Mitsubishi ... and World War II Slave Labor
Late Daniel Stoudt was a POW slave labor for Mitsubishi Copper Mine at Sendai #6, Hanawa POW Camp. An excerpt from account of his experience there follows. [ www.proviso.k12.il.us/Bataan%20Web/stoudt.htm ]
The prisoners worked in a large copper mine. Each day they walked two miles to the mine and then back after their shift. Half the prisoners worked days and the other half nights. The group Daniel was assigned to was composed of twenty men. To enter the mine, the prisoners had to go down five hundred very creaky steps. At the bottom of the steps, they then would have to walk through a tunnel to their work area.
The POWs had to work bent over because the ceilings were low. This was because the miners who had originally worked it were shorter than the Americans. There were no supports in the mine so cave-ins were common. When on happened, the other POWs had to dig out the man who had been buried. Daniel often thought that he would not survive working in the mine.
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"There were no supports in the mine so cave-ins were common. When on happened, the other POWs had to dig out the man who had been buried."