Ms. Linda McDavitt's trip to Omine-Machi
On April 14,
2012, Ms. Linda McDavitt visited the former site of Omine-Machi POW camp (Hiroshima
where her father, Captain Jerome McDavitt, had been held during WWII. Kinue
Tokudome and Yuka Ibuki of US-Japan Dialogue on POWs accompanied Linda.
The Memorial has an inscription in both Japanese and English. The English version reads as follows.
In World War II, 184 British soldiers in 1942 and 288 American ones in 1943 were taken to Shiraiwa as the prisoners of war and worked as the coal miners. When the war ended on August 15, 1945, they returned to their own countries. But some of them died from illness.
We record the fact here, wishing eternal peace never to repeat such a tragedy as this.
From the war experienced witnesses in Mine and
The corporation of Mine Board of
On April 15, Ube Kosan, the company that owned the coalmine during WWII, offered a guided tour of the company and surrounding area where three more POW camps were said to be located.
Mainichi Shimbun article on Linda's visit.