Join international volunteers and donors in building a memorial museum to World War II Far East prisoners of war, many of whom were so scarred by their experiences that they could never discuss them, even with families. We are determined that posterity know their story.
During WWII, 27 percent of prisoners of war in Japanese POW camps died in captivity (as high as 40 percent in the case of U.S. POWs) under nightmare conditions of disease, filth, and brutality. The toll of lives would have been even higher but for many acts of kindness and heroism by Asian civilians, especially Filipino and Chinese (and even some humane system-defying Japanese) who, at risk of their own lives, clandestinely helped POWs in the camps to obtain food and medicine.
Although there are individual unit memorials and museums commemorating this history, this will be the first international memorial museum dedicated to all Far East POWs. To be located in beautiful downtown Bremerton, Washington, an Olympic-Peninsula waterfront location rich in military history, it is long past due.
FarEastPOWSInternational.org has already obtained official non-profit status and this site will be updated periodically as work progresses. We are just beginning the process and much work remains. Any donation, no matter how small, will help realize the dream.
Prisoners in the Far East World War II International Museum is organized and operated exclusively for educational purposes.