Affidavit Of Billy Alvin Ayers
Cpl, 7th Materiel Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group, US Army Air Corps
In re: General Treatment at Camp
State of Washington )
County of Pierce )
I, Billy G. Ayers (the initial “G” is a typo), of lawful age, being duly sworn, on oath dispose and say:
I am Cpl. Billy G. (A is written in) Ayers, ASN 18029998. My permanent home address is 2009 E. Grant, Marshall, TX. I was captured on Bataan Peninsula on April 9, 1942 by the Japanese. (next sentence redacted until confirmed) At the time of my capture I was a member of the 7th Materiel Squadron. From July 1942 to July 23, 1943, I was confined at Cabanatuan. From July 23, 1943 to August 10, 1943, I was enroute to Japan aboard a ship of unknown identify. From August 10, 1943 and until my release by American troops on September 10, 1945, I was confined in Camp 17, Omatu, Japan.
Because of lack of proper medical care and a deficiency in diet approximately 150 prisoners out of 1,736 died in Camp 17, Omuta, Japan. Before Red Cross supplies arrived there was practically no medicine in the camp. One small bowl of rice and a small bowl of soup made from potato tops was supplied to us three times a day. My weight dropped from 150 lbs to 100 lbs. The loss of weight among other prisoners was equally proportionate. No heat was provided in the barracks although there was snow and ice on the ground. The Japanese Commanding Officer of Camp 17 was 1st Lt. Fukahara. He is approximately 30 years of age, 5’5” in height and 135 lbs. in weight. He wore a collar insignia “48.”
Sammy Young, Quinlen, Texas and Kenneth Luton, Houston Texas (formerly with the 7th Materiel Squadron) can corroborate my statements, as they were in the camp during the whole period of my confinement. I can give no further details concerning the matters described in this affidavit.
Billy G. Ayers, Cpl. ASN 18029998
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 11th day of October 1945 at Fort Lewis, ash.
Arthur G. Bouley
Asst Adjutant General
ASFTC Fort Lewis, Wash
Roderick M. O’Connor
Agent, SIC, 9 SC
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