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NOTE: We are especially thankful for the assistance and generosity of the time and expense of Mr. Ken Cargil of Whitefield Oklahoma and Mrs June Faubion of Boise Idaho who have compiled an extensive accounting of the Civilians captured on Wake. We have the complete (constantly updated) military roster as a data base- Ask for a copy.



Source:The USMC Historical Archives, File 1L, Total Listing of Casualties and Disposition of Wake Island Personnel, 1941-1945:
States the actual number of men transferred to Zentsuji from the Nitta Maru [departed Wake Island on 12 Jan 42] was seven officers and 13 enlisted men. The USMC states they arrived on 29 Jan 42 and 18 Feb 42. The wounded from Wake Island arrived later, date unknown. The second group consisted of two officers and 17 enlisted men. The USMC state that before [actually after as they departed for China] arrival in Japan on the Nitta Maru, five enlisted men were taken from the hold and beheaded.
[As you see from the Wallace diary below, the USMC records are very inaccurate.]

This notation by Roger Mansell
Source:
The following dates are from the contemporaneous diary of Sydney Wallace (NZ Coast Watch) while in Zentsuji. Copy of diary is in the possession of R. Mansell. Wallace kept a list of numbers of men arriving and leaving. Errors have been noted within the diary so these numbers, although matching Urwin's list, may still be in error:
29 Jan 42- 13 men from Wake
28 Feb 42- 4 men from Wake
18 May 42- 14 men from Wake [most likely the wounded]
30 May 42- 6 men from Wake [most likely the wounded as some 20 men had departed Wake on the Asama Maru on 11 May 1942]
Total: 37 men from Wake Island arrived at Zentsuji
Source: Research and citations courtesy of Professor Gregory J. W. Urwin, Associate Professor of History, Temple University. Roster used with permission.


The following men were sent to Japan from Wake Island. The first transfer was on the Nitta Maru, departing Wake Island 12 January 1942 and arriving Yokahama about 20 January 1942. After their departure from Yokohama, the Japanese took five men topside, and to "honor their bravery," tortured and beheaded the men. The bodies were mutilated with bayonets then tossed overboard. 37 additional men, men listed below, were sent to Zentsuji.

Executed were the following five men: [All from the Naval Air Station, Wake Island] May their memory never be forgotten

From Patrol Wing 2
Franklin, Theodore, Seaman 2/C, USN
Lambert, John W., Seaman 2/C, USN
Gonzales, Roy H., Seaman 2/C USN

From VMF-211
Earl R. Hannum, Master Technical Sergeant, USMC
Vincent W. Bailey, Technical Sergeant, USMC

Men arriving about 20 January 1942 at Zentsuji: [20 men]

WAKE ISLAND DETACHMENT, 1ST DEFENSE BATTALION, USMC
Major George H. Potter
Marine Gunner Harold C. Borth
Platoon Sergeant James F. Boscarino

VMF-211, USMC
Major Paul A. Putnam
Second Lieutenant David D. Kliewer
Technical Sergeant William J. Hamilton (enlisted pilot-NAP)
Staff Sergeant Robert G. Arthur (enlisted pilot)
Corporal Walter J. Gruber

NAVAL AIR STATION, WAKE ISLAND, USN
Commander Campbell Keene
Ensign Chester W. Olcott
Ensign George H. Henshaw
Ensign Benjamin J. Lauff
Aerographer 1/C Walter John Cook
Radioman 1/C Charles Alfred Sargent [retained at Ofuna- never sent to Zentsuji]
Radioman 3/C Franklin Benjamin Kidd; deceased 22 Oct 1944, Ofuna Camp, Tokyo- stomach & lung infections
Radioman 3/C Oliver L. Gerberding
Radioman 3/C Darius Cartier Krueger
Radioman 3/C Victor Besancon [retained at Ofuna- never sent to Zentsuji]
Radioman 3/C Marvin C. Balhorn [retained at Ofuna- never sent to Zentsuji]

U.S. ARMY AIR FORCES
Staff Sergeant Ernest J. Rogers (Known as "Soldier")
PFC Paul F. Futtrup (detached from Philippines) - rescued at Tok-05B-Kawasaki



Wounded and injured men not moved until later [11 May 1942]
[24 men]
WAKE ISLAND DET., 1st DEFENSE BATTALION, USMC
Platoon Sergeant Alvin A. Bumgarner
MarGun Harold C. Borth
Corporal Ralph J. Holewinski
Corporal Lillard L. Johnson
Corporal Franklin D. Gross
Pfc. Wiley W. Sloman
Pfc. Warren D. Conner
Pfc. Arvel N. Hartung
Pfc. Dick L. Reed
Pfc. Charles E. Tramposh
Pvt. Berdyne Boyd
Pvt. E.O. Stephen Adams

VMF-211, USMC
Second Lieutenant Henry Webb "Spider"
Master Sergeant Andrew J. Paszkiewitz
Technical Sergeant Jessie T. Stewart
Technical Sergeant Ellis J. Johnson
Staff Sergeant Walter Thomas "Tom" Kennedy
Sergeant Edwin M. Ackley
Sergeant Glen G. Gardner

NAVAL AIR STATION, WAKE ISLAND, USN
AMM 1/C James Frank Hesson
Seaman 1/C Ivan Sydney Wood
Seaman 1/C James B. Darden
Seaman 1/C William H. McCoy

U.S. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS (WAKE ISLAND)
Captain Henry Stanley Wilson