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HERE'S an over-all view of the Japanese prison camp where Wilson spent two miserable years. He weighed only 115 pounds on his Jap diet, but he's a rather hefty gent now. Many of the men landed at Moji from the hot Philippines in just a shirt and undershorts or shoes and shorts. I arrived on August 4, 1944, but when the next group arrived on a snowy day in February of '45, I could recognize my friends only by their voices. Their features had altered that much! They were living skeletons. Cecil Sims As long as you would abide and try to do what they wanted, they weren't too harsh on you. There were some good Japanese. I remember that when one boy died of dysentery, they buried him in a garden. At the moment they were putting him into the ground, tears came to the eyes of the Japanese doctor who had seen him suffer. Heb-iicf Sfmp We had one Nip guard who wore hob-nail shoes. When he'd wake you up, he'd come right down through your face and tear you all to pieces. One morning, as he came across the bay, an American mine blew up, tearing off his arms and legs. Some of the Nips seemed as happy about it as we were. Charles Reed If it hadn't been for the American Red Cross parcels with quinine, I wouldn't be alive today. Cecil Sim 'HI Bloek-BuMter I was in a hospital with a broken cartilage from my shoulder to my breast from carrying 220-pound sacks on my back, when the American planes began bombing. Navy planes dropped a big block-buster right in the middle of a textile mill, killing 127 Japanese women and children. Marcus hawson We could tell how the tear wa going by the way we were treated. If the American force were doing well, the J apt would put at on an extra heavy work detail and beat nt. Cecil Siim In September of '44, I went to the island of Kyushu to work in the mines. The Japs had a mine god. Every morning we had to bow to that gentleman so that he would hold up the ceiling for us. When we came out at night, we had to bow to that gentleman again, to thank him. One morning, as we were on our way to the mine, the air raid alert blew. Four Navy fighter planes came over the mountain and started diving. We ran into the mine, which was filled with Japanese civilians. We didn't stop to bow to that gentleman that day. Grov.er Whittinghill The Aimmie Bmb The morning they dropped the atomic bomb, we were in the mess hall. It sounded like an earthquake. We saw an awful toadstool across the bay, towering up four or five hundred Continued on following page k . i s ' V 5fA , r it1 J - i , J t. CECIL VAN DIVER now works in a linen room at a hospital in Danville. k U i'lifi 'ii i fl EARL FOWLER lives at Burgin. He gardens and often builds bird houses.