The Mainichi Shimbun, Yamaguchi prefecture Branch,
April 15, 2012:

Here is History of My Father’s Life : at former POW Camp Site in YamaguchiEldest Daughter of Former US Soldier Visits

Ms. Linda McDavitt (65) from Texas of the US, the eldest daughter of late Lt.Col. Jerome McDavitt, visited the former site of a POW Camp, named “Shinwa(Harmony) Dormitory”, in Mine-city of Yamaguchi prefecture, on April 14. Her father was a US POW held by the Japanese during WWII. Linda met some members of a citizens organization, who built a Memorial here in order to preserve the history of the POW Camp, and she thanked them, “I’ve found history of a part of my father’s life is kept here. I feel so honored.”

According to the Education Board of Mine-city, the Shinwa Dormitory was constructed in 1942, and held around 470 POWs from the US and British Commonwealth, who were forced to labor at a nearby coal mine.  A citizens group named “Society of the Fifth Day” (Represented by Rev. Seiki Hazama), which pass on the war experiences, built a Memorial at the camp site in 1996.

Linda came over to Japan, having been introduced by a Japanese acquaintance in 2011, the Mainichi article that reports the activities of Representative Hazama.

Mr. Jerome was captured as a POW in the Philippines, and was sent to the Shinwa Dormitory around 1944. Linda says he never told her about the POW camp, and he passed away in 1982 at the age of seventy.

Linda said, “I feel such a warm friendship that moves me almost to tears.” Representative Hazama remarked, “I’m so happy that we’ve made our efforts till today.”

                                                                                                Translated by Yuka Ibuki