Mitsubishi ... and World War II Slave Labor
Authur William Jones was a POW slave labor for Mitsubishi Copper Mine at Sendai #6, Hanawa POW Camp. An excerpt from account of Art's experience there follows. [ www.combatvets.net/asp/biopage.asp?ID=73 ]
"In Hanawa one day I had the Marine plaque out when a Japanese guard was getting ready to rough me up with his rifle butt. He asked if I was a Marine. I replied in the affirmative. This guard could speak broken English. I told him the story of the plaque. He told me that he knew of the Marines and said they were brave fighting men. He then turned around and left me. The plaque, Iím sure, saved me from a beating."
Beriberi was prevalent among the American prisoners. There were no vitamins. One night, fluids in Jonesí chest became so great that he could barely breathe. He grew weaker. The congestion hurt so muchÖ. Jones tried to forget the pain by thinking of better things. His mind traveled, but eventually came back to the plaque of the Fourth Marines. "I got to my feet and with all the strength I could muster I began to jog up and down the length of the barracks. Oh, how it hurt.Ē I donít know exactly what happened but the fluids in my chest seemed to go someplace else and the pain eased. Again, due to the Marine plaque, I had a will to survive."
(Last Updated: January 31, 2004.)
"Jones tried to forget the pain by thinking of better things. His mind traveled, but eventually came back to the plaque of the Fourth Marines."