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Traveling to Japan

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They decided that we were going to go to Japan or at least they loaded us on boats. There were a lot of guys that should never have gone, I'm sure. Guys that had been badly wounded, guys that had been very sick and the result, of course, when they loaded them into the hold of these damn boats, these sicknesses spread because they were just packed in there like sardines and so when we got to Japan we were right back to square one, right back to... it was sickness and misery. You had to scramble to get to a bathroom if you could make it, and some, of course, didn't make it. It was a hell of a stench. After a day, first day or so it was really terrible. The food was lowered down in buckets and first come, first serve sort of thing.

Mr. Agerbak tells of the conditions aboard the ship from Hong Kong to Japan.

Borge Agerbak

Borge Agerbak was born in Odense, Denmark and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1927 to a small town in southern Manitoba called Pilot Mound. Mr. Agerback worked on the farm until war broke out in 1939. Along with his two brothers, he decided to join the Winnipeg Grenadiers.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
July 17, 2013
Person Interviewed:
Borge Agerbak
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Hong Kong

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