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Sen. Feinstein's POW resolution passed.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the resolution, “Welcoming and commending the Government of Japan for extending an official apology to all United States former prisoners of war from the Pacific War and establishing in 2010 a visitation program to Japan for surviving veterans, family members, and descendants,” which was passed on November 17.   S. Res. 333

Among what Senate requests is:

The Government of Japan respect the wishes and sensibilities of the United States former prisoners of war by supporting and encouraging programs for lasting remembrance and reconciliation that recognize their sacrifices, history, and forced labor;

“We owe these brave heroes a debt that can never be fully repaid. It is critical that we never forget their sacrifice,” Sen. Feinstein said.


Report on 2011 "Japanese/American POW Friendship Program" posted.


Kinue Tokudome’s essay, "Japanese Companies Used American POWs as Slaves Labor-Where’s Their Apology?” was posted at History News Network:  

 The version with pictures is available here.


Cover story of American Heritage Magazine

“Amazing Friendship Between WWII American POW & Japanese Boy,” written by Mr. Timothy Ruse is the cover story of the current issue of American Heritage Magazine.

American Heritage Magazine Volume 61, Issue 2

The article was based on Mr. Ruse’s  experience of traveling to Japan in November of 2010 in search of the boy who had helped his POW grandfather during WWII.

Grandsons of Japanese POW and Bataan Death March Survivor Travel to Japan


2011 Japanese/POW Friendship Program

The government of Japan will invite seven former POWs and their family members for a week-long trip to Japan as the second Japanese/POW Friendship Program. Dr. Lester Tenney, who led the first delegation last year, assisted the Japanese Foreign Ministry put together this year's program with the US State Department coordinating.

Following participants will arrive in Japan on October 16.

Robert J. Vogler, Jr. (90)
He lives in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, California. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1940. He is a survivor of the Bataan Death March. He was shipped to Mukden, China (today’s Shenyang) in October 1942 on Tottori Maru and in May 1944, he was  transferred to Kamioka, Japan. In 1997, he and his wife returned to Kamioka to a warm welcome from mine representatives, town officials, citizens, and school children.

Oscar L. Leonard
He lives in Paradise, California. He joined the Idaho National Guard in 1939 and the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1940. He was captured on Mindanao in May 1942 and was shipped to Japan in October 1942 on Tottori Maru. He was held at POW camps in Kawasaki and Hitachi.
After the war, he became a pharmacist and still works as relief at local pharmacies today.

Harold A. Bergbower (91)
He lives in Peoria, Arizona. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1939. He was captured on Mindanao in May 1942 and was shipped to Japan in August 1944 on Noto Maru. He was held at Nomachi (Takaoka) POW camp. He stayed in the Air Force and returned to Japan (1954-1957) to train Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force. He and his family lived in Hamamatsu and in Itazuke, Fukuoka prefecture.

Roy Edward Friese (88)
He lives in Calimesa, California. He joined the U.S. Army in 1941. He was captured on Corregidor in May 1942 and was shipped to Japan in July 1943 on Clyde Maru. He was held at Omuta POW camp. After WWII, he reenlisted in the U.S. Army and in 1947 transferred to the U.S. Air Force. He retired after 20 years of service.

James C. Collier (88)
He lives in Salinas, California. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1940 at the age of 16. He was captured on Corregidor in May 1942 and was shipped to Japan in August 1944 on Noto Maru. He was held at Nomachi (Takaoka) POW camp. He taught English and Psychology and worked as a guidance counselor in a high school and community college for 31 years.

Harry Corre (88)

He lives in Los Angeles, California. He joined the U.S. Army in 1941. He was captured on Corregidor in May 1942 and was shipped to Japan in July 1943 on Clyde Maru. He was held at Omuta POW Camp.  He presently works at the Los
Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital as a Patient Advocate.

Ralph E. Griffith (88)

He lives in Hannibal, Missouri.  He enlisted in the army in 1941 at the age of 17.  He was captured on Corregidor in May 1942 and was shipped to Mukden, China (today’s Shenyang) in October 1942 on Tottori Maru via Korea to Manchuria. After the war, he worked for railways for 37 years until his retirement.


While in Japan, they will visit their former campsites and Kyoto as well as meeting with government officials, students and citizen groups.



On POW/MIA Recognition Day (Sep. 16), Ms. Judith Heisinger and Ms. Virginia (Ginger) Hansen Holmes participated in the US Navy Memorial held in Washington DC.

