Former POW Dr. Lester Tenney met California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Please read the press release from the Simon Wiesenthal Center:
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."
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
"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
A Study in Valor: The Faith of a Bataan Death March Survivor
Interview with the author, Judge William T. Garner, posted.
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.
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
* For more information visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Op-ed article on Japanese companies' responsibility
San Jose Mercury News published an op-ed article
Japanese translation is
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
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.
want the companies that carried out such to carry out their
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.
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."
Concerns raised on a book about civilian POW experience
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.
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. http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=50479
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
extend my heartfelt gratitude to the bereaved families, researchers and
everybody concerned, for their corporation to dig out and memorize the
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 also read last year's Yomiuri article on the same topic: "POW invitation program."
Descendants Group Convention
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.
Anthony with VFW National Commander Thomas J. Tradewell
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
POW rejects idea that DPJ is anti-American."
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
Defense Studies (NIDS),
the main policy research arm of the Ministry of Defense of Japan.
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."