Since early in 1997 there has been an effort to recognize the former Commonwealth and Allied prisoners of war in Taiwan who suffered at the hands of the Japanese during World War II. This project which was known originally as the KINKASEKI POW MEMORIAL PROJECT, came about as a result of information coming to light late in 1996 about the notorious Japanese prisoner of war camp at Jinguashi, Taiwan, formerly known as Kinkaseki. Michael Hurst MBE, a Canadian expat living in Taipei, formed a committee to organize a memorial service for the men of Kinkaseki in May of 1997, and this ultimately led to the construction of a memorial to the POWs of Kinkaseki and the other POW camps in Taiwan. The Kinkaseki / Taiwan POW Memorial was officially dedicated on November 23, 1997.
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On Saturday June 20th 2009 a memorial service was held at the site of the former Taipei Prison to honor and remember the American airmen who were captured by the Japanese when their aircraft crashed or were shot..."FAMILY MEMBERS HONOUR DEAD AIRMEN" - TAIWAN NEWS - 2005-06-20 / Associated Press
Friends and relatives of 14 American airmen captured and executed by Japanese forces in Taiwan near the end of World War II gathered to honor them yesterday at the site of a notorious Japanese prison where they...A WORLD WAR II REMEMBRANCE IN TAIPEI
by Jerome F. Keating Ph.D., Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society Board Member
Taiwan abounds with historical sites, many of which residents pass by everyday with scant recollection of what went on there. One such place in Taipei...MEMORIAL SERVICE AT THE REMAINS OF THE OLD NORTH WALL OF THE FORMER TAIPEI PRISON FOR THE 14 AMERICAN AIRMEN EXECUTED BY THE JAPANESE 60 YEARS AGO June 19, 1945 – was the date of the senseless execution of 14 American airmen at the Taipei Prison. On June 19th 2005 – the 60th Anniversary of that tragic event, the Society held a special memorial service... TAIWAN POW CAMPS MEMORIAL SOCIETY COMMEMORATES POW EVACUATION
During World War II, more than 4350 British Commonwealth, American, and Dutch POWs spent time in Japanese prisoner of war camps on Taiwan. Some stayed only a few months before being moved to other camps in Japan...