Judith read from Father Found written by his late husband, Navy Captain Duane Heisinger, and Ginger from her own book Guerilla Daughter.

Late Captain Heisinger, USN (Ret.) 2006        RADM Dan McKinnon and Ginger’s husband Kent


Father did not return home from the Philippines. He said only a few words before death came a few days after the second prison ship bombing. He smiled in responding to the last person who spoke with him before he slipped into a coma and died.      
                                                                                 ---  From Author's Note, Father Found

During the early weeks of the war, the subject of life as Japanese prisoners of war was an important one in conversations with friends and colleagues. Where family groups were concerned, it was the consensus that young girls faced greatest danger than boys. With this in mind, Mom and Dad came up with the notion that if captured by the Japanese, Peach and I might fare better if we were disguised as boys. So, our parents summoned the barber from a nearby barrio to our house to give us haircuts.                                          
                                                                                                ---  From Guerilla Daughter

POW Statue

In San Diego, a statue honoring American prisoners of war was dedicated at Miramar National Cemetery.

 “The Liberation Moment,” depicts the exhilaration of a prisoner of war emerging from captivity.  Past National Commander of ADBC Dr. Lester Tenney and his friend Mr. Clay Perkins attended the unveiling ceremony with their wives.

                   (Photo courtesy of Mr. Clay Perkins)


Op-ed article for POW/MIA Recognition Day

"Congress Is Missing in Action for the POWs/MIAs," written by Mr. Ralph Levenberg posted on the Huffington post.

"I simply ask for a genuine apology and that my presence be remembered. But first, Congress must stand by our side." 

Japanese translation is available here.


New story on Mr. Francis W. Malikowski added

Mr. Edward Malikowski recently published a book entitled, A Brother’s Hero. His brother Fran survived the Bataan Death March and was forced to work for Hitachi Shipyard in Mukaishima, Japan.

Please go to Malikowski.


Op-ed on the 66th anniversary of the end of WWII

Dr. Lester Tenney’s  op-ed article, “Slavery, Dignity and Japan, 66 Years Later,” was published in Wall Street Journal.  He wrote:

At the heart of all this effort is a simple truth: the need to remember, recognize and honor those who endured so much.

Please go to WSJ website to read the entire article.
Japanese translation is available here.


Passing of the oldest Death March survivor

“Remembering Dr. Albert Brown, the oldest Bataan Death March survivor” written by Jan Thompson posted. 

Please go to Dr. Albert Brown.

Jan Thompson is the producer of “The Tragedy of Bataan.”


Memorial at the Omine machi POW camp site

Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun published an article on August 12 about Omine machi POW camp and a memorial built on the former site by local people in 1996.

Please go to Omine machi POW camp.



New blog, American POWs of Japan, launched

This is a research project of Asia Policy Point, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that studies the US policy relationship with Japan and Northeast Asia.

The project aims to educate Americans on history of the POW experience both during and after World War II and its effect on the US-Japan alliance.

The most recent entry is about the Sendai POW camp group and the Japanese companies that used POW forced labor in those camps.

Please go to American POWs of Japan


Ms. Laura Hillenbrand, the author of the bestselling book, Unbroken: 
A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Audio clip of Ms. Hillenbrand's interview with NPR and her message to the Japanese people posted.

Please go to Hillenbrand message


"Reflection on attending the 2011 DG-ADBC Convention" by Ms. Shizu Maekawa posted

Ms. Maekawa is a Japanese graduate student who is writing her doctoral dissertation on former American POWs.

She attended the recent DG-ADBC Convention held in Pittsburgh.

Please go to Maekawa essay.


POW resolution

On June 24, Congressman Mike Honda (D: CA-15) introduced a bipartisan resolution honoring veterans who were held as POWs of the Japanese during World War II.

Text of the resolution

Press release issued by Congressman Honda's office
                                   Congressman Honda
                                                          former POWs Ed Jackfert and Lester Tenney with their wives

Send your petition from here


Former B-29 navigator and POW passed away

"In Memory of Mr. Raymond Hap Halloran" written by Ms. Yuka Ibuki posted.
Please go to Mr. Halloran



POW’s Son Visits President of Lone Star High-Speed Rail

Mr. John Lewis, the son of Lt. Col. John L. Lewis who died on the Hellship Brazil Maru, and his wife, Fran, visited Judge Robert A. Eckels, President of Lone Star High-Speed Rail, a company that tries to bring Japanese high speed rail technology to Texas. (Article about Judge Eckels)

Mr. Lewis shared the story of his father with Judge Eckels. 

