WWII Japanese POW Camp
Fukuoka #17 - Omuta

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Of the One of the Largest Japanese POW Camps of WWII

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Recommended Reading O'Donnell & Cabanatuan Poetry Page Contact Linda Dahl Weeks

Fukuoka 17 Camp Photo

This site originated 2002. It began in 2001 when my 6th grade library students learned the story of the Death March, disease, starvation, and internment in a Japanese Prison Camp through the experiences of our former Post Master, Wayne Petrie. I can still picture them today; sitting, stunned, and many with tears in their eyes as the reality of what these men endured for the freedom of which they (the students) were now privileged.

After presenting, I admit I was surprised at the overwhelming response of the students. They wanted to know more and wanted to write to the veterans. I was able to get addresses of men who had been in the same camp as Petrie. We had not expected so many responses, we wrote only to honor them with a thank you letter. Yet, we received so many letters in return that I felt these "submissions," along with the books, photos, and letters they also sent, needed to be preserved. And thus I began this website.

I sum up the value of our project with this one comment from a former Camp 17 POW. After having received a letter from the students, he wrote, in part...

"Until I received your letter, I had given up hope that anyone cared."

As I continue this work, to the best of my ability, I will not let another ever believe "no one cared."
-- Linda Dahl Weeks

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