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Keep the flame burning. January 5, 2006

Posted by Maita Buensuceso-Oebanda in Musings, This Blog.

When Manila was occupied by the Japanese Imperial Army in December of 1941, the University of Santo Tomas — an educational institution established and run by Spanish Dominican priests, then already more than 300 years old — was used as an internment camp for civilian Allied nationals who had the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the worst time.

The internees are passing on, one by one, and finally finding peace. They take with them pieces of history that can never be replaced, once lost. This is my little bit to help keep the flame they lit burning, that their sacrifices and legacy may never be forgotten, at least in this tiny spot of a blog.

I don’t know everything about it, by any means. But what I do know, I’ll put down here. Join me as we walk back in time through the hallowed halls of the Main Building, around the campus, through my beloved Distinguished and Ever-Loyal City of Manila, and keep the story of Santo Tomas Internment Camp alive.



1. Candace - March 11, 2006

My flame is my father. He and his family were in STIC. My children and I never tire hearing this history from him. As bad as it was, he is still able to remember some of the good memories. The flame will never burn as long as I can help it.
Thank You

2. Gloria Kent Andrus - May 9, 2006

My dear 88 year old friend, Ila Mae Chalek was a prisoner there for 3 years. She lives here in Hendersonville NC and was widowed last year. Her husband Bill was a Lt. in the air corp during ww11 and also was a military prisoner at another camp. Bill was buried at Arlington National Cemetary in Dec. of 2005 will full military honors.
I am trying to find out about people who are still alive so that Ila Mae can contact them. She doesn’t have access to a computer so I will be her contact person.
Thank you for any information. Americans need to remember what these fine Americans suffered during those years in Manila.

Thank you
Gloria K. Andrus

3. Janie Hansen - June 22, 2006

I recently read a book, entitled “The Last Time I Saw Mother” by Arlene Chai. I am 52 years old, and this is the first time I learned of the internment of civilians, including Americans, at Santo Tomas. I am fascinated by this, especially because my uncle was interned by the US government during WWII. He was an Italian living in San Jose, CA, and had not become a citizen. Family lore has it that he had joined an Italian-American club, and because he lived on the west coast and was a fisherman, he was thus targeted for incarceration. This was recently brought to my attention as well.
While I decry the internment of the Japanese americans during WWII, I question why the other victims, such as those held in Santo Tomas, have been neglected in the teaching of history.
I live near Seattle, WA, and would be very interested in any exhibits or other information on this topic.
Thank you for your comments, Gloria.

Sincerely, Janie Hansen

4. Sue Trout - July 7, 2006

Thank you Gloria,

It means so very much to me to know that you remember the people at STIC.

… And that my mother, one of the Angels of Bata’an and Corregidor, and the others are not becoming the Unknowns.

Please visit Mom’s web page, and after you do, visit the Santo Tomas main page on the same site.
These pages are written by the ex-internees themselves, and their families.
Some pages are written by people like myself who write pages for some of the exPOWs ex-internees they know.

Tom hosts all these pages you will see and he maintains an email list that many ex-Internees of Santo Tomas (and other camps) are on.
Tom sends out inquiries to the list for people to reply to the list or to the writer of the question.

I live near Seattle, Washington, and I can be reached through the link on Mom’s web page, and by placing her name in the subject line (so I do not delete the email.)

Kindest Regards, Sue

5. Sue Trout - July 7, 2006

A Big (((HUG))) for Maita for opening the Santo Tomas honor topic, and (((hugs))) to Candace and Janie, for adding to Maita’s post.

And a gift for you to see: a 4 minute film set to music, by Lou Gopal, a documentary film producer . The Last Mile Home., link is on his home page, at the far right. The link is below.

His new film, Victims of Circumstance, is excellent and profits go to exPOWs.


Dear Maita, Peace!
As a 12 year old boy living in San Rafael, Quiapo under the shadow of Malacanang Palace, I had occasion to visit and deliver food to one of our American neighbors interned in Santo Tomas University. And I stumbled into your blogsite and was happy that someone has taken time and effort in setting up one.
I am currentlyl reading THE IRON GATES OF SANTO TOMAS by Emily Van Sickle and look forward to another book SO FAR FROM HOME by Bruce E. Johansen also about UST. But, I now ask you whether there still is another one…which I read years ago written by a woman who had an affair right in the camp..but the title escapes me now.

7. L. Emond - August 9, 2006

I keep the flame burning for The Whitacre Family. My mother’s Family. They spent 36 months in Santo Tomas. My great Grandfather Paul Fred Whitacre passed away on the night of Liberation, and is buried in Manila. All of them gone now, but not forgotten. God Bless them all. God Bless America too.

8. Lou Gopal - September 6, 2006

We have just completed a film documentary about the experiences of the American internees who were imprisoned by the Japanese at Santo Tomas for over three years (1942- 1945). My wife and I have been so fortunate in getting to know these former internees who have now become an important part of our lives. My great-uncle was at Santo Tomas and died of starvation just a week after its liberation. This period in history has been swept aside by the media for some reason. It seems the war in Europe captures the attention and rightly so, but there are so many wonderful and extraordinary stories here that it would be a shame to miss them. If you are interested in more information, please visit the website at: http://www.lougopal.com

9. sascha jean weinzheimer - February 1, 2007

This coming Saturday, Feb 3,2007 there will be about 90 ex-Internees who will be gathering for lunch in Walnut Creek, CA to observe the 62nd Anniversary of the Liberation of Santo Tomas and the Battle for Manila.

We will gather to exchange information, contact old friends from camp and to further promote our history as Civilian Prisoners of the Japanese during WWII in the Philippines.

Next year on the weekend of Feb 2 and 3, 2008 we will meet again for another reunion. We hope others will be able to attend.

We look forward to these gatherings so we can pay homage to those liberators who died for our cause and to those prisoners who died by shelling, bombings and malnutrition. God Bless those who did not make it – and those who survived and rescued us.

Here is to February 3, 1945

Sascha Jean Weinzheimer Jansen
Ex-Internee of Santo Tomas Prison Camp in Manila

10. Joe Straight - February 14, 2007

As I have posted on another blog. I too have a connection with UST. Just before the Americans liberated Manila, I started to have severe stomach pains. One of the soldiers who came to visit us offered to take me to Santo Tomas University. He carried me to his jeep and drove my mother and I to the hospital. They gave me some “paregoric” and discharged me the next day. I suppose my case did not warrant attention considering all the serious cases they were handling at that time. It was quite a memorable time for me for my mother slept under the crib I was in because I was very distressed with the idea of staying there overnight by myself. I was about 7 at that time.

11. William Curtis - March 5, 2007

I am trying to research the life of a man (Frank Hayashi, born in 1908 of Japanese parents in Cranford New Jersey)
He and his family returned to Japan in 1934.
It’s rumored that he might be the perfect English speaking Japanese Officer at the Internment Camp.
If that’s true could someone contact me?
I’m a member of the Cranford NJ Historical Society. Thank You.

12. William B. Sutton - July 31, 2007

It was my father (Lt. James P. Sutton UDT) that saved the last bridge still standing that allowed the Flying Wedge to save the Santo Tomas POW’s. For this he was put in for the Congressional Medal of Honor. It was changed to the Distingused Service Cross. He has just passed on recently. I just wanted him to be remembered for his action. I remember him saying that the Japs had made the POW’s dig a trench the day before they arrived. It was his belief that they were going to kill them the next day.

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15. Tere Ryder - August 19, 2007

I am in Seattle, Washington, and working on a book regarding the history of the E. A. Perkins, Idonah Perkins, and Dora Anderson family of Manilla. Any information regarding this family would be much appreciated. I am also trying to track down any family members. Dora & her daughter, Sheila (born in Santo Tomas camp) were close to a friend of mine. My friend lived with and took care of Dora just before she passed away in Seattle. ANY information would be m uch helpful.
Thank you
Tere Ryder

16. Kelvin Perrien - September 11, 2007

I am the son of Charles W. Perrien, Staff Sergeant, 1st Calvary. To William B Sutton, the son of Lt. James Sutton, I would like to just say thank you and give honor to your father for his actions at the bridge leading into Santo Tomas. It saved my father from having to swim the river that day under heavy enemy fire. Your fathers action were well known by all the soldier that were there that day. He saved countless American lives that day. It is possible that my father could be one of those saved. Just yesterday he speak again of your fathers bravery under extreme enemy fire. After all these years for men like my father ,who had seen so much action before that day, to remember your father in that moment at the bridge speaks to the extreme bravery your father demonstrated.
Your Truly,
Kelvin Perrien

17. Barbara (Anderson) Kraemer - October 3, 2007

I hope to reach David or Mary Harper, who were in STIC along with their parents and syblings. I attended high school with them in Selma, CA. David once let me read a small book with a poem called “The Ballad of Santo Tomas.” Does anyone recall the family or have a copy of this poem? Please contact me at kramer@proaxis.com.
Thank you!
Barbara (Anderson) Kraemer kraemer@proaxis.com

18. Donald Jack Coon - October 20, 2007

I was wondering if any survivors of Santo Tomas would have known my aunt Edyth Delahunty and her husband Del. They may also have been at Bilibid. I have read various journals from that period and found no mention. Since my aunt had her leg amputated while in camp, I thought this might ring a bell.

