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Exchange of Information Sheet for Relatives, Revised to August 15, 1945 - Page 1. August 15, 1945. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 28, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/fulton/item/126/show/116.

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Title Exchange of Information Sheet for Relatives, Revised to August 15, 1945
Creator (Local)
  • Hodge, Fred G.
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • Portland, Oregon
Date August 15, 1945
Description An exchange of information sheet asking for confirmation of the whereabouts of men that were on the USS Houston, as well as next of kin information. It is an unofficial list of honored dead, prisoners of war, reported alive, and missing men that were on the USS Houston.
Donor Robert B. Fulton
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Houston (Cruiser : CA-30)
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, Japanese
  • Prisoners of War--United States
  • Prisoners of War--Japan
Subject.Name (Local)
  • Hodge, Fred G.
  • Fulton, Robert B.
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Portland, Oregon
Genre (AAT)
  • documents
Language English
Physical Description 10 page typed document
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
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  • image/jpeg
Original Item Location ID 1981-001, Box 7, Folder 4, Item 34
Original Collection Cruiser Houston Collection
Original Collection URL http://archon.lib.uh.edu/?p=collections/controlcard&id=23
Digital Collection Lt. Robert B. Fulton USS Houston Letters
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/fulton
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
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Transcript EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION SHEET. FOR .RELATIVES OF PERSONNEL' ON U.S.S. HOUSTON LOST W SUNDRA STRAITS, FEBRUARY 28, 1942 Revised to August 15, 1945 by F. G. Hodge, 602 Electric BuildingT Portland 5, Oregon This, the 4th Exchange of Information Sheet is being written as we anxiously await official news of V-J Day. Within a few weeks, we all should get an official notice 'concerning the fate of our loved ones. Some will receive good news--"alive and well;* others of us will learn our loved ones perished; and some of us-will probably receive What is perhaps the worst news of all—-*presumed to have died." Few of us will be satisfied with the so-called "official news." We will all want details, and those details must come from the Houston mon who come back- only they will have the intimate details we all want so badly. If your Houston man returns, YOU will get the news but wilj. you share it with those loved ones of Houston men who DO NOT RETURN? My first Exchange Sheet of Jan. 15, 1944, contained about 200 names--this one lists 817 Houston men. Thanks to all of thosewho cooperated to make this listing possible. In my files are hundreds of letters expressing thanks for the information YOU and !I have furnished, I wish I could share all these personal messages with you but that is impossible. I wish I could have personally replied to all the letters I received but that too would be almost impossible. A few next of kin of Houston men have failed to cooperate--even to the extent of answering my questionnaire covering THEIR Houston man. Perhaps they have questioned my motives, and that is quite understandable. But the.war is over now and no Jap can further harm your loved one. WonTt you please confirm so this record will be a"'littie .more complete?—it will cost you only three cents postage and a little time I It may make you feel better to know that O.N.I. (Office of Naval Intelligence) 'asked the F.B.I. (Federal Bureau of Investigation) to investigate my activities over a year ago. The local Red 'Cross- also received many inquiries on my work. If,this activity had been wrong or dangerous to the war prisoners, it would have been stopped long ago. So — cbme on — join the Houston family and share "your news with us all—please!! My brother, Lt. Ernest D. Hodge, has not been heard from* Neither have over 400 other sons, husbands and brothers who were on the Houston Feb. 28, 1942. But I have verified 232 Houston men-as officially listed as prisoners of war. My records (remember they are not accurate--not official) show: Nike, -Thailand ~ 115 men have been reported to me as held at Nike. I am informed that Nike is not far from Bangkok, and the prisoners there were probably used to mine wolfram, (tungsten ore) for the Japs. The climate is good and food rather plentiful. Moulmein, Burma —* Most of the men reporting from Nike* were first held at Moulmein, Burma—in fact, I am confident the 62 men my records show to be at Burma were long ago sent elsewhere—probably to Nike, Thailand. • Tokyo, Japan — Only 10 Houston men are reported'held at Tokyo camp. Zentsuji, Japan — This camp permits the 8 Houston 'officers held here to write full letters home, but only a few have come through the past year. Java — Nothing is known of the fate of the 9 Houston men my cards show held in Java. There have been bad reports indicating some Houston men may have been lost as a result of submarine action on Jap transports transferring prisoners of war from Java. Hakodate (northern Japan) — Not much known about this camp. I show 7 Houston men there but believe these men may have been transferred to Tokyo. Fukuoka, Japan — There is quite a bit of evidence to support a theory that many of the Houston prisoners from Burma and Thailand were recently transferred to Fukuoka. Only 5 men on my Houston list are so far reported from there but I'll wager lots more are found there.