I think I’ve found the correct camp. According to this website, Hakodate Camp 2-B changed its name first to Tokyo-6, then Sendai-4 (Ohashi).  Which means two things, first, that I’ve been looking in the wrong places, and second, that this afternoon I held the file for this very camp in my hand and passed over it. In, Read More

Too Late

Posted on August 20, 2005 by

I just discovered that following up with George Stoddard won’t be possible — he passed away on July 10. More on George Stoddard and the U.S.S. Houston here: http://usshouston.blogspot.com/   (this is in followup to my post a few days ago, about my grandfather’s World War II service, spent mostly as a prisoner of, Read More

Got the cable

Posted on August 20, 2005 by

I went back to the archives this afternoon, to get the next box they’d pulled — the POW related cables. Here is the cable, which says it is from the Hokadate camp, listing my grandfather. It also lists Captain Lundy Ziegler — referenced in my grandfather’s affafavit — as the senior officer in the, Read More

A trip to the archives

Posted on August 20, 2005 by

So, the next step was the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.  I called and talked at length with one of the military archivists, then went to visit. The bad news — no unit records survived, apparently.  Tracking them down may be even worse than normal, because the unit was separated from their parent, Read More

A call from Texas

Posted on August 20, 2005 by

So, I needed to know: was Fred Miles actually assigned to 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery?  And if so, what camp did he end up with in Japan?  It looks like most of the battalion ended up going to Burma, where they were essentially enslaved, building what became known as the “Death Railway” across, Read More

The Lost Battalion

Posted on August 20, 2005 by

Having never met my grandfather, I never really knew any details of his World War II experience.  He died the year I was born (I think) or shortly afterward. My Dad emailed me a couple of weeks ago when all the news was on about the 60th anniversary of the end of the war. , Read More