Mitsubishi ... and World War II Slave Labor

Grayford C. Payne

The following is an excerpt from Payne's account of life as a POW as quoted in September 26, 1994, Washington Post mentioned in www.h-net.msu.edu/~asia/threads/thrdenola.html.


In the latter part of June 1945, a note was posted in our camp. It was signed by Hideki Tojo. And it said, 'The moment the first American soldier sets foot on the Japanese mainland, all prisoners of war will be shot.' And they meant it. I hadn't been a prisoner for fifteen minutes before they bayoneted a fifteen-year-old Filipino kid right next to me - a kid so innocent he scraped together this little dirt dam with his last bit of energy so he wouldn't bleed on my uniform while he died.


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"I hadn't been a prisoner for fifteen minutes before they bayoneted a fifteen-year-old Filipino kid right next to me "

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