Mr. Lewis and Judge Eckels

He also delivered a letter from four Past National Commanders of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, which called on the Japanese companies that enslaved American POWs during WWII to join the efforts to remember and honor the experience of POWs and to learn from it.

Letter from Dr. Lester Tenney, Mr. Edward Jeckfert, Mr. Ralph Levenberg and Mr. Joe Alexander is here.


Essay on Memorial Day

"Memorial Day 1943," written by Wes Injerd posted.
On May 30,1943, 1,500 POWs attended a service for 2,644 of their fallen comrades at Cabanatuan POW camp.

Please go to Memorial Day 1943


Former POW Mr. Overmier's Interview

Mr. William Overmier speaks about his experience as a forced laborer at Mitsubishi dock in Yokohama and his thoughts on Ambassador Fujisaki's apology, which he said was an honorable thing to do.

At the camp where he was held (Tokyo 1-D), 54 POWs died.

Please go to Overmier interview           Mr. and Mrs. Overmier with Japanese student Sho Sugiura


Timeless acts of kindness

Washington Post published an article, “Timeless acts of kindness: Tim Ruse took his grandfather’s story and an old photo and went in search of the Japanese boy who helped the soldier survive as a prisoner during World War II.”

Please go to the Washington Post article to read it and to the photo album to see related pictures.


 "POW Friendship Program" participants send their prayers

Fourteen participants in last year's "Japanese/American POW Friendship Program" sent their letter of condolences for the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami to Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki.


They wrote, "We watch with a heavy heart the devastation of your nation and your citizens and want you to know that the Japanese people are in our thoughts and prayers."

The letter was hand delivered to the Japanese Embassy by a group of POW descendants who live in the Washington DC area, including Descendants Group's Vice President Caroline Burkhart.

Mr. Yoshihiro Ohara of the Japanese Embassy accepted the letter.

Please read the entire letter.


Thoughts and prayers for the Japanese people

Former POWs and their families are sending their caring messages to the people of Japan that was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.

Please go to ToJapaneseVictims.htm


POW children write to Mr. Mineta

Board of Directors of the Descendants Group, an Auxiliary of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor (ADBC), sent a letter to former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, asking for his support: 

We understand your efforts to build high speed rail systems in the United States but we ask that you take this opportunity to encourage Japanese companies bidding on these contracts to do what simple human decency demands:  acknowledge their use of American prisoners of war as slave labor during WWII and apologize to the surviving former POWs.

DG's letter to former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta


POWs' letter to former Transportation Secretary

Three past Commanders of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, Dr. Lester Tenney, Mr. Edward Jackfert and Mr. Ralph Levenberg, sent a letter to former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, asking for his support. 

Please read the letter.


US High speed rail project and Japan’s WWII POW forced labor

Kyodo News, Japan’s leading news network, published an article on February 18, 2011, entitled, “Ex-POW wants apology from Japanese firms seeking U.S. rail contracts.”

Dr. Lester Tenney, a survivor of the Bataan Death March and forced labor at Mitsui coal mine, was quoted in the article as saying, “All we are saying is, if you want the contract, you should be responsible on social issues, and you should show your responsibility.” 

*Many of the companies belonging to the Japanese consortia that try to bid for US high speed rail project used American POWs as forced laborers during WWII.

The article also wrote, "Kawasaki Heavy Industries Chairman Tadaharu Ohashi questioned the appropriateness of bringing up the events of the war in relation to the rail project."

However, Norman Mineta, former U.S. secretary of transportation, was quoted as saying, “It seems to me (the companies) probably should apologize, depending on the nature of their involvement and the degree to which it was a prevalent practice.”

Kyodo News also reported on Dr. and Mrs. Tenney’s meeting in last December with then California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  
 Also see
Ex-WWII POW Meets CA Governor for Support in Pressuring Japanese Companies to Apologize for WWII Slave Labor


Sixty-Six Years Ago Today

Santo Tomas civilian internment camp in Manila was liberated on Feb 3, 1945. This picture of two liberated internees was published in the March 5, 1945 issue of LIFE magazine.

Please go to Santo Tomas liberation


New essay about the Mukden POW camp posted

Mukden POW camp was one of the largest Japanese POW camps, where more than 2,000 Allied POWs were kept. The former camp site has been turned into a historical museum by the city of Shenyang (formerly Mukden) and Liaoning Province with the support from the Chinese central government.

