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Remembering FEPOW
Managed By: Icon Here FEPOW Commemorators
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OUR AIM:
We are creating a valuable resource where points of interest dedicated specifically to the Far East Prisoners of War are accessible for those wanting to research their relatives and find out as much as they can about this part of the war which lay forgotten for so long.

This category will waymark all things all over the world relating to the FEPOW from memorials, graves, places where information can be found, to the actual places involved in the World War II conflict in the Far East
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HISTORY:

Whilst the Second World War raged in Europe and beyond it was in the Far East that a very different kind of war began. At the beginning of the year 1942 Japan captured the Far East on its quest to command the resources available on this mountainous land of jungle. Troops were sent out to stop the onslaught of the Japanese as they advanced across the land and sea but many were sent too late into a trap of instant capture.

When Singapore fell the islands beyond succombed. The Japanese captured part of China including Peking and Shanghai, Hong Kong; Rangoon, Hanoi and Saigon in Malaya; Burma; Thailand; French Indo-China; The Philippines; Borneo; Sumatra; Batavia with Java; The Dutch East Indies with Haruku; part of New Guinea; The Solomon Islands; and the many islands from north Japan to just north of Darwin in Australia. Korea was already part of the Japanese Empire and fought alongside them.

PRISONERS:

The Japanese found themselves with hundreds of thousands of Prisoners of War. These were American, Australian, New Zealand, British, Dutch and Chinese troops but the majority were the innocent natives. All became subject to the brutality which followed. With so many Prisoners of War the Japanese put the prisoners to work. It became horrendous slave labour.

The prisoners were fed a diet of white rice, which was often maggot-ridden, with little else; malnutrition soon followed. The prisoners had to eat what they could and scavenge undetected by the guards. Starvation diets, sickness and slave labour combined to cause some of the highest death rates in the Second World War statistics. It was only with the ingenuity of the kinder officers held in the camps that lives were saved time and time again and willpower restored. Jungle injuries caused tropical ulcers seeing many amputations or death from infection; without anaesthetic doctors had to improvise or the patient thankfully passed out. Dysentery became a quick killer as the prisoners worked in camps with no sanitation.

The prisoners didn’t only have to contend with illness from diet but injury from working without proper equipment. The rock through the mountainous jungle had to be chipped by hand, the piles dug by hand on precipitous ledges or below the water. Jungle also meant malaria was rife and the tropical infestations of fleas and lice caused misery. Clothing was often reduced to a ‘Jap Happy’ where a piece of cloth was tied around the waist over the genitals as that was all the prisoner had left. They often lacked footwear.

Then came the brutality by the prison guards where the starving, sick men were whipped or punished if they fell from exhaustion. Any small breach of the Japanese rules was met by horrendous torture. Escape was punishable by death and only a handful managed it.

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RAILWAY, MINES, HELLSHIPS AND MARCHING:

On the Burma-Thailand railway the prisoners were often marched through the jungle in the heat or flooded, mosquito ridden tropical season to get to their destinations and then have to build their own camp. After completion of the railway the prisoners returned to Singapore and many were moved onto Japan to work in the mines under the same atrocious conditions. They were transported in Hellships many of which were sunk by the approaching allies, resulting in hundreds of deaths, as the ships were not marked as carrying prisoners. On board they were packed into the depths of the ships for days without food, water or sanitation and many went mad.

As well as mines there were other infamous atrocities such as the Bataan Death March where 75,000 Americans and Philippinos were marched to their prison camps with physical abuse and murder committed by the guards. It was a march of six days without food and little water, anyone who fell was bayoneted to death.

The Japanese did not adhere to the Geneva Convention. Their values of life were that you fought to the death, if you did not you were a coward and you were defying the Emperor. That is why they thought so little of their prisoners; you were not supposed to be caught.

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THE END OF THE WAR:

It was three and a half years of hell from 15th February 1942 to the Japanese surrender on 15th August 1945. When surrender neared the command from the Emperor was to murder every single prisoner and it wasn’t until the atomic bombs were dropped that their many lives were saved. With freedom came repatriation and eventual long trips home with nursing back to health from the skeletons they had become.

At the end of the war thousands of Red Cross parcels were found stashed in the camps simply kept away from the prisoners and surplus to the Japanese’s requirements. They could have saved many lives.

REPATRIATION:

But after all the hardship and endurance it is not surprising that many FEPOW came home to wives who had ‘moved on’ or did not believe their stories as they themselves had been through their own war on the other side of the world at home. Without the counselling service as we see today, they were sent home and expected to work for the rest of their working lives as if nothing had happened.

