Source: NARA Record Group
331, Box 940
Transcribed by: Gordon Scaggs
San Francisco, California.
12 October 1945.
Memorandum for the Officer in Charge
Source: James Kenneth Stow, Corporal,
19 October 1945, this agent interviewed Corporal James
Kenneth Stow, ASN 33061616,, permanent home address, 7911
Tilmont Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland, regarding mistreatment of
the allied prisoners of war by Japanese. Stow entered the military
service of the United States on 5 June 1941, left for overseas
on 4 October 1941 and returned 8 October 1945. He was working
as a truck driver for the 803rd Engineering Battalion when he
was captured by the Japanese on Corregidor, Philippine Islands
on 6 May 1942. Stow was liberated on 4 September 1945.
Corporal Stow's major places of imprisonment were Bilibid Prison,
Philippine Islands from 2 July 1942 to 17 July 1944 and Narumi,
Nagoya, Japan from 6 August 1944 to 4 September 1945. He boarded
the Nissyo Maru on 17 July 1945, which left Manila,
Philippine Islands, on 24 July 1944 and arrived at Moji, Japan
on 4 August 1944.
While Stow was imprisoned at Narumi, he witnessed the beating
of Mickey Owens, a civilian representative for an American Army
Magazine in the Philippine Islands. Owens was beaten for attempting
to smuggle cooking oil into the camp. When he was questioned
by the Camp Commander, he stated that it was just water. The
Commander checked the can and when he found it was oil instead
of water, he ordered Owens to be beaten. To date, the Commander's
name and the name of the guard, who administered the beating,
Stow was forced to work in a factory on the outskirts of Nagoya,
which produced steam locomotives. He did general labor work,
such as, loading boxcars with dirt and ore and moving castings
from one shop to another. Stowe doesn't remember the name of
the factory, nor the names of the Japanese bosses.
Stow stated in his questionnaire that prisoners were employed
in the manufacture of suicide boats and landing barges. He never
personally worked on either of these, but he heard other prisoners
tell about working on them.
The only Jap that he knew in the entire camp was Kamioka, (phonetic),
a civilian interpreter.
David J. Purtell, Agent, CIC, AA F.