Please go to Mukden POW camp


Letter to seek support sent to California's new governor 

Dr. Lester Tenney, past national commander of American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, wrote to California governor Jerry Brown:

In your upcoming meetings with Japanese bidders for California’s high-speed rail contracts, I ask that you insist that they acknowledge their role in violating the human rights of American citizens. These Japanese companies should come clean about their wartime misuse and abuse of American POWs by apologizing and creating an educational fund to preserve the history of us American veterans.

Please read the entire letter.


Support from Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Mr. Stephen (Steve) R. Zeitz, National Commander of  Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America (JWV), sent letters to governors of Florida and California in support of former POWs of the Japanese. His action was in response to an article published in a popular Japanese magazine last month which cast doubt on the credibility of Dr. Lester Tenney's description of the Bataan Death March and the torture he received as a POW.

Dr. Tenney led the delegation of former POWs and descendants when they were invited to Japan last September by the Japanese government. They received an official apology
from the then Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada for the inhumane treatment they had suffered during WWII.

Both letters ask the governors to urge those Japanese companies that are now trying to bid for high-speed rail projects in their states, most of which enslaved American POWs during WWII, to support educational projects on the history of POWs of the Japanese.

JWV letter to Florida Governor Rick Scott
JWV letter to California Governor Jerry Brown

English translation of the article about Dr. Tenney can be found here


Letter to seek support sent to Florida's new governor 

Mr. Edward Jackfert, past national commander of American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, wrote to Florida governor Rick Scott:

I ask that you tell Japan’s Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara that his country’s greatest corporations involved in bidding for Florida’s high-speed rail contracts need to come clean about their wartime use and abuse of American POWs.

Please read the entire letter.


Former POW Dr. Lester Tenney met California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Please read the press release from the Simon Wiesenthal Center:

Ex-WWII POW Meets CA Governor for Support in Pressuring Japanese
Companies to Apologize for WWII Slave Labor



Book review article, "ADAPT OR DIE" posted.

Kinue Tokudome reviewed Mr. JD Merritt's remarkable POW memoir, which he describes as follows:  "Truth is the soul of this book and it is written exactly as I lived it."

Please go to "JD Merritt's memoir."


Op-ed article on high speed rail project and Japanese companies’ POW forced labor

"Japan is responsible for teaching," written by Dr. Alfred Balitzer and Rabbi Abraham Cooper was published in the Orlando Sentinel on December 3.

Japanese translation is available here.


 "Grandsons of Japanese POW and Bataan Death March Survivor Travel to Japan"

Recently, Mr. Timothy Ruse, grandson of former POW late Mr. Carl Ruse, traveled to Japan with his wife and brother. He gave speeches at Nanzan School in Nagoya and visited the factory where his grandfather had been forced to work. He also wanted to find the boy who was kind to his grandfather.

Please go to Grandsons' trip to Japan to read his report.

The speech Mr. Ruse gave in  Japan can be found here.


Former POW Dr. Lester Tenney's friendship with the Japanese people

Ms. Yuka Ibuki translated articles published by the Asahi Shimbun and AP.


Mr. Roger Mansell passed away

Founder and Director of Center for Research: Allied POWS Under the Japanese  Mr. Roger Mansell passed away on October 25. 

Roger created a massive database on Allied soldiers who became POWs of the Japanese and helped many former POWs, their descendants, researchers, and anyone who wanted to learn about the POW history find information they needed. He will be greatly missed.

More information on Roger and his work can be found at:
Roger Mansell (October 8, 1935 - October 25, 2010)                                                                                                                             Mr. Roger Mansell Roger's last message                                                                     Photo credit: Dan Sullivan 
from the website of Hoover Institution
Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Research Collection of Roger Mansell, Concerning World War II Prisoners of War



A Study in Valor: The Faith of a Bataan Death March Survivor

Interview with the author, Judge William T. Garner, posted.

Please go to A Study in Valor



 “I want to meet the boy who saved my grandfather”

Japanese newspaper, Chunichi Shimbun, published an article about a grandson's search for a Japanese boy who saved his POW grandfather.

  Chunichi Shimbun, Sep. 11



Picture report on "Japanese/American POW Friendship Program" posted.


Please go to POWs trip to Japan, 2010


Japanese/American POW Friendship Program

The government of Japan has invited six former POWs and two descendants to their country for a week-long visit beginning September 12.