19. Marjorie Saloman - November 18, 2007

To all you dear people that were held in Santo Tomas, I wish
you good luck & much happiness, you do deserve it. I did not
know about Santo Tomas until I saw the “War” on TV which was a
wonderful story of the war as told by such wonderful people
such as Sascha Weinzheimer, etc. What stories you all have to
tell. Keep well & happy every one of you.

20. Greg Parrott - November 22, 2007

My father was involved in the liberation of Santo Tomas. He was an 18 year old six foot, skinner man with wire rimmed glasses. His name was Ralph Parrott. Would anyone have pictures or knowledge of him at the school in Manila.

21. SIGFREDO SUNTZENICH SANTOS - December 20, 2007

My grandfather, PHILIP JOHN SUNTZENICH, came to the Philippines during the Battle of Manila Bay, Spanish-American War. he was with United States Cavalry. He was discharge from the service and stay in the Philippines, where he married and have 2 daughters. One is my mother, Mary Suntzenich-Santos. During the WWII, my grandfather was incarcerated STIC. He was kept at the gymnasium where he survived the war. He passed away in 1948.
It was only in 1972 that she got her US citizenship. Because I was in the US Navy, I was able to get US citzenship by naturalization. Some of my siblings was granted US passport and later US citizenship. Mysteriously, I have a brother who is still in the Philippines did not get US citizenship. This is the main reason I came to this USIC message. Anybody that can help my brother or knows of anyway to help him and keep the light burning at USIC. He is an American.
I have some WWII memorablia that I will be glad to show those interested. One is a meal pass. And I have an American flag with 48 stars.
I live at Los Altos, California with my wife and family. My email address is saintsig @yahoo.com.

22. william lynn - December 27, 2007

Our Great Aunt and Uncle, Harry and Helen Burmeister, were interned in the camp. Harry was a mining engineer and worked for a mining company doing business there when the war began. We have copies of the camp newsletter and other documents. Does anyone know of a museum or online archive that would be interested in these documents? Thanks wtlynn@gmail.com

23. Tony Cassera - January 9, 2008

From: Tony Cassera

Sent: Wednesday, December 26, 2007 10:28 PM
Subject: (Frank Hayashi,) https://stic.wordpress.com/2006/01/05/hello-world/#comments

William Curtis
Cranford NJ Historical Society

Mr. Curtis:

In one of my fathers letters he mentioned a Japanese officer by the name of Hayashi. He worked in Fort Santiago as an interpreter. He may be working in part with the Japanese Kempentie. Strange circumstances that brought these two together. My father’s home state was New York and was a graduate of Columbia in the 1930’s and became a chemist. He worked a for big pharmaceutical firm in New York. He was their medical detail man and sold X-ray machine and pharmaceuticals drugs in the Far East. ( Orient) He was later hired by the Philippine American Drug Company and brought out to the Philippines to set up Botica Boie and to stock this drug store with millions of dollars worth of pharmaceutical drugs and medical equipment.

Francis X. Cassera came to the Philippines sometime around 1937 or 38. He was an employee of Biotical Boie which later became the Philippine American Drug Company. He was there purchasing agents and in his letters said that for many years his organization average two million dollars a year in drug purchases. When the war broke out his company insisted that he stay to protect the company’s investment and the result was he spent three years and two months in Santo Tomas Concentration Camp.
He was chosen by the overseeing committee in the camp for the job of catching rats because of his background in chemistry. He experimented with various compound and evolve a potent rat poison. Of these experiments he kept very detailed notes and observations.
The Japanese of the day, being super-suspicious of everything they did not understand, grabbed my dad Francis Cassera and took him in for interrogation at Fort Santiago, under a charge of preparing bacteriological warfare against the Japanese. He was badly beaten around the head and starved for many days.
In his last interrogation he met this Japanese officer, Mr. Hayashi.
Hayashi immediately recognized my dad as fellow student and friend at Columbia University in New York. My dad quoted the words that Hayashi said ” My God Francis what the hell are you doing here…..
My dad explained to Mr. Hayashi that fleas carry bubonic plague…and that he was the exterminating engineer in the camp. His job was to get rid of the rats in the camp. The Jap soldiers found all these chemical in his shantie but the soldiers could not understand a word of English. They did not understand what he was doing with these chemical. They did not understand that rats carry fleas and……
Hayashi understood and said to to my father…” These stupid idiots…we have to get you out of here…

This Hayashi must have had some clout…he shouted at the guards …and my dad out of Fort Santiago and was soon back at Santo Tomas.
Its a remarkable story but it seems to fit because Mr. Hayashi is also from New York, and the same time frame…the 1930’s
They must have known each other then…classmates at the University..friends after graduate work?

Mr. Hayashi went back to Japan sometime 35 or 36 , my dad with his background in Botanical drugs got a job with a huge pharmaceutical firm in New York.

How they ended up in this Manila dungeon, this torture chamber is truly an amazing story.
My dad never followed up with Mr. Hayashi…they never connected after that incident or saw each other again after the war.

I want to thank Mr. Hayashi because he save my dad’s life. They said than anyone that is taken to Fort Santiago is never seen again.
I believe this could be the man your interested in.
Can you give me more information about Mr Hayashi and how are you connected?

Hayashi probably was the officer in charge of interrogation in Fort Santiago or maybe one of the interrogators since he spoke perfect English.
He was the one who authorize to released my dad and to send him back back to Santo Tomas.
Hayashi was a classmate of my father at Columbia University.
They must have known each other quite well.
Hayashi went back to Japan just prior to the war and since he spoke fluent English and was given the job as an interrogator for the Japanese Kempentie?

I will be posting my father’s stories and many more of his short anecdotes about his experience in the Philippines and his internment and release.

Francis Died in 1979 at the age of 87 here in Portland Oregon
Married a Filipna
Three children

I am one of the sons
Tony Cassera
I live in Portland Oregon

William Curtis – March 5, 2007
I am trying to research the life of a man (Frank Hayashi, born in 1908 of Japanese parents in Cranford New Jersey)
He and his family returned to Japan in 1934.
It’s rumored that he might be the perfect English speaking Japanese Officer at the Internment Camp.
If that’s true could someone contact me?
I’m a member of the Cranford NJ Historical Society. Thank You.

24. 1sg Walter E. Horn USA Ret - January 28, 2008

Anyone knowing of a Alice Aimes (Horn) at this camp please notify me at address listed below. I have been researching my grandfathers brother, he was married to an Alice Aimes in the Phillipines. He died in Japan on 1 January 1945, his name was Henry W. Horn.

25. paul sawyer - February 22, 2008

This message is for 15. (Tere Ryder).

Dear Ms Ryder,

I am a first cousin of Dora Perkins Anderson and have in my possession letters written from and to her by my late father when she was young, as well as early photographs. I am eager to talk with you.

26. Raymond Evans - March 13, 2008

Does anyone have information concerning a former US Army man named James FLetcher who was confined at the Santo Tomas Prison?

27. Raymond Evans - March 14, 2008

I also want information of Joseph Francis Fletcher who was in room 104 at Santo Tomas.

28. M Dunfee - March 30, 2008

My uncle was a Jesuit priest his name was John McNicholas. Does anyone know if he was held at Santo Tomas?

29. Rod Tenney - May 22, 2008

My aunt, Alice Zwicker, was an Army Nurse. She served on Bataan and Corregidor until the surrender on 6 May 1942. She eventually ended up in Santo Tomas in July 1942. If there is anyone who knew her or has other information about the Army nurses in Santo Tomas, please e-mail me. Thank you

30. SueOlive Deane - May 29, 2008

My parents, Richard “Dizzy” Deane and his wife Joan Margot, had been living in Manila for several years when the Japanese invaded the Philippines and imprisoned them both. They were British subjects. My mother gave birth to me in a convent run by German nuns in Feb. 1942. The Japanese thought Dizzy was an American soldier (he wasn’t, he worked in the Philippines as a Chartered Accountant for the firm Fleming & Williamson) and kept him in an interrogation centre for months. He was then sent to the Santo Tomas internment camp, to where my mother and I had been moved. She did not recognize her husband at first, so gaunt, so numb. When I was a bit older my main food became the American powdered milk Klim, which could be acquired from Filipinos over Los Muros, the wall around the university grounds. My father grew tomatoes in a plot on the campus grounds and earned enough money to buy milk powder by selling his produce to internees who still had money. When the Americans liberated the camp, we lived in a tiny hut with no windows. The story goes that I was cowering at the back of the hut when a GI entered and seeing this frightened little girl, offered her chocolate. But I had never heard of nor seen chocolate and to his sorrow I rejected it.
We were exceptionally lucky, for the three of us rwere able to return home safely to the United Kingdom. My parents died in their nineties.Maybe someone reading this will remember them or maybe the few recollections I have related are of interest to someone. If so, it would be nice to hear from you!

