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They left the men in this position the rest of this day and until they were taken out and shot the next day, not having had water or anything to eat.

The Japs did not want us to see the execution and made us all go back inside the barracks. The barrack that I was in was only about one hundred yards from the spot. They then lined the prisoners up in front of shallow graves, not over two feet deep, that had been dug to bury them in, and then gave the order to fire. After they had been shot by the firing squad, the Officer in charge went up and took his pistol and held the gun to their heads and shot them again. Later it was said that he did this out of the mercy for them. These men were buried near the place where they had buried the sergeant that had died upon our arrival in this Hell hole.

The order then came from the Camp Commandant that in the future, any man escaping or attempting to escape would be shot, and that the remainder of the prisoners would be lined up and numbered, and every tenth man would be shot. That stopped those of us who were planning to escape for the price was too high. Not that we were not willing to risk our own lives, but that meant that five hundred other men would die if our attempt failed.

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On June 10 four prisoners of war were caught trying to escape. There was much talk of different ones laying their plans for escape and were about to try for a break. I was one of these groups of men that had already had our map and compass and all details worked out as to how we would get out of the Philippines and escape by the way of Borneo.

As there were over five thousand men in this camp, I did not know the ones who were caught trying to escape, but I can relate what happened to them. The Jap commandant stripped them down to a gee string and tied their hands behind their backs and placed a sign around their necks which read “We have tried to escape, and for this we must die.” The Japs paraded them all through the camp and made us fall out and see them as they marched them by, with Japs prodding them along with their bayonets. This went on for about two hours, then the men were tied to stakes that were driven into the ground with their hands and feet tied behind, and the stakes between their bodies and where they were tied.