Two New Mexico Members of 200th Are on Way
Omori Prisoners Greet Rescuers
YOKOHAMA, SEP. 3, 1945
(Delayed) — Japanese guards at Omori prison camp had a party the
night the war ended and one of them attempted hara kiri after
on a table and giving a long speech.
This and other tales of life in Japanese
prisoner of war camps were told today by U.S. repatriates
screened aboard the hospital ship Benevolence.
The prisoners screened included two veterans
of the New Mexico 200th coast artillery who were captured on
Corregidor — Sgt Walter P. Cornell, 37, and his buddy, Cpl.
Anthony Galindo, both of Gallup.
Cornell said the Japs had beaten him and
pushed him around, “but that’s O.K. now.”
The drunken Jap guard who tried hara kiri was
observed running a sword into his stomach and then “taking a
slice at his throat,” but a camp medical officer had him removed
and the next day he still was alive, the Omori repatriates
Because the camp had been so full of rumors —
such as Allied planes with 38 engines and a 6000 foot wingspread
which would rescue them — the Omori inmate didn’t believe
reports of the atomic bomb.