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32. Sascha Weinzheimer Jansen - May 31, 2008

For Sue Olive Deane

Our family knew your mom and dad. They would come out to our plantation on weekends. I remember your dad being tall and slender. Especially thin in camp and had a beard. He was taken to Fort Santiago for a long time for interrogation. They even drove him by your house and told him,”Kill baby and mother if you no tell.” We never could figure out what they wanted from him. I wrote a diary in camp to keep my mind active instead of going to school. This piece is
in my diary. They were fun and lovely people. How nice to know they lived a long life. It is nice chatting with you.

Aloha – Sascha Weinzheimer Jansen

33. SueOlive Deane - June 1, 2008

For Sascha Weinzheimer Jansen

Many, many thanks for writing!. Yes indeed, your description fits my father exactly.
I have so many questions!
Could you tell me more about your plantation and why my parents visited you? I take it that you knew them before the Japanese invaded Manila, is that correct? What was their house like, do you remember their animals?
Do you know the name of the Swiss family who took my mother and me in for a while before we were imprisoned in Los Muros?

I’ve never corresponded before for all to see. Would you prefer to write to me directly? If so, I hope you know how to access my e-mail address, because I don’t know how to access yours.

Regards, SueOlive

34. Elun Gabriel - June 18, 2008

For Raymond Evans

I can’t give you much evidence about Joseph Francis Fletcher, but he was the good friend of my wife’s grandfather Alvah Eugene Johnson, who was also interned in Santo Tomas and died there a month before the liberation.

Joe Fletcher married (Maria?) Severina Lagasca, while Alvah Johnson married her sister Maria Rosario Lagasca. Both were daughters of Rafael Lagasca and Edovigis Santos.

Any further information on Alvah Eugene Johnson would be welcome.

35. Sherry - November 8, 2008

Dear Maita Buensuceso-Oebanda,
I am doing some preliminary foot work for Sascha Jansen who would like to know what ceremonies are planned at Santo Tomas in celebration of the 400th anniversary in 2011. Are you involved in any way?
Sherry Lewis Newkirk
S.T.I.C. 1942 – 1945

36. Michael McCoy - January 6, 2009

Hi Maita…it’s Michael McCoy, the author of “Through My Mother’s Eyes.” My mother, Jean-Marie, and I had the pleasure of meeting with you last year, March of 2008, when you gave us the wonderful tour of the Main Building. We thank you so much!

My mother, Jean-Marie Faggiano (Heskett) was only six years old when she and my uncle, James, and my grandparents, Gene and Eileen Faggiano, were interned at Santo Tomas in January of 1942. As you might remember during our visit last year, we had quite a discussion about this, and Mom and I really appreciated your interest in her story, and the wealth of information that you gave us that certainly helped me complete my book once we returned to the States.

We have wonderful news! Our book was published in September of 2008 by the AEG Publishing Group in New York, and we have been on a book signing tour in the San Francisco Bay Area. You are certainly credited in the book, and again, we can’t express how grateful we are for all of the help that you gave us.

Mom speaks to groups about her experience at Santo Tomas and is anxiously looking forward to our return to the Philippines soon. We will definitely let you know when we will return so that we can meet again.

Warmest regards,

Michael McCoy
Author, “Through My Mother’s Eyes”

37. J. C. Davis - February 18, 2009

My relative, Edna Gump, was a civilian POW at Santo Tomas and was a nurse. Her husband, who did not survive, was Leo Gump. Would love to hear from anyone who may remember Edna.

J. Davis

38. Joan Bennett - March 30, 2009

I and my sister Helen are daughters of Roy C. and Margaret Bennett. We all were interned at Santo Tomas.
Our father Roy was also interned in Fort Santiago.
I (Joan) Bennett Chapman live in Studio City California and Helen Bennet Baber lives in Chino CA.
There are 4 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren of Roy and Margaret Bennett.

you may contact me at JoanBennettChapman@gmail.com

39. Cliff Mills - April 23, 2009

Both my grandfathers were in STIC: Clinton Floren Carlson and Alvah Eugene Johnson. Clinton Carlson died in Chula Vista, California, in 1998, but Mr. Johnson died in the camp shortly before liberation. I would like to connect with Raymond Evans, since his wife is also a grandchild of Alvah Johnson. I would also like to get more info on people who knew either of my grandfathers.


You can contact me at cliff.mills@att.net

40. Madelyn Read - June 8, 2009

My mother, aunt and grandparents was in internee in Santo Tomas; Mom always said they were Stuck in STIC; she passed away in November, 2005; three of my friends have relatives who were in STIC. When and where is the next reunion? My mother was Peggy Peters.

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42. Victoria BArredo- Oppertshauser - July 23, 2009

#34 for Elun Gabriel
I’m the great granddaughter of Alvah Eugene Johnson. I just received pictures of Alvah, his wife and family. I did not know he died in STIC until now Please send me more information.


43. Victoria Flood - August 1, 2009

My great uncle and his wife were interned at Santo Tomas, Raymond and Bertha Flood. They also had a son named James Flood who would have been maybe 5 years old or so. Does anyone remember them or have any information reagrding the Flood family? They were from San Francisco, Ray was hospitalized during this time. They were also friends of Captain David Griffin. Thanks to all who are dedicated to this time in history.
Victoria Flood

44. Elizabeth Alexander - August 9, 2009

My great aunt, Elizabeth “Bess” Donnelly of San Francisco, was in Santo Tomas. As a biologist, she was made a camp “doctor” and spoke regularly with the Japanese commandant. She lost all her teeth from the rations that she described as a cup of rice and water per day near the end of their time there. If anyone who was there knew Bess, I’d love to hear what you knew of her.

45. Sue Larkin - September 13, 2009

My grandmother Ethel Stewart-Scott was in Santo Tomas. She woudl have been alone without family. Her father Robert Young established nad ran the Japan Chronicle in Kobe. I think Ethel was in Shaghai (possibly Kobe) when tekaen to Santo Thomas.

Does anybody remember her, have any photos. She would have been about 40 years old, a British citizen. She returned to Kobe after the war however was lost to our family until we discovered her death in the UK in 1973.

46. jeff byers - December 9, 2009

does anyone know a then teenage girl named Hilda–she was interned with her mother and brother in Santo Tomas –he was made to stare at the sky by the JApanese and suffered blindness–she ended up marryind one of the liberating Marines–I met her when in college quite by accident and she was in her early sixties–she lives(d) in North Carolina and her family had been in Egypt prior to the Phillipines–I believe her father was with GE….

47. jeff byers - December 9, 2009

Her married name is Tindall–tyndall–not sure at this point

48. Cliff Mills - April 6, 2010

Hello. I am looking for anyone who might have information on Gladys Bertha Neale Hannings (or Hannigs). She was in STIC and married my grandfather, Clinton Floren Carlson, following the war. I believe that she was first married to Richard Hannings (or Hannigs) in Manila in 1940. Gladys was born in England, but no one in our family, whom I’ve talked to, knows what happened to her. My grandfather, who died in 1998, never mentioned her to me. He was in room 50, during his stay at Santo Tomas.

Thanks and regards, Cliff Mills

49. Stephanie Carroll - May 12, 2010

Can anyone tell me where the war trial records are kept? I was told in Singapore but the person was not entirely sure. Does anyone know where the trials were held? in Manila? in Japan? TYVM for your assistance.

50. Helen Lathrop - June 23, 2010

My mother, Marie A. Atkinson, was interned at STIC after Bataan and Corregidor fell. She was a volunteer nurse and worked in the children’s hospital. My father, Cpt. C. Pickett Lathrop, came with the liberating forces, the Sixth Field Artillery. They met when he was looking for friends from Virginia, the Bozarths. They married in California, where my mom’s best friend Cecile Barnett, husband Ed, was living. They then moved to Richmond Virginia where they lived until their deaths, my mom in 1993 and my dad in 2000.

Thanks for making sure the history is not lost.

51. Tina Poulin - August 4, 2010

My husband’s father, Armand Poulin, was interned at STIC. His mother, Marie Poulin, would pass food through the perimeter to the internees since she was Russian. Since my husband’s mother would never talk about his father(who comitted suicide in 1947)- I was searching for any information about Armand to help with my husbands search for more information about his father. He owned an import/export business out of Manila-my husband’s brother, Michael was born in Manila. Any information on Armand Poulin…personality,who he was, etc would be GREATLY appreciated. My husband still has a meal ticket from STIC?

