Source: NARA - Record
Group 331 Box 942
SUPREME COMMANDER FOR THE ALLIED POWERS
8 August 1947
MEMORANDUM FOR FILE:
Camp No. 7-B
Toyama, Honshu, Japan (Nagoya)
1. In view of the fact that the undersigned, who was recently
given the above case for analysis, is returning to the United
States in the very near future, this memorandum for the file
is being written so that the one to whom the case is given for
trial may have a better understanding of the same.
2. Camp No. 7-B was constructed by the Nippon Soda Company, Ltd.,
on its own property about 300 meters from the Nippon Soda Factory
where the prisoners from the Camp were employed. Approximately
195 American Prisoners of War were confined in this camp during
the summer of 1945. The prisoners were engaged in the production
of steel alloy in the factory. The file of this case disclosed
many dangerous working conditions, as well as the lack of precautionary
measure in the event of American air raids, which from about
the middle of July 1945 until the end of the war were quite frequent.
3. Second Lieutenant NEGISHI, Shoichi, was the Camp Commander.
The file discloses that charges and specifications against NEGISHI
were at one time prepared, but that on 17 January 1946, it was
recommended that he be released from Sugamo Prison and, further,
that on 19 February 1846, he was released, presumably on the
theory that no case against him exists. In view of the numerous
statements contained numerous affidavits in the file, the undersigned
heartily concurs in the fact that no legal case exists against
the Camp Commander. In support of this statement, attention is
called to the statement in the file by Guy H. Stubbs, Lieutenant
Colonel, U.S. Army, the senior American Prisoner of War in this
camp, under date of 25 August 1945, which contains the following
with reference to NEGISHI:
He has shown more concern for the
welfare of Prisoners of War than I have experienced in any if
the eight Prisoner of War Camps or concentration areas in which
I have been confined... I feel personally indebted to Lieutenant
Shoichi NEGISHI for his courteous service to myself and my men.
I speak for all 195 Americans here in requesting such courtesy
and consideration as you can grant him.
4. Later, on 25 July 1946, Lieutenant Colonel Stubbs executed
an affidavit in which he states that on 25 August 1945 he voluntarily
gave a written statement of Lieutenant NEGISHI, relative to his
administration of this camp. In view of the above, it is the
opinion of the undersigned that there are no grounds for presenting
charges against Lt. NEGISHI.
5. There was only one death at the camp, that of one C.S. Uckerman.
Lieutenant Colonel Stubbs, in his affidavit of 25 July 1946,
states that the real cause of this death was probably deficient
diet over the period of many months not particularly at
6. Perhaps the worst offenders at this camp were two guards known
as "Three Fingers" alias "Three-Finger Jack"
and "Three-Finger Pete"; and "Torpedo" alias
"Limpy" and "Gimpy". The affidavit of Lieutenant
Colonel Stubbs states that the true name of "Three Fingers"
was NAKAGAWA, Yukihiro and it is believed that the true name
of the guard known as "Torpedo" is MIZUSHIMA, Umekichi.
7. According to the records of the Criminal Registry Division,
a search has been made for NAKAGAWA for a period of about one
year, that he was not apprehended, and that finally his name
was deleted at the request of the Prosecution Division, Legal
Section, GHQ, SCAP. No request haas ever been made for the apprehension
of MIZUSHIMA and he is merely listed in the office of Criminal
Registry Division as a suspect perpetrator.
8. With reference to beatings and slappings administered by "Three
Fingers" to the Prisoners of War, it is suggested and recommended
that the affidavits of the following former Prisoners of War
be referred to:
HAGEN, Garland W.
WOOD, Cecil L.
LONG, Joseph Wilson
9. With reference to the beatings and slappings administered
by "Torpedo", it is suggested and recommended that
the affidavits of the following former Prisoners of War be referred
HOYT, LeRoy L.
TRIPP. Harry P.
GOODMAN, Dean Ivan
DALY, Robert D.
KRUGER, Courtney T.
10. All other affidavits in the file are either so lacking in
specific information or else contain matters so beneficial to
the Defense that they are not deemed to be worthy of consideration.
11. In the file of Case Number NA-9, Nagoya Prisoner of War Branch
Number 8, appear a number of affidavits which lead to the conclusion
that the affiants (sic) were confined in that camp, as well as
the subject camp. Among these is the affidavit of THOMAS, Harold
L., formerly a Corporal in the United States Army and whose home
address is 3577 Wyandotte Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
12. On 9 July 1947, at the suggestion of, and upon the recommendation
of Mr. Murray Gray, Prosecution Division, Legal Sections, GHQ,
SCAP, the personal presence, in Tokyo, of said Thomas was requested
by Radio Telcon to the War Department, Washington, D.C. No word
has, as yet, been received as to when Thomas will arrive in this
13. In the opinion of the undesigned, the factgs contgained in
subject file do not present a particularly strong case; however,
provided these two guards "Three Fingers" and "Torpedo"
can be apprehended and proper identification made, it is thought
that sufficient grounds for charging both of them exist.
/s/ Robert T. Price
ROBERT T. PRICE
Legal Section, GHQ, SCAP