LEST WE FORGET

Our Hero's

Author: Stacy Miller

A hero isn't someone with great speed or strength

Nor someone in great power

A hero is someone who stands up for the old; the small; the weak.

A hero is someone who defends those who can't defend themselves.

A hero is someone willing to die for their country so that his friends, family, & neighbours can be free.

He does this willingly

Without thought & without regret

A hero is our Sons; Our Daughters

Our Fathers; Our Mothers

Our Husbands; Our Wives

Our Brothers; Our Sisters

Our Hero's are our Soldiers

May God Bless You All

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The Camps


In 1942 the Japanese began bringing Allied POWs to Taiwan from various parts of Southeast Asia. These POWs were captured at the surrender of Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies. They were brought to Taiwan to work as slaves for the Japanese war effort.

The POWs suffered terribly at the hands of the Japanese in all of the 14 POW camps on the island.  They never had enough food to eat and were always hungry. They had to work long hours every day and were not allowed to rest even if they were sick or injured. If they did not fulfill their quota of work each day they were beaten by the Japanese. Beatings from the guards were frequent, and medicines, although available, were held back by the Japanese, causing the deaths of many men.

Taiwan is famous for the fact that all of the highest ranking British, American, Australian and Dutch military officers from Singapore, the Philippines, and the Dutch East Indies, along with the British governors of Singapore, Malaya and Hong Kong; the Governor of Guam and the Dutch East Indies, were held on the island in camps at Karenko, Shirakawa and Taihoku Most of these personnel were later moved to Japan and Manchuria in the fall of 1944.   

Relief for the other men finally came in 1945, with the dropping of the atomic bombs and the surrender of Japan. If the atomic bombs had not been dropped and the war ended when it did, it is certain that most - if not all, of the Taiwan POWs would have died


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