52. Burton Hathaway - August 12, 2010

My mother, uncle and maternal granparents were all interned at Santo Tomas. Lynn, Douglas (mother, uncle) and Dorothy and Douglas (grandparents) McDonald. Sadly my grandparents and uncle have passed away, and I am looking for anyone who may have known them pre-war, during, and post-war. They remained in Manila after the war. I am specifically looking for information regarding my grandfather as he never talked about his experiences when separated from his family.

thank you

53. TeresaSmith - September 12, 2010

My great-grandfather William Harris (Atok Gold & Philippine Oil) died in Santo Tomas in 1945. I have his death certificate written on a school paper from the university. I also have a carved wooden American flag pin that the family kept hidden throughout the war at great risk. I treasure it greatly.His granddaughter (whom he had adopted as his daughter) Shirley Harris was evacuated to Australia just before Pearl Harbor. I am her daughter, Teresa Smith. Shirley died in 2006. She always felt it would have been better had her family stayed together and not sent her to Australia. William’s daughter, Bert and her husband Bill Reich were also interned at Santo Tomas, but survived. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers them.

54. teresa1924 - September 17, 2010

Madelyn Read: I think my mother Shirley Harris knew your mother Peggy Peters. Did she attend the American School? Shirley’s grandfather (and adopted father) William Harris died in Santo Tomas. They lived on Santa Escholastica St. Shirley died in 2006. Teresa Smith

55. Juanita McCulloh ( - October 13, 2010

I am searching for a college friend, I knew her while attending BREAU COLLEGE
Located in Gainesville,GA 1945 – 1946 she had returned to college after being interned at SANTO TOMAS she had a brother who was killed during the BATAAN
MArch ,She was interned with her parents,I think her father was manager of the
MANILA POLO CLUB , she and her brother were in the USA attending school
HE WAs enrolled at RIVERSIDE MILITARY Academy
I do not know why they were in Manila that summer before the war
We were living in the Alpha CHi Omega Sorority house in Gainesville GA,
She wanted to be a journalist and planned to continue college, she only talked of the internment and the life in the camp ,late at night sometimes she shared stories
But mostly ,she talked of the future,
I remember her courage and positive attitude my problem is , I cannot remember any names , I think I have a mental block
All information will be appreciate, maiden name.
,,Juanita Latimer )

56. Julie Porrello - November 11, 2010

My husbands parents and his older brother were in Santo Tomas. That would be Carmen and Peter Porrello with a small child Robert. Carmen Navarro Porrello is 97 now but still remember everything –
After the war they moved to CT. Although Pete would rather have stayed in Manila, Carmen wanted her children to grow up in the U.S.

57. F. S. Da Silva - January 6, 2011

My Grandparents, Joseph and Juanita Da Silva and mu mother and uncle, Joe and Lucy where interned at the camp. I wonder if someone new them? My grands seldom talked about the camp and did it reluctanly but told a few amazing stories I guess they shared with some of the authors of the entries here, one way or another.

58. Cliff Mills - January 7, 2011

Hi, F.S. Da Silva, I have a census of over 6,700 civilians who were interned in Philippine concentration camps, but it does not list any Da Silvas. Were your family members still in the camp when it was liberated in 1945? Regards, Cliff Mills

59. F. S. Da Silva - January 7, 2011

Thank you Cliff. I understand they did, but I will ask my mother. I know they where mention in one of the books published about the camp. I also understand that my grandfather was accounted as dead in some records because he was in very poor condition at the time of liberation.
Another of the persons publishing about the camp and interns emailed me that he had found a record of a british family in book, “Santo Tomas” by Frederic Stevens, page 531
Adding to that I’ve heard stories about the camps and the time and I’m sure they didn’t make them up.

60. Cliff Mills - January 7, 2011

Hi, F.S., thanks for the message and reference. They are listed on page 531 of the Stevens book. I was looking in the “American” listings and missed them. In all, the Da Silva names listed in the book are:

Augustus Da Silva, British, Los Banos Internment Camp
Edward C. Da Silva, British, Santo Tomas Internment Camp
Guillermina L. Da Silva, British, Santo Tomas Internment Camp
Joseph A. Da Silva, British, Santo Tomas Internment Camp
Joseph Maria Da Silva, British, Santo Tomas Internment Camp

There are also two “De Silva” names listed:

Juana Molla De Silva, British, Santo Tomas Internment Camp
Lucy M. De Silva, British, Santo Tomas Internment Camp

Perhaps these “De Silvas” are actually “Da Silvas,” as there are some typos in the book.

I have several other books on the internment camps, but most of them don’t have name indexes. However, I will let you know if I come across any mention of your family members as I go thru them. Both of my grandfathers were in STIC, but they have both passed on.

Best regards, Cliff

61. F. S. Da Silva - January 8, 2011

Thanks again Cliff! Edward and Guillermina I don’t know but could be part of the family. I Will ask my mother and maybe she kows or she remembers. My Grandfather was named Joseph Augustus Da Silva so maybe two of those entries could be the same person. As I mentioned he just survived, was very emaciated and was mistankenly accounted as dead because he must have been very close to death when the Amerian troops (heroically!) entered Manila. I will try to clarify, it als could be my grandfather’s brother. The other Joseph must be my uncle Joe. He must have been 6 or 7 when the family arrived in the camp. He is an American cityzen (a very proud one). He worked for the Navy in Guam after the war and moved to California where he’ still in good health enjoying life in SFO Ca.
Lucy and Juanita are my Grandmother and Mother. Juanita’s full name was Juanita Da Silva Molla, a Spanish Catalan married to Joseph a British cityzen. They where in Spain at the time of Franco’s uprising, evacuated from Barcelona by the British Navy decided to travel to the Far east where my Grandad went to work for Pan Am. Out of the pan… The other entry I can identify is my mother, Lucy Montserrat Da Silva. She etered the camp aged 3 or nearly four. When she married she came back to Europe and the family is now scatred between England and Spain. She lives in eastern Spain.

62. Sue Larkin - January 9, 2011


My grandmother Ethel Margaret Stewart-Scott who was British was interned in Santo Tomas Camp. She was without her family. I woudl be most intrested to see what is listed in Steven’s book for her if you have a moment to check.

Kind regards,

Sue Larkin

63. Cliff Mills - January 10, 2011

Hi, Sue, your grandmother, Ethel Margaret Stewart-Scott, is indeed listed in the Stevens book in the British listings. I scanned through the text of the book, looking for any references to her, but did not find any. The book records many incidents that happened in the camp, but most times the individual’s names were not recorded. I’m sorry that I have not found anything for her thus far, but if I find any references to her in any of my other books on the camps, I will let you know.

Best regards, Cliff Mills

64. guillemard - January 13, 2011

Whoever asked about book by inernee who had baby by another intgrnee while husband was in Cabanatuan — it is Margaret Sams (nee Sherk), FORBIDDEN FAMILY.

If anyone can give me contact details for Marian Ralston, my first love at age 8, with whom I played checkers outside Main Bldg Room 33, I would be very grateful. I believe she is in the UK where I am.
Rupert Wilkinson
(STIC, aged 5-8)

65. John (Jack) Russell - January 18, 2011

Burton Hathaway,

As a boy I spent a good deal of time with your uncle on a number of adventures–he was among my good friends. I spent many hours hanging out, swimming, etc with Doug at the McDonald house. In latter years as an adult, I would see Doug on occasion as I live near the SF Bay area in Sacramento CA. Occasionally I would go to Pacific Grove CA and drop by to say hello to your grand parents and the Wentholts, if they were at their PG house. Another member of our child hood group of mischief makers is Frank Wentholt who lives in the SF Bay area–I had lunch with him last week. You can contact me at russellj@csus.edu

66. Sue Larkin - January 20, 2011

Cliff…Thankyou kindly for looking up my grandmother. We believe her friend in the camp came from Bakersfield, California. We do not have a name however do you have any suggestions as to how to search for people in relation to where they came from? I have seen a list at some stage that had addresses.

67. Cliff Mills - January 20, 2011

Hi, Sue, I am currently reading an account of STIC by a British woman who was interned there with her daughter. It has no personal name index, but she does name a great many of the people she encountered. As I read it, I will keep you in mind. I have also been looking for references to Gladys Neale Hannings (hannigs?), my Grandfather’s second wife. I never meet her, but I know that she was English and that she married my Grandfather, Clinton Floren Carlson, after the War.

Best regards, Cliff

68. Sue Larkin - January 25, 2011


What information do you have about Gladys to share? I am reasonably skilled at researching British people and would be happy to assist.
Best wishes


69. Cliff Mills - January 26, 2011

Hi, Sue, thanks for your message and offer. Here is the info that I have about my grandfather’s second wife, Gladys:

Gladys Bertha Neale was born in Jan. 1917 in Leicestershire, England

She married Richard Hannings in Manila on 8 Oct 1940. Her father, Howard Neale, worked for the Manila Elect. Co.

She was interned in Santo Tomas, but Richard was not listed as being in any of the camps. I think that he died in Los Angeles, California, in May 1974.

I think that she married my grandfather, Clinton Floren Carlson about 1949.

