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HORIE, KIROKA -Lt.(jg) I.J.N.
HAYASHI, YINERU- Lt. (jg) I.J.N.
SATO, KESUKICHI- Capt. I.J.A.
YAMASHITA, MASAO- Capt. I.J.A.
KONISKI, SHANOSUKE- Pvt. I.J.A.
These Japanese prisoners were transported to Guam on Atlanta for war crimes
One of the jg's was executed on Guam in 1948, possibly the one who murdered
and help eat an Australian pilot who bailed out of his aircraft over Chichi
One of the Captains was supposed to be the
Commander of Jap forces on Wake Island when recaptured. His crime was the
brutal treatment given to the civilian workers who were retained on the
island after its capture by the Japs.
We do not think we ever knew that these POWs were
to be tried for war crimes. Their orders were sealed and SECRET.
For more information on the crimes committed on Chichi Jima, read
A TRUE STORY OF COURAGE" by James Bradley