US-Japan Dialogue on POWs
Kinue Tokudome, Executive Director
Ms. Tokudome is a Japanese writer and the author of Courage to Remember. Her many articles on American POWs of the Japanese have appeared
in publications in both Japan and the U.S. She is the founder of
US-JAPAN DIALOGUE ON POWS.
Lester I. Tenney
Former POW, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University
Dr. Tenney is a survivor of the Bataan Death March and three years of
slave labor in Japan. He is the author of My Hitch in Hell. His POW story
has been featured in many articles both in the U.S. and Japan. He frequently
visits Japan where he enjoys speaking to young people.
Former POW, Master Sergeant USMC (Ret.)
Mr. Versaw became a POW after the fall of Corregidor. He was transported to
Japan and forced to work in a coalmine until the end of WWII. He
served in the Korean War. He is the author of Mikado no
Kyaku (Guest of the Emperor)
and The Last China Band.
(He passed away on June 21, 2014.)
Mr. Perkins was an aerospace physicist, rancher, and shopping center developer.
He is an avid student of history and owns a major World War II artifact
Retired High School Teacher
Ms. Ibuki is one of the translators of the Japanese version of Dr. Lester Tenney's My Hitch in Hell.
She often attends to former
POWs and their families when they visit Japan
in coordination with POW
Research Network Japan.
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