She is listed on a 1949 passenger list as British with passport V-455721

She is listed on a 1950 passenger list as British with passport 257-V-455721

She is listed on a 1952 passenger list as being born in England and with passport 503526

She is listed on a 1955 passenger list as being born in England and with passport 578 (U.S.?)

I have a couple of pictures of her, but I don’t know what happened to her. I don’t remember my grandfather ever mentioning her.

Any suggestions that you have to help find information on her is greatly appreciated. Best regards, Cliff

70. Sascha Weinzheimer Jansen - January 30, 2011


The BAY ARE CIVIL EX-POW (bacepow) group is having a membership drive for interested individuals who would like to be in our networking group. Our main objective is to keep our history alive, to help people who are looking for more information on friends and family members, and to keep others from falsley re-writing our history to suite their own agenda.
Attend our upcoming POW lunch on Feb 26, 2011.

Contact: Sascha Jansen-Sr. Vice Commander BACEPOW

71. Rupert Wilkinson - February 2, 2011

As a STIC alum with my family, and historian of the camp, I was impressed with the website of the new camp memoir, THROUGH MY MOTHER’S EYES by Jean-Marie Faggiono and Michael McCoy. Includeng the front page picture of a GI with Jean-Marie. Until, that is, I read the blurb, explaining that the GI is giving her a doll taken of a dead Japanese soldier.
Even if that doll was taken from a Filipino or westerner (as my sister’s Shirley Temple was), did the authors not pause to think that it might have been intended for the soldier’s little girl in Japan? And does that count for nothing? War can brutalise us all. I found the picture-caption insensitive and distasteful.

Rupert Wilkinson

72. Rupert Wilkinson - February 3, 2011

Re my last blog, I now think I wrote too hastily.
Nobody has got at me to revise this (nobody, that is, except for my morally acute family) but I now think the reference to a doll taken off a killed Japanese soldier was less callous, more simply factual than I originally suggested. I still don’t like the idea of giving to her a a trophy but the doll found a home it would otherwise never have got!

73. noelle hicks - February 14, 2011

I am looking for information about my mother Paulette Dreyfus. She was in Santo Tomas from 1943-1945 with her parents, Jules and Renee Dreyfus. They were French. I would like to know any information about any of them, prewar life, life in the camp etc.
Thank you so much.

74. brad mendoza - February 19, 2011

My dad chelly mendoza was a medic with the first calvary and participated in the liberation of st. Tomas. This pass christmas he turned 89. He recently met a lady who was a prisoner and was 11 at the time. They have been in touch ever since. I would just like to let any living survivors of this terrible event know a good american that risked his own life to help them is still alive and would be happy to communicate with them. Thanks and god bless america.

75. Sascha Weinzheimer Jansen - June 3, 2011

Hi Brad Mendoza,

If your father, CHelly is still with us,please contact me @ Mabuhayma@aol.com

I am in touch with a lot of Santo Tomas people who would love to include him in our circle of friends.

Aloha – Sascha Jansen

76. Cathy Reynolds - July 13, 2011

Hello – my great uncle Samuel Hilary Deebel died in STIC in April 1944. He was in his 60s. I have collected some books on STIC including the Stevens one and would be glad to do lookups, etc.
Sam is buried in the North cemetery in the Masonic plot.

Cathy Reynolds

77. Pat McWilliam - July 13, 2011

My father-in-law was with the US Army field hospital that was set up to recieve the pow’s as they were freed from STIC. He is now 90 and would like to correspond with anyone who was there or connected with the prison. Would anyone be willing to write to him? He was the electrician at the field hospital and was known as “Mack”. Thank you

Pat McWilliam

78. Rupert Wilkinson - July 14, 2011

Dear Pat McWilliam: I would indeed like to contact your father and the offer is appreciated. . Though I live in London I have dirt cheap calling to USA so would be glad to call him when easiest for him. I was interned aged 5-8 in STIC and was in the Ed Bldg siege. I am writing a history of the camp including the events of its liberation and after, with stress on how it all felt. . Your father in law maybe very helpful on the aftermath of liberation.

Do please email me.

Rupert Wilkinson
Emeritus Professor of American Studies & History
University of Sussex (UK)


79. Rupert Wilkinson - July 16, 2011

Dear Brad Mendoza,

I’m soiry for delay in this but I would like very much to contact your father and have good reason to. I was interned in STIC aged 5-8 and am writing a new history of it, including liberation and soon after, and how it felt for our liberators. I also need to know much more about the medical scene during flying-column advance, and after liberation and including the shelling.
I live in London but have cheap calling to USA (if his hearing is up to it).

Do please contact me. My email address is wilkinson.ballcottage@virgin.net.

80. Rupert Wilkinson - August 26, 2011

If anyone can tell me the full name and ideally contact details for a boy called ‘Mousey’, aged abiout 8 at liberation, Nick Balfour and I would much appreciate it. For us he was the most memorable boy in the Boys’ Club run by Bertram Leake in the Ed Buiding: tough, lively, talented finger-dancer, good at drawing guns, planes, spaceships.
Also Guy Meredith, a Brit in the Boys Club too, whose mother Joan ran out as our liberating tanks moved to the Ed Building and shouted ‘Don’t you know our boys are in there?’
And Marion Ralston, another Brit, in Main Building
Room 33, my first love.

Rupert Wlkinson, email wilkinson.ballcottage@virgin.net

81. Jim Mack - September 4, 2011

#56 I worked with Peter Porrello Sr. at Millstone Point in the mid 1970’s. He told me all about Bataan. His son Peter Jr. had a child the same time my youngest daughter Jessica was born. Both moms shared a hospital room at L&M hospital in New London CT.
That would have been 1985. Small world……….
My e-mail is jimack104@comcast.net if you would like to swap memories of Pete Sr.

82. Andrea Goodwin - September 29, 2011

I am the last surviving member of my family.
We were all interned in Santo Tomas.
My father was British and my mother was American
We are all listed under the British section of the Santo Tomas Book published in 1946.
H. Geary Gardner
Julie Gardner
Sally Geary Gardner Stubbs twin of
Joan Geary Gardner Stewart
self, Andrea Geary Gardner Goodwin
I am wondering if anyone has maintained a list of those of us who have survived.
When we lived in New York we would go to reunions of those that survived STIC.
I would love to attend a reunion.

83. mary melissa (gurney) porter - January 14, 2012

Mary Melissa (Gurney) Porter-January 14, 2012
I too, am a “graduate” of Santo Tomas Internment Camp. I was interned there from 1942-1945 along with my parents Robert C. Gurney and Gratian (Gay) A. Gurney and my grandparents Paul Rutledge Danner and Ruth A. Danner. I was born on August 29, 1941 so I was very young when we were interned so my knowledge of the three years spent as guests of the Japanese is limited to what stories my father would tell, and what stories they were, and in later years the stories my mother would tell to various veteran organizations when she was asked to speak. My parents and grandparents are long gone now and I turned seventy last August and recently began going through the many, many papers saved through the years by both my parents and granparents. Every time I go through all these papers I learn something new. As a parent I can’t imagine what they went through to survive. My mother, upon liberation was the only member of my family still able to walk and my grandparents were too weak to come home with my family so they didn’t return until about June of 1945. My grandmother only lived ten more years,, dying at the age of sixty-seven and my grandfather only lived to the age of sixty-four, dying of a heart attack probably caused by near starvation. My father also died of a heart attack at age sixty-seven. My mother, the only one of the family still on her feet when we were liberated , lived the longest, passing away at the age of seventy. I proudly display my artifacts where all can see and proudly tell anyone the stories behind those artifacts. I am an Santo Tomas Internment Camp survivor and proud of it! Thank you for letting me tell my story.

84. Mickie Pearson - February 14, 2012

I was a prisioner in the Santo Tomas camp in the Phillippines along with my Father, Mother and my brother was born there in Jan 1944.
I would like to know how to get info about the camp during ww11. My family have all passed. I have written a book about my life so my children can understand about the Greatest Generation. I was just a child however I emember quite a bit. I would appreciate a reply.

Thank you,
Mickie Pearson

85. Elizabeth - February 14, 2012

If you remember a woman named Bess Donnelly, who was a camp medic, I’d like to hear from you: isabelleo1966@verizon.net This was my aunt.

Rupert Wilkinson - February 15, 2012

Dear Mickie,

There are heaps of memoirs about the camp and some dense early histories. One to start with, if you can get it secondhand, is Alan Hartendorp, THE STORY OF SANTO TOMAS. Packs a lot in but sequence is month by month which you may find hard going. A slighter but useful book is Johansen, SO FAR FROM HOME. a history but centered on his own family in camp. Many of these books are cheap secondhand on Amazon.

One of my favorite memoirs is Peter Wygle, SURIVIVING A JAPANESE POW CAMP[, because it has an almost unique knockabout comic style but is not superficial. It’s a father and son effort, the father’s diary with commentary and different perspective by his then- teenage son. Good pencil drawings by father are in the book.

