed from Kawaskai after camp was destroyed in fire bombings.
Hell Ship: Canadian (48) POWs- arrived in camp 7 Jan 1944. [SS Soong Cheong (15 Dec 43) to Takao, Formosa; Transferred to Toyama Maru (departed 30 Dec 43)- arrived 4 Jan 1944] Other men sent to Hiroshima #9 Ohama and 50 Canadians sent to Osaka #11 Narumi (became Nag-02).
Most Americans arrived on the Nissyo Maru. Sailed from Las Pinas to Moji with 1600 POWs, 12 died en route- July 14 to August 6, 1944. 200+ from Nissyo Maru also sent to Fukuoka # 22 & #23. Men transferred into this camp from Yodogawa had arrived on the Nagato Maru.
Camp Commander: 1st Lt Kosaku Hazama for entire perior, 20 Aug 1943 to 2 Sep 1945. Complete list of Japanese staff. One man, KAWAKITA, was an an American who was caught in Japan at start of war. He was vicious and brutal- hated Americans -- Convicted of treason.
Americans only: Cross referenced with rescue rosters including some transfers. Includes roster of deceased Americans, developed by Japanese POW Research Network and corrected by Roger Mansell
Canadians: Some 150 Canadians were also at this camp. Partial roster of 82 men (includes 2 dead). Rescue roster not located yet. See Canadian web site for list.
Deceased: External site
To see greater records for the Canadians, visit Tony Banham's web site that details the Battle for Hong Kong. He accounts for every Canadian and British soldier in Hong Kong. A truly worthy site.
Book: Roll Call at Oeyama: A P.O.W.Remembers by British POW Frank Evans