The group is being led by Dr. Lester Tenney, the last National Commander of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor.  Here are the participants:

            Lester Tenney         Joe Alexander            Ed Jackfert          Robert Rosendahl

             Earl Szwabo           Donald  Versaw       Jan Thompson           Nancy Kragh 
father Robert. Thompson   father Clarence White

* For more information visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

   Former Prisoners of War (POWs) from the United States Invited to Japan


Op-ed article on Japanese companies' responsibility

San Jose Mercury News published an op-ed article
"Japanese bidders on high speed rail should have to apologize to World War II POWs" written by
By Alfred Balitzer and Abraham Cooper.

Japanese translation is available here.


California high speed train project and POW forced labor

The Simon Wiesenthal Center issued a press release regarding the bill passed by the California legislature that would require companies submitting bids for the state’s high-speed rail project to disclose their conduct during WWII.

Please go to the website of the Simon Wiesenthal Center:
 “Japanese firms must meet same standards demanded of European firms.

Photo: Dr. Lester Tenney, survivor of the Bataan Death March and forced labor at Mitsui coal mine. with Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center


Article on the POW invitation

Mainichi Shimbun published an article on July 31 about  the Japanese government's program to invite American former POWs to Japan.

“This expression of kindness by the Japanese people will be an important opportunity to open up the hearts of the former POWs, but at the same time, we cannot forget the terrible days that we spent as slave laborers. We want the companies that carried out such to carry out their responsibility.

                                                                                               -- Lester Tenney

Entire article:  POW invitation


POW resolution

Congressman Mike Honda has introduced on July 28 a resolution welcoming and commending the Government of Japan for extending an official apology to all United States former prisoners of war from the Pacific War and moving forward in planning to invite surviving members to Japan.

The House of Representatives requests that the Government of Japan respect the wishes and sensibilities of the United States prisoners of war by providing an appropriate program for lasting remembrance and reconciliation that recognizes their sacrifices and forced labor.   
                                                                              Congressman Honda with former POWs      Entire text  H. RES. 1567                             Mr. and  Mrs. Jackfert and  Dr. and Mrs. Tenney


Op-ed piece on Japanese companies’ responsibility

“Issue of Abuse of Allied POWs: Government and Companies Should Apologize” was published in the Mainichi Shimbun, evening edition, 7/26/2010.


Thoughts on Fourth of July

Mr. Edward Jackfert (89), who served twice as National Commander of American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, was Grand Marshall at the Fourth of July parade held in his hometown, Wellsburg, WV. Here are his thoughts on that day:

August 15, 2010 will be the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II.  Having suffered through and surviving World War II,   I have discovered that war is nothing but DEATH AND DESTRUCTION. 

I along with my wife Henrietta have devoted much of our remaining lifetime in remembering those who fought so gallantly in defending the Philippine Islands from December 8, 1941 until May 10, 1942, and the terrible price we have paid in maintaining our freedom.

This effort will be consummated through expansion of a museum  relating to the war in the Far East which is now located in Wellsburg, West Virginia.  The museum is educational in nature with a sense of memorializing those who died defending our nation. We are hoping that we have somehow contributed to this cause by informing the world of the futility of war and that some other means should be found to solve international problems.  Plans have been drawn up for the expansion of the current museum and an international drive for funds to assist in its construction is now being pursued.      Edward and Henrietta Jackfert                                                                                                                                                           

Mr. Jackfert (arrow) at Nisshin Flour Mill POW camp where he was liberated


Article in the Foreign Policy

Mr. Christian Caryl, former Tokyo correspondent for Newsweek, wrote about  the responsibility of Japanese companies for WWII POW forced labor in his article, "Unfinished Business."

He wrote, "For 65 years, Japanese corporations have escaped responsibility for abusing American POWs during World War II."

Please read the entire article on the Foreign Policy website.  
Japanese translation is available here.


Concerns raised on a book about civilian POW experience

Essay, “Former Civilian POWs of the Japanese Disapprove the Inaccurate Account
 of their History as Told in Child P.O.W.—A Memoir of Survival

FEPOW Remembrance Service 2010 to be held in the UK on August 15

Although we focus on the experiences of American POWs, Mr. Arthur Lane, Chairman of NATIONAL EX SERVICES ASSOCIATION, which organizes this event, has been a regular visitor to our site.  We appreciate encouraging messages he often sends us.

More information on Remembrance Service


Press release on Japan's decision to compensate Siberian Internees

Three past Commanders of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, Dr. Lester Tenney, Mr. Edward Jackfert and Mr. Ralph Levenberg, issued the following press release.