But if you can wait a while, you can read my forthcoming new history of the camp,aiming to combine personal stories with bigger picture and politics of it all. Not due to publishers till next Jan (I’m 2/3 through) but putitng you on my list for e-notice when it comes out.

Best wishes,

Rupert Wilkinson
Emeritus Professor of American Studies & History
University of Sussex (UK)

86. Rupert Wilkinson - February 15, 2012

Oops, the Hartendorp book is THE SANTO TOMAS STORY.

Rupert W

Andrea Goodwin - February 15, 2012

I saw your question regarding Santo Tomas Prison Camp.
A definitive book written and published in 1946 titled
“Santo Tomas” by Frederic H.Stevens.
It is very detailed and at the back of the book has the names of all of us that were interned there.
My father was british, therefore we were all listed under the british section, even tho my mother was American.
You will see me as Andrea Geary Gardner.
I looked up your name but could not find it under Pearson.
There is a section title War Babies as well as those that died in camp. It also lists those that were in Los Banos.
My copy of the book is signed by the author.
I can remember vividly Santo Tomas from the day we were forced into Santo Tomas to day the we were liberated. I love tanks.
We had to stay in the camp for a month or so until we were transported by military plane to Leyte Island to wait for a final liberation to San Francisco.
If you had a different name than Pearson, let me know and I will look it up.
Andrea Gardner Goodwin

87. Andrea Goodwin - February 15, 2012

Mary Melissa Gurney (Porter).
I looked in the Santo Tomas book by Frederic H. Stevens and found your name and family listed.
I have documents from a friend whose father was a chaplain with the First Cav.
He was one of the first to enter Santo Tomas, and according to my friend did not like to talk about what he saw.
I am having a heard time bringing myself to review the documents he kept.
One is interesting, which includes a map of the grounds. I think I have found the location where my family had a shanty.
I remember where the clinic was on the left side of the main building.

88. MH - May 30, 2012

Victoria Flood
Please get in touch

89. MH - May 31, 2012

Victoria, I am intersted in Raymond Paul Flood and son Capt James, also of Korean conflict.

Please get in touch


90. Patrick A Deavy - June 15, 2012

There was a Raymond Paul Flood in my ancesrty who was POW in the Manila,Phillippines during WW. His son, Jmmy(James) b. 1927 was with him. I would be greatful for any info. There is a big Flood Reunion coming up in Donegal, ireland in August and any info about the father and son would be deeply appreciated. email at padeavy@iol.ie Check out Flood Reunion on Facebook

91. Mary Farrell - July 23, 2012

My great aunt, MARY MCMILLAN was an internee at the San Tomas
Internment camp. She was among the many who were there from
1942-1945, I even have a diary that she created called “Inside a Japanese Internment Camp” She was the only Physical Therapist
among the medical personnel. She also had a diary of the long
trip on the seas to meet with the US Grisolm commercial cruising
ship that finally brought the internees home to New York.

I would like to hear from others who have the history of this
terrible time in our US history. I have many of her keepsakes,
and I cherish them.

Andrea Goodwin - July 23, 2012

Iam Andrea Geary (Gardner maiden name) Goodwin.
I was an internee.
However, when my family was liberated, we were first sent to
the Island of Leyte for about a month, waitingtobe shiipped
to the States.
The women ad children were kept at one end of the island and the men at the other,even husbands and wives.
We were finally loaded onto a ship called the Japaraa (sp) but
we were taken to San Franciisco which I am sure is closer to the Philippines than New York.
I vividly remember going under the Golden Gate Bridge and
arriving there.

Elizabeth - July 23, 2012

Mary, My aunt Elizabeth Donnelly was a medical worker in the camp. I wonder if she was ever mentioned in Mary’s diary? She went by Bess, and was unmarried, had been a microbiologist before the war, doing research in the Phillipines when she was interned. I grew up hearing about her stories of the camp.
If you have any info about Bess, please write at: elizalex1@verizon.net
PS : My mother in law is a Mcmillan from NY and Canada.

92. Dotty Green - February 15, 2013

My great Aunt, Annie Lee Lanford Cooley, was an internee at the camp. She ws about 57 at the time of internment, survived and lived to the age of 89. Her husband Joe Cooley waas in the U.S. at the time of Japanese occupation. I would appreciate any information about her or record of her at San Tomas. Please let me know at dotsndashs@aol.com. Thank you

93. Dr. Barbara Seater - March 27, 2013

Dr. B. Seater: I am college professor doing research and looking for copies of the STIC newletters. Can anyone help me?

94. Lee Weller - April 10, 2013

I was looking to confirm the family story that Uncle Walter Eli Wilson lived through the horror of internment at Santo Tomas. Thanks to the various comments and advice already posted, I found his name in Frederick Stevens’ list of internees (“Santo Tomas Internment Camp: 1942-1945”).

Uncle Walter (my grandmother’s uncle) was 76 at the time of his internment, having lived in Manila since about 1900, and had managed or perhaps owned the New Kenwood Hotel in Manila. That’s quite a story for a farm boy from rural New Jersey!

The family lost touch with him (or maybe decided what they knew of him wasn’t quite proper for my mother’s ears), so I would value any information about him (good or bad) during this dreadful period. He died in Manila in 1949 (aged 83) and was buried in North Cemetery.

I’m even more convinced now, by what i’ve read here, that this is yet another facet of WW2 that should never be forgotten – quite the contrary.

Lee (in Tasmania)

95. Lee Weller - April 10, 2013

… and thanks for making this blog available!

96. joyce - April 20, 2013

my brother Robert, went to a yard sale, and the people who were having it had purchased the contents of a storage locker. he purchased a wooden milk crate full of items, one of them being a hand drawn picture of a shanty by dorathy lyman who wa intered at santo Thomas.she and a group of people were asking permission to build the shanty due to lack of space. there was a max vitally as well as others. as I understand it, a lot of these people worked for Pennzoil in the phillipines when they were intered.there is aqn address book belonging to mr vitally, as well as divorce papers and other personal papers.i would love to return these items to the family, as I think its important.if any of you know of any of his livinf family members, please contact me at 925 565 5352. thank you , joyce Wallace

Andrea Goodwin - April 21, 2013

I am a survivor of Santo Tomas. My family, the five of us, lived in a shanty that my Dad purchased from someone, I do not know who.
I tried looking up the two names you gave, dorathy lyman and max vitally, but could not find them listed in the book “Santo Tomas” written by Frederic Stevens, a book which has the names of those of us interned there. We are listed by nationality. There are two other internment camps mentioned also.
I wish you well in trying to return the items to the family.
Andrea Geary Gardner (Goodwin)

97. Cliff Logan - May 29, 2013

Regarding post #73 by Noelle Hicks:
My wife’s ggf was one, Charles Dreyfus. He was the brother of Jules Dreyfus mentioned in the posting. Charles, Jules and a third brother, Leon were born in Alsace, France and emigrated to the PI in what we believe was the 1890s. We have located vital stats on Charles and Leon and what we suspect is Jules birth certificate. We would like any information concerning Jules that you have and are willing to share what we have found with you.

98. evelyn hileman alvir - July 5, 2013

My father, Arthur D. Hileman, was an American incarcerated in Santo Tomas. I find no mention of his name in the sites I’ve checked out. Would anyone remember him? He went back to Utah and died in 1971 (at 90+ ). My brother and I have lost track of him, as he left us in the Philippines. He communicated with my mother for a while and financially supported us. Just wondering at this point if anyone remembers him.

Andrea Goodwin - July 5, 2013

The son or daughter of Mr. Hileman,
I was interned in Santo Tomas along with my parents and sisters.
I did not know your father. Unfortunately my whole family has died.
But I did look your father up in the book “Santo Tomas” written by Frederic Stevens and his name is listed under Americans.
Did you check records in the state he was living in when he was sending money?
Andrea Goodwin

99. Andrea Goodwin - July 5, 2013

Sorry, I missed your name Evelyn.
My father died in 1993 at the age of 93.
I wish you well.
Andrea Goodwin

100. Cliff Mills - July 18, 2013

Hello, everyone. I have been compiling a listing of all the civilian internees in the Philippines. So far, I have 6,827, but I am missing the nationalities for 89 people. If you know if anyone in the following list are American, British, Australian, etc., I would appreciate your help. I have already checked the sources I have, and I am trying to make this database as accurate as possible.

Thanks a lot and best regards, Cliff Mills (grandson of internees Alvah Eugene Johnson and Clinton Floren Carlson).

