This famous picture from the National Archives, shows how poorly the Japanese fed these two former POWs and the other POWs. Both men were liberated by American Rangers from Cabanatuan POW Camp in the Philippine Islands in January, 1945.
The spoon that Sgt. Jim Bashleben made from his mess kit is shown in this picture. The tag on the picture says that the spoon is approximately four inches long.
of wood has Sgt. Jim Bashleben's POW number of
1160 written on it. This was his POW number
while a Fukuoka POW Camp 17 in Japan.
© Courtesy of Jim Bashleben
Telegram sent to the parents of
Sgt. Jim Bashleben by the Adjutant General after
it was learned that he was alive in Fukuoka Camp
Courtesy of Jim Bashleben