Seeking information about POW camps on Guam

I am doing research about the roughly 1,250 Japanese who were being held on Guam in POW camps at the end of World War II. I would like to know how many camps there were, how many POWs were in each one, and when they were finally closed. I know one of them was used to hold war crimes trials after the war, but I'm not sure which one. Frankly, any information would be appreciated.

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  • Hi Steve,

    My name is Scott Hicks. I am wondering if you would be willing to share any information that you might have uncovered after you posted the question about POW camps on Guam after WW II. My father-in-law was in the US Navy, and served on Guam from August, 1945 until sometime in 1946. He worked as a guard at a POW camp on Guam for most of his time there, but I do not know exactly when he began that duty. It might have been as soon as he arrived, or he may have gone through some training first. He was 18 when he arrived. My wife has some photographs that he took while he was there. I would be glad to share any information that might be of interest. We would like to learn more about what her father experienced.

    - Scott

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  • Hi Steve,

    My name is Scott Hicks. I am wondering if you would be willing to share any information that you might have uncovered after you posted the question about POW camps on Guam after WW II. My father-in-law was in the US Navy, and served on Guam from August, 1945 until sometime in 1946. He worked as a guard at a POW camp on Guam for most of his time there, but I do not know exactly when he began that duty. It might have been as soon as he arrived, or he may have gone through some training first. He was 18 when he arrived. My wife has some photographs that he took while he was there. I would be glad to share any information that might be of interest. We would like to learn more about what her father experienced.

    - Scott

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  • Hello Scott - I came across your message today.  My dad was a Navy man, and he was stationed on Guam in 1946 as a guard at a prison for Japan POWs.  I'd sure be interested in any photos you have of your father-in-laws.  I'm going to try to insert a couple of photos I have of my dad there.  They're not of much historical value, probably.  In the first my dad seems to be goofing off, holding as many weapons as he could.  Of this assignment he wrote: 

    Jun 1946 – Received orders to NAB (Naval Air Base) Orote, Guam. Where in turn received TAD orders to an abandoned CB (Sea Bee) base to maintain security and to work Japanese prisoners of war. This I did along with 16 other Navy men.