Please help provide the nationalities for the following internees:
Anderson, Morton T.
Black, James C.
Blake, Mary
Blount, W. B.
Boone, John
Boyer, William C.
Bradley, R. H.
Brill, John
Brown, E. H.
Brown, Iaian A. C.
Bush, William Raymond
Cameron, Ian
Cawley, T. C.
Clegg, Wellington
Cook, William T.
Cotterman, Charles M.
Cowper, George
Croker, George
Davis, Bert Byron
Davis, J.
Elsie, John V.
Fenis, John
Fontaine de la, F. C.
Ford, Henry
Funk, George W.
Golembek, Josef
Gray, M. (Rev.)
Haag, J. D.
Hammond, George
Henry, Jack
Hibbs, Ralph Emerson
Jensen, J. A.
Jereau, George
Johns, Malcolm R.
Johnson, Peter
Jordan, G. H.
Jordan, William H.
Kelsey, Lloyd Michael
Kosierski, John
Kostrzak, Paul R.
Kreiselman, Ben
Kreshinevitch, Matilda A. J.
Kubilus, Raymond
Lacey, Merrel G.
Laraway, E. W.
Lewis, Charles
Lewis, T. L.
Lippe, John M.
Love, Joyce
Mather, Charles R.
McCann, Patrick
McCarthy, Alex
McKinley, R.
McLea, Harold J. G.
Mehan, Michael
Miller, Herbert
Morris, Margaret Helen
Mouis, William F.
Muller, John
Myer, John
Naftaly, Dina
Newman, Emmanuel
Norland, Harry F.
O’Dowd, Charles L.
Powell, Margaret
Ransom, Gail Patience
Richardson, William R.
Rodgers, Burton James
Rodgers, James B., Rev.
Rollins, Ray H.
Romes, Joseph E.
Rowan, Alex
Schookts, Francis
Schwab, Charles
Scott, Lucy C.
Slesinger, Victor
Stearns, Peter
Stephens, Eugene
Storey, Lola May
Sweeney, Max
Warren, Edward
Warren, Thomas
Weinstein, Samuel
Weith, L. E.
White, Curtis W.
Whiteheaed, Gilbert
Whitmeyer, George Irwin
Wolf, L.
York, George

Patrick A Deavy - July 18, 2013

What information have you on Raymond Paul Flood, His wife Bertha Hirsh Flood and his son James paul Flood? I believe they were in San Tomas from January 1922 to february 1945. I am a distant relative living in Ireland and would like to know more. Thank you.
Patrick A Deavy

101. Cliff Mills - July 18, 2013

Hi, Patrick, I do show listings for the Floods as being in STIC in my database, but I don’t find them mentioned in the books I’ve check so far. I will keep checking, but many of the books that I have don’t have indexes. I did, however, through my genealogical sources, find a certificate showing that Raymond and Bertha were married in Kobe, Japan, on August 13, 1925. I also found a passport application which says that Raymond’s father, Peter Paul Flood, emigrated to the U.S. in 1880 from Ireland. If don’t have these documents, I will send them to you and whatever other info I can find. My current address is cliffmills@millsiis.com. Best regards, Cliff

102. joselito a. oliveros - September 2, 2013

I studied at the University of Santo Tomas (the STIC during the war) from 1977 to 1981.

I read a book which devoted several chapters about American nurses who where interred at UST and met a lot of civilians of other nationalities inside. —


103. joselito a. oliveros - September 2, 2013

Elun Gabriel, Cliff Mills and Victoria Barredo–do you know if Alvah Eugene Johnson was good at chess?

Some sources on Philippine chess history say that the second Philippine chess champion –from 1909 to 1913– was one “Alvah E. Johnson”. But I do not know anything else about him.

104. Cliff Mills - September 2, 2013

Hi, Joselito, according to my mother, my grandfather, Alvah Eugene Johnson, was chess champion of the Philippines at one time. I have a photo showing him at a chess board, but it is undated. However, in the Stevens book on Santo Tomas, he is not listed as the STIC champion. I don’t know if he participated in that tournament, but If I find out anything more, I will post it.

105. JIM FAGGIANO - November 9, 2013

RE: #36, “Through My Mother’s Eyes”
This book was published after our mother Eileen Faggiano had passed away (2006); what a coincidence, since she would have come down off the mountain to see to it that it was never published.
The book, though well written, does not represent the historical events as we lived them in Santo Tomas.
It is wrought with so many exaggerations and untruths that it would be best classified as a “novel”, made for a movie, not for history.
I’m dismayed, to say the least, that our family name; Faggiano, is associated with this publication.
It never ceases to amaze me at the number of people who extol the virtues of the book; many of them former G.I.s. to whom they speak and with whom they do book signings.
How anyone can accept the statements made that a 9 year old girl who claims she saved the day with her actions in several instances, is beyond me.
For one, there was no “machine gun nest” and she was not fluent in Japanese and the U.S. Military was in command of the situations in the camp…. not a 9 yr old girl… and the beat goes on.
For those of you who’ve read her book or plan to buy it, do so with the knowledge that is a “novel”, not a history book.
I’m her older brother and was 11 at the time of our liberation.
It is my understanding that the book is NOT in the library of Santo Tomas, and that is as it should be, for the sake of future historians.
Jim Faggiano

Andrea Goodwin - November 9, 2013

Jim, I was unaware of this book. It is shocking to hear of the contents of the book. I was in Santa Tomas also, know all too well the incidents that happened. Andrea Geary Gardner (Goodwin)

106. Penny rothschild - November 30, 2013

I am assisting my father in law Fred Rothschild who was in the us military Jazz coat II, 1945 , their ship USS president Jackson APA 18 rescued a young brother and sister from the camp, they were placed on the ship and taken to Guam, my father says they were American, their father was killed in the camp, he, Fred, gave the little girl a music box, any chance you are or you know these siblings?

Andrea Goodwin - November 30, 2013

Penny, as a survivor of Santo Tomas, you would have to provide more information.The book “Santo Tomas” listed the names of those who died in camp. There are 466 names listed.
After the First Calvary came into camp to save us we had to stay there for a while, finally we were flown by military plane to the Island of Leyte where we waiting for a ship to take us to the United States. The ships name was Gahpara. I may not have the spelling correct.
It was a converted Dutch ship.
There were other camps in the Philippines and perhaps the family he is seeking might have been in one of them.
I doubt that anyone was liberated from Santo Tomas and taken to Guam. In 1946 my father’s position was re established in Hong Kong and my mother and sisters joined him there. We flew by Pan American making stops at Hawaii, Midway andGuam. We spent the night on Guam. Guam had been blasted to smitherings and I could only see one scraggly plan tree that had survived. The next day we were flown to Manila and we went out to see Santo Tomas. I am so glad we did. All the shanties and bamboo buildings had been removed. We then went on to Hong Kong.
If you have any names or part of a name I will look in the book for you.
Andrea Gardner Goodwin

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108. Rupert - December 17, 2013

My new STIC history — Rupert Wilkinson, SURVIVING A JAPANESE INTERNMENT CAMP: Life and Liberation at Santo Tomas, Manila — inclues a phots of a Panam Boeing Cliiper Flying Boat–as a comment on prewar luxury; but I did not realise they continued after the war. Rupert W

109. Lee Weller - April 1, 2014

I’ve just finished reading Rupert Wilikinson’s new book. I found I really had to discipline myself not to read it too quickly. It was comprehensive, descriptive, analytical and yet still personal, and so, quite gripping. It is complete with extensive notes, bibliography, appendices and index. Clearly it represents a great deal of sustained effort, deep thought, and intense commitment. I certainly commend it to others of you who, like me, must know of the Santo Tomas experience only through the memories of others. Thanks, Rupert.

Lee Weller (in Tasmania)

p.s. This is completely unsolicited; I don’t know Rupert, but hope to fix that soon, somehow.

110. Rupert - April 6, 2014

Lee’s comment much appreciated by this author. I’ll just add the book detail. Title is Surviving a Japanese Internment Camp: Life and Liberation at Santo Tomas, Manila, in World War II. Published by McFarland, USA. On Amazon, both print and e-book.

111. Glenn - July 6, 2014

This message is for #15 (Tere Ryder) and for #25 (Paul Sawyer). Were you able to meet in 2008? I am interested to know more about the Perkins in Manila too. Paul Sawyer, do you still have your cousin Dora’s memorabilia?

112. maurice91246 - August 14, 2014

Back in 1995 I started researching the life of Ernest Stanley, from Worcestershire a part of England where I reside, who was one of the interpreters in STIC. Since then my work has expanded to take in more aspects about the camp and those interned (I have an email circulation list of around 70) as many of you will know, and am happy to deal with any enquiries. My Kind Regards.

Maurice Francis : 11 Gilmour Crescent, Claines, Worcester WR3 7PH, England – Tel: 01905 454127 – Mobile : 07752533956 – Email: mauricefrancis1@hotmail.com

113. WJSwanson - September 11, 2014

My uncle John A Gulbranson was interned at STIC from age 12-14. My mother Elizabeth J Gulbranson was 5-8 years old. There were 2 other sisters, Margaret and Phyliis. Their parents were E.Francis and Christine Gulbranson. They were captured in the mountains outside of Zamboanga after 13 months and shipped to Davao then STIC. My uncle just died last week at 84. My mother and sister Phyllis are still alive. They were missionaries in Zamboanga running a school. Some of the posts above have mentioned a young boys group. According to my mother, my uncle ran around with a bunch of boys. Do any of you remember them? They were originally from St. Paul, MN and moved back there after the war.

