Bateman, Jack 1998-06-26

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Jack Bateman, a resident of Arlington, Texas, discusses his experience in a Prisoner of War Civilian Camp during World War II.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Jack Bateman

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Date: June 26, 1998

Location: Arlington, Texas

Interviewer: David Marshall

Length: 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: b. January 18, 1928, TinZen, China, Father: military service, Prisoner of War Civilian Camp – January 5, 1942, Philippines, Manila, 13 years old, Japanese obtained records from the U.S. Embassy, Asked him to bring clothes for 2 or 3 days, Transferred him to a civilian camp for 3 years, University of Santa Maul, Discouragement, Fear, Hopelessness, System, Camp President, Ground Patrol, Cooks – most cooks were from a captured Norwegian ship, Education, Schools, Eight hours, Dining sheds were substituted for regular classrooms, Principal, Food, 150 grams of rice per day, Each prisoner had to process the rice, Deaths associated with indigestion, Work, Sold smuggled food, Stories, Volunteered to help build a dam, Farmer, Made cornbread, Wood cutter, Rice sifter, Runner – brought food to the barracks from the kitchen, Rangers, Boy Scout Organization, Symbolism for each patch, Stories, Admiration for education, The Liberation - 1944, Incoming Amphibious landed behind the Japanese line, Fear of execution, 11th Airborne, Tanks , Last meal November 1944, California - 1946, Baptist Missionary, Traveled to Texas to study Priesthood

Range Dates: 1928-1998

Bulk Dates: 1941-1976

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