SUPREME COMMANDER FOR THE ALLIED POWERS
INVESTIGATION DIVISION FUKUOKA BRANCH
22 March 1946
SUBJECT: Further investigation of the Fukuoka Branch Camp Number
TO: Lt. Col. Richard E. Rudisill, Chief Investigation Division
By the direction of the Chief, Investigation Division, Robert
E. Humphreys, 2nd Lt. Infantry, and Melvin S. Cohn, 2nd Lt. Infantry,
accompanied by Sgt. Jack Oda made a further investigation of
Prisoner of War Camp Number Six between 19 March and 22 March
1. For pictures, blueprints, summary, and further affidavits
or general camp conditions on POW Camp Number Six, please refer
to investigation report made by this investigation officer 14
2. In August, 1943, an Australian private named GEORGE ALFRED
IRWIN, age 25, escaped from FUKUOKA BRANCH CAMP NUMBER SIX
at ORIO SHI [Mizumaki], Fukuoka
ken and made his way to YAHATA SHI, FUKUOKA KEN where he was
apprehended by the Japanese prefectual police on 21 August 1943.
Camp Six at ORIO SHI was notified and two cars set out to retrieve
the escaped prisoner. Lt. KAZUMO SUEMATSU, then camp commander
of Camp Number Six (See Exhibit A) Sgt. MATSUKATSU HOZUMI (See
exhibit B) and several guards were present in the party. After
having picked up the prisoner, the car started back to the camp.
On the way, the cars turned off onto a side road adjacent to
the police sration in Orio-shi. About 500 meters down this road,
GEORGE IRWIN was permitted to leave the car to urinate. (See
exhibit 6) GEORGE IRWIN was then alleged to have tried to escape
whereupon MASAKATSU HOZUMI seized him and strangled him into
unconsciousness. As soon as IRWIN regained consciousness, Sgt.
Maj. TSUGUO IWANUMA shot him once in the back, with a model 38
[Note: Irwin was murdered on 21
August 1943. Rank-Private, VX50024, 4th Reserve Motor Transport,
home town: Cockatoo, Vistoria, Australia; His brother Joseph
Ronald Irwin died on Death Railway at Little Nikki on 18 Nov
3. KASUMOTEO SUEMATSU according to his own testimony (see exhibit
A0 admits that GEORGE ALFRED IRWIN was shot in the back by SGT.
MAJ. TSUGUO IWANUMA on 21 August 1943. Due to the excitement
he cannot remember whether or not he gave the order to do so
or not. He states howe3ver, that it was his intent to kill the
prisoner of war before they got back to the camp in compliance
with orders from higher-ups.
MASAKATSU HOZUMI admits in his testimony (see exhibit B.) That
after the prisoner supposedly tried to escape again under the
pretext of having to urinate, he strangled him into unconsciousness.
4. MITSUYOSHI WAKIZAKA, age 41, was a foreman over the POWs from
May 1943 to August 14, 1945. He admits in his testimony (see
Exhibit D) that on numerous occasions he used strong arm methods
on the PWs to make them work. He abused the prisoners on different
occasions using his hands, feet, and various instruments. He
states that he was not ordered to beat the prisoners to make
them work, but did so on his own volition. In other instances,
he punished the prisoners for careless acts which were in reality
a result of his own negligence.
ROBERT E. HUMPHREYS 2nd Lt. Inf.
War Crimes Investigation Div.
MELVIN S. COHN 2nd LT., Inf.
War Crimes Investigation Div.