TODAY:

It wasn’t until the year 2000, 55 years after the end of the Second World War that a compensation scheme became available in the United Kingdom.

The 15th August every year is FEPOW day when we can remember them all, whether they died in the Far East, survived and died of consequences of it or are still alive to tell their valuable history.

The 'FEPOW Community' is a valuable online resource.

There are resources available all over the world and we want to Waymark them in honour of these heroes who are no longer forgotten. Wikipedia holds a wealth of information with a list of Japanese-run internment camps, Japanese hell ships, International Military Tribunal for the Far East, Far East Prisoners of War and 'American Ex-Prisoners of War' have a good website.

THE FEPOW PRAYER:

As we that are left grow old with the years

Remembering the heartaches, the pain and the tears

Hoping and praying that never again

Will man sink to such sorrow and shame

The price that was paid – we will always remember

Every day, every month – not just in November.

And that goes for their children, grandchildren and future generations too.

Instructions for Posting a Remembering FEPOW Waymark:
Please post at least two original photos of your waymark; a close-up and a view. Be descriptive and detail any inscriptions or accounts of your visit to a place so we can create resources for others. Include a website if you are quoting text and put the text in quotation marks, though original wording is always better on detailed accounts. We will accept everything related to the Far East Prisoners of War (WWII), but be specific about what you are describing. If you visit a museum for example, detail the part of the museum dedicated to FEPOW and provide pictures of the items available.
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You must post an original picture with your visit, preferably with yourself in the shot.
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Remembering FEPOWPrisoner of War memorial - Caldwell, KS

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Many served, a few were captured and suffered even more.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: Kansas

date approved: 2/5/2017

last visited: never

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Remembering FEPOWTo the memory of the men of the 200th - Santa Fe, NM

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A memorial to the men of the Bataan Death March.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: New Mexico

date approved: 1/4/2017

last visited: never

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Remembering FEPOWBataan Memorial - Las Cruces, NM

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A memorial in Veterans Park in Las Cruces, NM.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: New Mexico

date approved: 12/26/2016

last visited: never

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Remembering FEPOWFerdinand Berley - St. Joseph's Cemetery - Jacksonville, FL

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Dr. Ferdinand Berley, a Navy doctor during WWII, was taken captive in the Philippines and held at Bilibid and then Cabanatuan in the Philippines, and then in Osaka, Japan. His grave is located in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist

location: Florida

date approved: 5/19/2016

last visited: never

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Remembering FEPOWLt. Charles M. Cannon, Jr. - Evergreen Cemetery - Gainesville, FL

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During WWII, Lt. Charles M. Cannon, Jr. was stationed in the Philippines where he was taken as a prisoner of war. His grave is located in the Evergreen Cemetery in Gainesville, Florida, USA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist

location: Florida

date approved: 4/28/2016

last visited: never

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Remembering FEPOWCommemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Burma-Thai Railway, Land Warfare Exhibition, Duxford Airfiels, Cambridgeshire.

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A large bronze memorial in the 'Land Warfare' exhibition in the Royal Anglian section of the building.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member greysman

location: Eastern England, United Kingdom

date approved: 2/7/2016

last visited: never

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Remembering FEPOWJoe R. Vaughan Memorial - Sanger Cemetery - Sanger, TX

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Besides serving as the headstone for Joe W. Vaughan in Sanger Cemetery, this grave marker also is a memorial to his son, Joe R. Vaughan, who was a victim of the Bataan Death March, dying on April 12, 1942, just days after his capture.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil

location: Texas

date approved: 12/25/2014

last visited: 4/21/2015

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Remembering FEPOWAmerican/ Filipino Memorial - Delano, CA.

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A memorial in front of the Delano city hall.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 12/11/2014

last visited: never

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Remembering FEPOWBataan March Memorial - Alameda, CA

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A small memorial in a park to the Bataan Death March.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 11/27/2014

last visited: never

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Remembering FEPOWBurma Star Association Memorial Park - Heckmondike, UK

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This Burma Star Memorial Association plaque is attached to the front face of a World War I memorial.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc

location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom

date approved: 11/1/2014

last visited: never

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Remembering FEPOWFEPOW Tree - Brunswick Square Gardens, London, UK

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This plaque is at the foot of a tree, dedicated to prisoners in the far east, at the northern end of Brunswick Square Gardens in London.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner

location: London, United Kingdom

date approved: 5/14/2014

last visited: never

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Remembering FEPOWSt Martin-in-the-Fields Memorial - St Martin's Place, London, UK

