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Sugamo Prison, Tokyo: An Account of the Trial and Sentencing of Japanese War Criminals in 1948, by a U.S. Participant Paperback – October 31, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0786467624 ISBN-10: 0786467622 Edition: Reprint

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  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland; Reprint edition (October 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786467622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786467624
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,089,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Simpson on September 16, 2010
Format: Library Binding
Here is a very well written and informative history of the trial and sentencing of Japanese War Criminals. The book has several photo's of the old prison, many of the Japanese war lords, as well as civilians such as American born, Iva Toguri, better known as Tokio Rose, the woman who broadcast Japanese propaganda to American troops. Talmadge Blankenship served as a prison guard, he is better known today as James "Maverick" Garner. Granted several soldiers who served at Sugamo Prison are missing from the Personnel Roster, including this reviewers father, Arthur Marcus Simpson. The author acknowledged this fact in his letter dated January 6, 1990:
"...Your dad and I had a lot in common. He and I, were not loners, found something to do with our abundance of spare time - Study. We were not out raising hell every chance we had. We were both in Korea at the same time, but in different circumstances. I went in June 1950 and was assigned to the 1st Cav. Div. -5th Bat - L. Co. was in combat for 6 months and spent the next 8 months in hospitals in Korea, Japan, Hawaii and throughout the United States... ."

The author followed up with a second letter dated, January 19, 1990, when he writes: "Dear Dennis: ...your letter is one of seven that I've received from my request in the January 1990 issue of DAV [Disabled American Veterans] that you can qualify as authentic. I've got some quack letter from nuts. Apparently one hell of a lot of guys at Sugamo got killed in Korea. I realize that your help to me is limited and that I just might be able to help you which I'm most happy to do and feel somewhat obligated having known your dad.
First. You should know that the American troops at Sugamo were a very close knit group. We had a tough job in one sense yet we had lots of time off duty.
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