PHILIPPINE ISLANDS PORT AREA CAMP NO. 11
13 JUNE 1942 TO 17 JULY 1944
JAPANESE OFFICER IN CHARGE:
MORIO SAEGUSA, TOKYO, JAPAN DECEASED 1981
SENIOR AMERICAN OFFICER, CAMP COMMANDER:
GEORGE G. HARRISON, Lt Cmdr, USNR, San Francisco, Ca. Deceased
This POW camp was established by the Japanese on June 13,
1942 as a stevedore working unit consisting of about 225
men from all branches of the service in Bilibid prison at the
time. For several months the men were billeted in a warehouse
building located directly behind the Custom House in the Port
Area of Manila, PI.
Living quarters were completely inadequate, poorly lighted or
ventilated, toilet facilities outside were filthy as were so
called shower facilities. Open unsanitary cooking facilities
were over 200 yards away and unfit for the purpose at the time.
NO MEDICAL facilities were provided by the Japanese and there
were no American Medical Military Staff among the group for several
Jim Kerns, Sgt. USMC volunteered to attempt to help with the
medical problem as he had much previous medical/hospital experience
prior to being called for active duty in March 1941. Gradually
conditions improved due primarily to the initiative of the men
guided by the Officers (primarily navy) assigned to the camp.
By October  upgraded facilities were provided in
the Port Terminal Building directly across the street from pier
#7. About the same time additional men were added to the workforce
including 3 Army Doctors, a Major and two Captains, one a Dentist
and three enlisted medical personnel. This increased the total
camp to about 425 men. The work was arduous and demanding, at
times requiring work parties on the docks 24 hours, however with
the cooperation of the Japanese Officer in charge who negotiated
with the American Officers in many ways living conditions, food
and medical care improved.
When this camp was closed in July 1944 all enlisted personnel
with the exception of a small working party and the Officers
were herded aboard the Nissyo Maru for a very miserable,
almost unbearable 21 day voyage to Japan.
This roster was originally prepared by Emerson Metzcar with the
assistance of G.G. Harrison and has been amended & updated
at times as information became available to me.
Commander (later Admiral) Harrison, Dr. Artman & Dr. Bernstein
were the only survivors of the Officers in this group, all others
perished on ships leaving the Philippines at a later date.
/S/ Jim Kerns 1987