|Drawings by POWs in various camps in
All drawings are courtesy of Ted Wickord Jr.
|Front view of a POW
barracks at Ofuna Camp which was a interrogation
camp. The buildings were made from scrap wood and
put together in prefabricated 3 foot by 6 foot
sections. There were 30, 6 foot by 9 foot, cells
and each had wooden barred windows. The buildings
were braced by wire to stakes and were very cold and
dirty when windy.
|Rear view of Ofuna Camp
in 1942. On left is the galley, on right is the
benjo, and the area in the foreground was where most of
the "formal" beatings took place. The picture was
drawn from memory after the POW was sent to another camp
where it was safer to draw.
|POW Galley at Ofuna POW
|POWs at Ofuna preparing to leave to go to work.|
|POW courtyard at Zentsuji where POWs hung bedding and clothing. The two buildings on the right were benjos. At first, the trip to the benjos was hazardous because of the human waste near them. After the POW dysentery was brought under control, it was much easier.|
|The POW kitchen at Zentsuji.|
|Inside a POW barracks at Zentsuji|
|POW on work detail
outside of camp clearing a tree stomp.
|POWs working outside the
camp, at Zentsuji, smoking while on the work
detail. The Japanese called these breaks
|POWs sunning themselves. The
pipe, in the drawing, is a drain pipe not a pipe to heat
the barracks. The food drying on the window sill
is a POW delicacy called Hoshi Cake which was made
Japanese medical pills, water, and some flavoring if it
|POWs perform what they called the Egg
Ceremony at Zentsuji sometime in 1944. They had
been told that they each would receive one egg every 45
days. About half the POWs received three eggs
before the policy was changed. The only time all
the POWs received an egg was at Christmas.
Occasionally the POW received 60 to 80 eggs for their
stew which was shared by 700 men.
|Each Sunday night at Zentsuji, the
POWs put on a show of singing, acting, and costumes.
|Each barracks at Zentsuji
was referred to as a room. This drawing is
of Room 18 which was where Lt. Col. Ted Wickord lived in
|Two POWs at Zentsuji Camp on night "Death Watch" in the camp bathhouse which had a concrete floor. One reason this was done was to prevent the rats from chewing on the body.|
|POW bunks at Zentsuji POW
|Catholic Chapel at
Zentsuji POW Camp. Lt. Col. Ted Wickord was
|Birthday card given to
Lt. Col. Ted Wickord by the officers the 192nd Tank
Battalion who were POWs with him at Zentsuji POW
Camp. Donald Duck was a nickname given to a guard
|Signatures of the
officers, of the 192nd Tank Battalion Officers, on the
birthday card, who were with Lt. Col. Ted Wickord at
Zentsuji POW Camp.
|A POW Christmas card from Zentsuji.
|POW at Zentsuji
performing outside cleanup. The brooms were made
from hard twigs that fell apart in heavy use. The
cart, in the background, held 8 barrows for benjo