How many POWs were there?
Approximately 26,000 American military and civilian personnel were held by the Japanese as POWs during World War II. Almost 11,000 died in captivity.
The best published summation is contained in E. Bartlett Kerr's excellent book: "Surrender and Survival: The Experience of American POWs in the Pacific" published in 1985 and are reproduced below. In coming weeks we will modify these figures so they match current research efforts, however, the modifications really represent modest adjustments of Kerr's figures and will not change the overall figures signficantly.
|Japan & elsewhere||300|
American POWs Died in Captivity by Country
|Japan & elsewhere||1200|
|Burma / Thailand||130|
American POWs liberated by Country