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April 17, 2004
Your letters "Don't Forget Bataan" (April 10) were especially touching because Dr. Rocco L. Motto's letter gave notice that Dr. Dan Golenternek had recently died. