| Osaka POW Camp #5-B
| Osaka POW Camp
5-B TSURUGA (TSURUGA
FUKUI-ken, TSURUGA-shi, JINMU 9721 KOJO
23 Apr 1945: Established as Osaka-20-B; first located at TSURUGA-shi, SAKURA 165.
25 Apr 1945: 180 Americans and 20 Dutch arrive from Tanagawa.
Date of transfer to Minami TSUNAI unknown (both camps within city limits of Tsuruga).
20 May 1945: 200 Americans arrive from Umeda, some from Narumi ex Tanagawa. Later, one American transferred to Sendai, date unknown.
Aug 1945: Renamed 5-B
Sept 1945: Rescue effected (399 men rescued)
Morita Report: Details the history of camp and movement of the POWs.
Aerial 1948 (courtesy of Japan Map Archives)
Camp aerial 1 - Camp aerial 2 - Camp aerial 3
Slave labor as stevedore services and farming service. TSURUGA Transportation Company - POWs worked docks carrying bags of beans and grain from warehouse to freight cars; operated cranes and unloaded iron from freight cars.
Mr. HASHIMOTO in charge of company; his assistant was Mr. IMURA.
Numerous sources for prisoners from other burned out camps- no specific ship.
Total men in camp on 2 Sept 1945: 399 per Morita report.
Partial roster of Americans and listing those who perished
Japanese Camp Staff- includes rank, dates of service and position on staff. Includes Yokkaichi roster (mixed).
OSA-05 Roster (WO 361-1963) - American, Dutch
Affidavit of USMC TSgt Jesse L. Stewart from Wake Island. Discussing brutal treatment and action of specific guards; Second affidavit regarding Lt Namba at Umeda and at Tsuruga.
Affidavit of S/Sgt Robert T. Rohmer regarding the severe beatings of Cobb, MacCurdy and Dorsey.
Affidavit of Alexander L. Benishake 60th CAC (Pending).
Original documents (PDF) - affidavits for Brettman, Bowersox, Causey, Crocker, Farwell, Gallegos, Gruber, Hesson, Light, Nichols, Perry, Porter, Robertson, Rohmer, Stewart, and Kimura. Includes document list.