114. WJSwanson - September 11, 2014

forgot to add that My grandpa Francis Gulbranson was to “keep an eye on the Ground Patrol (GP) to keep them honest” Can anyone tell me what that means?

I also think they were in the same group that Cecily Mattocks wrote about in Happy Life Blues. I know my mother knows her.

115. MAURICE FRANCIS - September 14, 2014

Hello, my very good friend Martin Meadows, an ex-STIC internee, has asked me to pass the following onn to you. Kind Regards Maurice Francis

” To WJSwanson: Because we were the same age, I knew John in STIC, but only casually. Thus I am unable to tell you anything about him or about the group with whom he ran around. But I do remember him, and I am sorry to learn of his death. Also sorry I can’t be more helpful. Best wishes, Martin Meadows “

Andrea Goodwin - September 14, 2014

Was wondering if anyone knew Jimmy Green and Jimmy Turner. They were my friends in Santo Tomas and we played together.
In those days my nickname was Andy
Andrea Geary Gardner Goodwin.

116. Ed Tindall - October 5, 2014

For Jeff Byers, comment number 47– Hilda Tindall is my great aunt and was in that camp. She was 16 when the camp was liberated and married a US Army officer…my great uncle. It appears that you are talking about her because the basic information that you have is correct.

117. Andrea Goodwin - February 19, 2015

Did anyone commemorate February 3 this year and thank the First Calvary who saved us?

118. Andrea Goodwin - February 19, 2015

Let me try again.
Did anyone commemorate February 3 this year and thank the First Calvary that saved us

119. Baltazar Udani - March 30, 2015

For Andrea Goodwin,
I am from the Philippines. Last February 3, UST(University of Santo Tomas) or STIC commemorated the 70th liberation of the Santo Tomas Internment camp thru an exhibit at the UST museum featuring archive photos of the camp. The exhibit also included the complete list of the names of all the internees. One of the internees, Joan Bennett Chapman, who was among the child internees made a memorable visit to Santo Tomas (UST) last Feb. 3. I think there was also a film showing(documentary film) at UST about Manila’s Liberation.during the exhibit.

My best regards.

Andrea Goodwin - April 4, 2015

Baltazar, thank you so much for the information. It would have been great to have been there. My mother sisters and myself were fortunate to see Santo Tomas in 1946. We did not go in but looked in thru the entrance. I was glad. All the shanties and stuff that had been built on the grounds had been removed. So instead of keeping the camp the way it was, I can see it in my mind without all that stuff. I have seen documentaries which show what we looked like back then and how emaciated we were. I have been planning on writing a letter to the commandant of the First Calvary to thank them for saving us. I don’t know if you are aware, but the Japanese were talking about killing us. Something that I thought was just a rumor at the time. However, I found a military book which stated exactly that! I was surprised. The First Calvary did come thru our front gates, smashing them down with tanks to save us. They came racing through unsecured territory to free us. We were thrilled. Fighting continued for about two weeks after that with shells landing in the camp. One mortar shell fell right outside of our shanty. If a soldier had not told my Dad to do something to provide shelter due to on going fighting, my sister Joan would have been killed.
A piece of shrapnel had landed on the small sleeping area where she slept. It was night time.
We had to stay in camp for what seemed a month or so until we could be flown to Leyte Island to await a boat.
As you know we were dying at about the rate of a thirty a month. We were skeletons when we were liberated. I remember, about a day after the First Calvary came in, a soldier was wandering among our shanties. I heard a commotion, rushed over and the soldier had opened up his rucksack. He was letting us kids take his food. When I got there, I was the last, I took his box of cornflakes, that was all he had left. He asked me to give it back. I did. I understood what extreme pain from starvation was like.
Gratitude extends to all the Filipinos that tried to help us and a remembrance for all those that were brutally killed and tortured.
Again,thank you for telling me about the reunion at STIC

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121. PJ Nelson - December 24, 2015

I’m a 39 year old American-Filipino. I did some research and found out my great grandfather was an American who passed away in this very internment camp Feb. 4, 1945 of a coronary embolism. I don’t have much information about him except his name, DOB(which is exactly 100 year to the day to mine), and date of his passing. I’m not too sure, but, I think he may had been a hold over from the Spanish-American/Philippine-American Wars. Especially since my grandfather, who was half Filipino, was born around the Turn of the Century in Manila. He would’ve been in his mid 20s at the time of my grandfather’s birth so it’s logical to assume he may have been an American soldier.

MAURICE FRANCIS - December 24, 2015

Hello, If you could please let me have your Great Grandfather’s name I would be only too happy to do some checking out for you. In addition to my own researching I have an email circulation list of some 70 people involved with STIC in one way or another. Kind Regards – Maurice Francis – email mauricefrancis1@hotmail.com

122. Jan Loomis - January 2, 2016

I am trying to find information about a family that was interned in STIC. The family name was Hezekiah. The father is listed as having died in the camp of cancer. One of the daughters–Frances Flora Holzer apparently also died. The mother was Japanese–name was Tannje but she was called Fanny apparently. There was another daughter called Mary Louise, but we don’t know if she was married. I have not found a listing that the mother and this daughter died so assume they survived. We believe they went to visit relatives in Los Angeles right after the war, but were not well received and that was the last contact. Any information would be appreciated.

MAURICE FRANCIS - January 3, 2016

Hello Jan, for some time now I have been researching those interned from A-Z and have already found some information a while back about the Hezekiah’s which I am happy to share with you. In addition I have a circulation list of some 70+ people who I can ask also. If you are happy to share your email address I can arrange this as well as providing you with what I have. Kind Regards Maurice Francis : 11 Gilmour Crescent, Claines, Worcester WR3 7PH, England – Tel: 01905 454127 – Mobile : 07752533956 – Email: mauricefrancis1@hotmail.com

123. Donna christy weith sajulga - March 22, 2016

At miss evelyn hileman alvir, my great grandfather is arthur hileman of utah. Do you have an email where i can get in touch to??

124. Donna christy weith sajulga - March 22, 2016

To mr cliff, Hi my great great father was arthur hileman, and his son was adopted by Weith,Louie e. Thats why my last name is weith since my great grandfather married and settled here in philippines. And i would like to identify the nationality of weith, L.E. he’s an american.

MAURICE FRANCIS - March 23, 2016

Hello Donna, I have just seen your two postings about Arthur Daniel Hileman & Louis Weith, who I am aware of as both were interned in STIC. I am involved with researching the camp and am happy to give you more information so please feel free to contact me at the email address below. I presume the “Mr, Cliff” you refer to is Cliff Mills another researcher and a good contact and friend of mine. Kind Regards Maurice Francis : 11 Gilmour Crescent, Claines, Worcester WR3 7PH, England – Tel: 01905 454127 – Mobile : 07752533956 – Email: mauricefrancis1@hotmail.com

125. Sam Salter - May 10, 2016

TO: 100. Cliff Mills – July 18, 2013

Charles Mason Cotterman was prominent in the commercial and socio-cultural life of Manila in the early 20th century. He owned Walk Over shoe store. He and 16 members of his family were detained at STIC. He is buried at Manila North Cemetery. See:

126. Sam Salter - May 10, 2016

Cliff Mills, you were asking about nationalities. I saw Cotterman on your list. But the online address I gave above did not appear. If you want to check, search for: Charles Mason Cotterman on Google. A link will take you to Cotterman’s Find a Grave page.

127. Cliff Mills - May 11, 2016

Hi, Sam, thanks for your message. Charles actually has two Findagrave listings, one for Manila and one for Nebraska! There is a 1917 passport photo of Etta and Charles on Familysearch dot org. Thanks again and regards, Cliff

128. thedailyconch - August 7, 2016

Hi everyone. I am a journalist and a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas. I am interested to do a series of articles about the internees of Santo Tomas. I would like to ask your help if you could share with me stories, anecdotes, and photos. I have interviewed more than 20 WWII vets in the 10 years I worked for a newspaper on Saipan.

I believe the more we write about about this Santo Tomas camp, the more we can help the others find closure, especially those who have never heard from their relatives. It will also be an opportunity to pay homage to them.

Please help me share the internees’ stories and photos. Please email me at aleksea@yahoo.com.

Thank you and God bless!

129. Mickey Sieracki - August 11, 2016

Hello Marita – my cousins and I will be touring Santo Tomas tomorrow – the 12th. Would we be able to see the internment displays? We are visiting from the States. Our grandparents and parents were interned there.
Mickey Sieracki

130. David Clutterbuck - September 26, 2018

Does anyone have any details or remember YVONNE COOK (British) aged 21 as an intern in STIC ? Would appreciate any links or details

MAURICE FRANCIS - September 26, 2018

Some might be interested in this – Maurice ________________________________

131. David Clutterbuck - October 21, 2018

Still trying to get details from anyone who might have information or remember YVONNE COOK (British aged 21 an intern in STIC) Please contact me by email : icx@post.com. Thank you DC in Australia

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