Oral History Interview with James F. Sansom, October 8, 2004

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Interview with James F. Sansom, an officer in the U. S. Army during World War II. Sansom joined the Army in 1940 and began training on anti-aircraft guns in Florida. He was selected for Officer Candidate School (OCS) and was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1942. He was assigned to the 843rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Air Warning Battalion, which made its way to India via the Panama Canal and Australia. Shortly after reaching Calcutta, the unit moved to Myitkyina, Burma. After the war, Sansom was assigned to Sagumo Prison outside Tokyo where Japanese war criminals were being held while on trial for war crimes. He describes some of the routines and residents in the prison. Sansom taught Hideki Tojo how to play card games like gin rummy. Sansom also describes the process of executing convicted prisoners as he carried out some sentences. In all, he executed nine convicted war criminals.

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Creation Date: October 8, 2004
Partner(s):
National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Collection(s):
National Museum of the Pacific War Oral History Collection
Texas Oral History Collection
World War Two Collection
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Place of Publication: Fredericksburg, Texas
Date(s):
  • Creation: October 8, 2004
Coverage:
Place
United States - Florida
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India - West Bengal - Kolkata
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Panama
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Australia
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Myanmar - Kachin National Division - Myitkyinā
Place
Japan - Kanto Region - Tōkyō Metropolis - Tokyo
Era
Into Modern Times, 1939-Present
Description:

Interview with James F. Sansom, an officer in the U. S. Army during World War II. Sansom joined the Army in 1940 and began training on anti-aircraft guns in Florida. He was selected for Officer Candidate School (OCS) and was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1942. He was assigned to the 843rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Air Warning Battalion, which made its way to India via the Panama Canal and Australia. Shortly after reaching Calcutta, the unit moved to Myitkyina, Burma. After the war, Sansom was assigned to Sagumo Prison outside Tokyo where Japanese war criminals were being held while on trial for war crimes. He describes some of the routines and residents in the prison. Sansom taught Hideki Tojo how to play card games like gin rummy. Sansom also describes the process of executing convicted prisoners as he carried out some sentences. In all, he executed nine convicted war criminals.

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1 sound recording : digital

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Keyword(s): oral histories | biographies | interviews | WWII | Sugamo Prison, Tokyo | Burma | Calcutta, India
Partner:
National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation
Collection:
National Museum of the Pacific War Oral History Collection
Collection:
Texas Oral History Collection
Collection:
World War Two Collection
Identifier:
  • LOCAL-CONT-NO: OH01269
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metapth204504
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metapth204504
Resource Type: Sound
Format: Audio