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The War Ends

The War Ends

Mr. Harrison describes the events in his camp the day that the Japanese capitulate. The elation is dampened by the unfortunate death of a young American pilot who crashes beside the camp.

Extra Protein

Extra Protein

Mr. Harrison describes being given pickled locusts as a protein supplement, much to the distaste of many prisoners.

Incremental Punishment

Incremental Punishment

Mr. Harrison discusses how complaints about how the men are being punished only leads to harsher treatment by the Japanese. The complaints stop!

Avoiding Amputation

Avoiding Amputation

Mr. Harrison describes his ordeal with gangrene, which almost results in the amputation of his toes.

Working in a Foundry

Working in a Foundry

Mr. Harrison describes his 10 - 11 hour work day in the Nagoya foundry, and the risk of being burned by splashed or spilled molten metal. He also describes another risk, earthquakes which would shake the foundry.

Voyage to Japan

Voyage to Japan

Mr. Harrison describes being tested for dysentery prior to being shipped to Japan. Aboard the ship, the men are housed with boxes of ammunition. The vessel leaks so badly that even the Japanese guards don't wish to go aboard. Arriving in Japan, he is sent to a camp in Nagoya.

Cigarettes as Currency

Cigarettes as Currency

Mr. Harrison describes the importance of cigarettes as currency in the camps.

Payne's Note

Payne's Note

Mr. Harrison expresses his shame at allowing a note to the parents of his friend Johnny Payne to fall into the hands of the wrong person.

Diphtheria

Diphtheria

Mr. Harrison describes an attempt by a captured Indian doctor to get a horse, which would enable him to make diphtheria serum; the request is denied. However, when the epidemic became a threat to the Japanese, serum was made available.

Beri Beri

Beri Beri

Mr. Harrison describes his experience with both dry and wet beri beri. Although he suffered with 'electric feet' from the dry beri beri, his worst experience was with wet beri beri, where the swelling from fluid in his lower limbs caused his toes to split open. He thanks his doctor for one night of morphine induced sleep.

Garlic Therapy

Garlic Therapy

Mr. Harrison is able to purchase garlic, which he initially uses to flavor his rice. As an added benefit, garlic helps alleviate the symptoms of pellagra. In fact, his septic sores heal completely.

Dr. Crawford and the Kamloops Kid

Dr. Crawford and the Kamloops Kid

Mr. Harrison admires the dignity with which Dr. Crawford endured abuse at the hands of the Kamloops Kid, who would slap him around every time he requested medications for the ill.

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