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This FEPOW memorial is in a corner of the church of St-Martin-in-the-Fields that is located to the east of Trafalgar Square in central London.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner

location: London, United Kingdom

date approved: 12/28/2013

last visited: 8/20/2015

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Remembering FEPOWThe Defence of Hong Kong - Ottawa, Ontario

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The monument to the Canadians' role in the Defence of Hong Kong is in tribute to Canadian Armed Forces personnel who defended Hong Kong, gave their lives, were taken prisoners by the Japanese and died while in captivity.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane

location: Ontario, Canada

date approved: 9/29/2013

last visited: 2/5/2017

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Remembering FEPOWAlbert Daniel Smith Memorial - Guthrie, OK

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Memorial honoring a recipient of the Purple Heart and a survivor of the Bataan Death March

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 5/2/2013

last visited: 11/24/2016

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Remembering FEPOWBurma Star Association Memorial - City Park, Kingston, Ontario

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A Burma Star Association memorial plaque in City Park close to the intersection of King Street East and West Street.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member mTn_biKer65

location: Ontario, Canada

date approved: 4/30/2013

last visited: 3/29/2014

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Remembering FEPOWSt Peter Mancroft - FEPOW - Norwich, Norfolk, Great Britain.

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St Peter Mancroft is the largest church in Norwich. There are civic memorials the lengths of the aisle walls, including this FEPOW memorial. This parish church stands overlooking the Market place, in the centre of Norwich, Norfolk, Great Britain.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Eastern England, United Kingdom

date approved: 3/24/2013

last visited: 6/16/2016

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Remembering FEPOWAmerican Ex-Pow (AXPOW) National HQ -- Arlington TX

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The National Headquarters of the American Ex-Prisoners of War (formerly the Bataan Relief Organization). This veteran's service organization's national headquarters is located in a small strip center in Arlington TX.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/3/2013

last visited: 10/6/2016

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Remembering FEPOWFar East - Portsmouth Naval Memorial - Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK

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Located in Southsea this magnificent war memorial honours those who have no grave but the sea. Here we can see those who died during the Burma Campaign.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree

location: Southern England, United Kingdom

date approved: 11/25/2012

last visited: 3/30/2013

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Remembering FEPOWBataan-Corregidor Memorial - FEPOW - Lakefront Park - Kissimmee - Florida, USA.

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Bataan-Corregidor Memorial 'A Tribute To Courage' is dedicated to the Americans and Filipinos who fought in the Philippines during World War II, especially Prisoners of War on the Bataan and Corregidor Death March.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Florida

date approved: 11/24/2012

last visited: 2/12/2016

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Remembering FEPOWFEPOW Memorial - Camden High Street, London, UK

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As of yesterday, Friday, 21st September, 2012, this memorial to Japanese Prisoners-of-War, became London's newest war memorial. It is located on a traffic island close to the north of Mornington Crescent underground station in Camden High Street.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner

location: London, United Kingdom

date approved: 9/22/2012

last visited: never

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Remembering FEPOWGene Samuel Jacobsen, grave - Bataan Survivor - Murray City, Utah

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Located in the Murray City Cemetery. Plot 19, Lot 088

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Lord Mot

location: Utah

date approved: 7/29/2012

last visited: 8/2/2013

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Remembering FEPOWFEPOW Bamboo Garden - Ness Botanic Gardens, Ness, Neston, South Wirral, Lancashire, UK

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A very special memorial garden can be seen in the conservatory of Ness Botanic Gardens; it is designed to reflect the Far East and is the FEPOW Bamboo Garden.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree

location: Northwest England, United Kingdom

date approved: 7/7/2012

last visited: never

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Remembering FEPOWAdam Park - Singapore

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Adam Park was defended by the 1st Battalion Cambridgeshire Regiment for three days in February 1942 during the fall of Singapore. It was the only allied victory in a catalogue of withdrawals and retreats

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Jon Cooper

location: Singapore

date approved: 7/5/2012

last visited: never

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Remembering FEPOWRepatriation Memorial - Pier Head, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK

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On the Pier Head at Liverpool the Repatriation Memorial can be seen. After a long campaign we now recognise the FEPOW who returned home, so scarred and hurt.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree

location: Northwest England, United Kingdom

date approved: 6/30/2012

last visited: 6/7/2016

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Remembering FEPOWPalawan Sculpture - San Diego, CA

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This sculpture is located in the Veterans Museum in San Diego's beautiful Balboa Park at 2115 Park Boulevard, San Diego, Ca 92101.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2

location: California

date approved: 6/12/2012

last visited: 2/13/2017

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