Sendai 10-B

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Sendai #10 on May 20, 1945, when the camp opened. What is known about the camp is that the POWs worked at a steel mill and that hose who worked at the steel mill did so without proper safety devices and were exposed to excessive heat and gaseous fumes causing many POWs to become sick. Others were injured because of the lack of safety regulations. The civilian supervisors beat the POWs hardwood sticks or fists if they believed they were not working hard enough. When they returned to camp they had to clean up the campground.

In the camp, the Japanese withheld clothing, medical supplies and treatment, and food from Red Cross packages. The food the POWs were fed was inadequate low-quality rice. The POWs smuggled food into the camp and were beaten if they were caught doing this.

In all likelihood, Ira worked in the camp hospital. It was reported that the POWs who reported for sick call were beaten because they had reported for sick call. The sick POWs who could walk were required to work. Corporal punishment was practiced in the camp and the POWs kicked, slapped, punched, and hit with clubs and pipes. If one POW broke a rule, all the POWs were made to stand at attention for hours.

The camp was liberated about September 12, 1945, and the POWs arrived at Yokohama and boarded the U.S.S. Rescue on September 13 and given medical examinations. From the Rescue, he was transferred to the U.S.S. San Juan, a light cruiser, and taken to Okinawa where he was transferred to another ship and returned to the Philippines.