The Mainichi Shimbun, Yamaguchi prefecture Branch,
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.
Translated by Yuka Ibuki