Survivors of Japan's WWII POW Camps Call on Japan for the Same Treatment as Siberian Internees


Bridge for Peace

"Obstacle hindering mutual understanding between Japan and the Philippine on history," written by Ms. Naoko Jin, Founder and President of "Bridge for Peace, (BFP)" was posted.

BFP has been delivering messages between former Japanese soldiers and the people in the Philippines. 



New Memorial Plaque at Soto Dam

This is to report the completion of the project, posted in this news section on November 15, 2007. 

The revised new plaque was unveiled at this years' Memorial Service for the victims of the Soto Dam, and Mr. Philip Eakins made a speech along with the Commander of the US Sasebo Naval Base and the Mayor of Sasebo City. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the bereaved families, researchers and everybody concerned, for their corporation to dig out and memorize the truth.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                    --- Yuka Ibuki

Please read "Memorial to American POWs in Sasebo receives an update"


Op-ed on Japanese companies' responsibility for WWII forced labor

Mainichi Shimbun, Japan's third-largest national newspaper, published on May 10, “Japanese Companies Should Apologize to Former POWs for Their WWII Forced Labor and Abuse,” written by Dr. Lester Tenney and Kinue Tokudome.   Japanese original 

Please go to   Mainichi op-ed  for English translation. 



POW invitation program

Yomiuri  Shimbun, Japan's largest newspaper, published an article on the POW invitation.

Please go to "Gov't to invite survivors of Bataan Death March."

Please also read last year's Yomiuri article on the same topic:   "POW invitation program." 


 Descendants Group Convention

                                                                                (photo courtesy of Mr. Dan Traub)

First National Convention of “Descendants Group, an Auxiliary of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor" was held in Reno, Nevada on April 7-11.

Here are some highlights.


Essay on American POWs of the Japanese won 2nd place

Anthony Zendejas was awarded 2nd place in the VFW National Voice of Democracy Essay Contest held in Washington DC on March 7, and was presented with the Charles Kuralt (CBS Evening News Correspondent) Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $16,000.

Anthony competed against 54 representatives: one from each state, and the Department of the Pacific Areas, the Department of Europe, the Department of Latin America/Caribbean and, the Department of Washington D.C. 

Learn more about his winning essay  and his one-person play:

Anthony with VFW National Commander Thomas J. Tradewell
and VFW Ladies Auxiliary President Jan Tittle



Dr. Tenney wrote for Japan Times

Japan Times published an op-ed article written by Dr. Lester Tenney, the last National Commander of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor. He wrote:

The U.S.-Japan Alliance was created and is maintained by the contributions and sacrifices of members of the American military dedicated to creating peace and democracy in Japan. The American POWs of Japan are part of this Alliance history.

Please go to "Former POW rejects idea that DPJ is anti-American."

Japanese translation is available here


New essay, "My Friend Louis 'Lou' Curtis (1919-2010)," written by Mr. Don Versaw posted. 

Mr. Curtis, who recently passed away, was Don's friend since 1940 and his fellow POW.

Please go to Don's essay on his friend.


New essay, "Our Director, Mr. Clay Perkins, helped to expose lies in the Atomic bomb book," posted.

The publisher of The Last Train from Hiroshima, which producer James Cameron was planning to base his movie on, has stopped printing copies of this book as a result of the efforts made by our director, Mr. Clay Perkins, and others.

Please go to  Perkins and the Last Train from Hiroshima



A Japanese scholar's paper on the POW history

"The Treatment of Prisoners of War by the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy Focusing on the Pacific War," written by Dr. Kyoichi Tachikawa is now available online at:

Dr. Tachikawa is a Senior Research Fellow, Military History Department, National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), the main policy research arm of the Ministry of Defense of Japan.

The original Japanese version was published in
Boueikenkyusho Kiyo [NIDS Security Studies] Volume 10 Number 1 (September, 2007)

The English translation was published in the NIDS Security Reports No. 9 (December, 2008)


Resolution by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) on the POW issue posted

Please go to "Support Former POW Slave Labor Claims Against Japanese Firms."  


Anthony goes to Washington DC

Anthony Zendejas, who has been studying the history of POWs of the Japanese and making many presentations, won 1st place for Washington State Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy Audio/Essay contest and will compete for the national title in Washington DC.

Please go to "Anthony goes to Washington DC."

 with VFW National Commander in Chief, Thomas J. Tradewell Sr.