Drawings by POWs in various camps in Japan
All drawings are courtesy of Ted Wickord Jr.

Front view of a POW barracks at Ofuna Camp which was a interrogation camp.  The buildings were made from scrap wood and put together in prefabricated 3 foot by 6 foot sections.  There were 30, 6 foot by 9 foot, cells and each had wooden barred windows.  The buildings were braced by wire to stakes and were very cold and dirty when windy.

Rear view of Ofuna Camp in 1942.  On left is the galley, on right is the benjo, and the area in the foreground was where most of the "formal" beatings took place.  The picture was drawn from memory after the POW was sent to another camp where it was safer to draw.

POW Galley at Ofuna POW Camp

POWs at Ofuna preparing to leave to go to work.

POW courtyard at Zentsuji where POWs hung bedding and clothing.  The two buildings on the right were benjos.  At first, the trip to the benjos was hazardous because of the human waste near them.  After the POW dysentery was brought under control, it was much easier.

The POW kitchen at Zentsuji.

 Inside a POW barracks at Zentsuji

POW on work detail outside of camp clearing a tree stomp.

POWs working outside the camp, at Zentsuji, smoking while on the work detail.  The Japanese called these breaks "Smokoos."

POWs sunning themselves.  The pipe, in the drawing, is a drain pipe not a pipe to heat the barracks.  The food drying on the window sill is a POW delicacy called Hoshi Cake which was made Japanese medical pills, water, and some flavoring if it was available.

POWs perform what they called the Egg Ceremony at Zentsuji sometime in 1944.  They had been told that they each would receive one egg every 45 days.  About half the POWs received three eggs before the policy was changed.  The only time all the POWs received an egg was at Christmas.  Occasionally the POW received 60 to 80 eggs for their stew which was shared by 700 men.

Each Sunday night at Zentsuji, the POWs put on a show of singing, acting, and costumes.

Each barracks at Zentsuji was referred to as a room.   This drawing is of Room 18 which was where Lt. Col. Ted Wickord lived in the camp.

Two POWs at Zentsuji Camp on night "Death Watch" in the camp bathhouse which had a concrete floor.  One reason this was done was to prevent the rats from chewing on the body.

POW bunks at Zentsuji POW Camp.

Catholic Chapel at Zentsuji POW Camp.  Lt. Col. Ted Wickord was Catholic.

Birthday card given to Lt. Col. Ted Wickord by the officers the 192nd Tank Battalion who were POWs with him at Zentsuji POW Camp.  Donald Duck was a nickname given to a guard at Cabanatuan.

Signatures of the officers, of the 192nd Tank Battalion Officers, on the birthday card, who were with Lt. Col. Ted Wickord at Zentsuji POW Camp.

A POW Christmas card from Zentsuji.

POW at Zentsuji performing outside cleanup.  The brooms were made from hard twigs that fell apart in heavy use.  The cart, in the background, held 8 barrows for benjo cleaning.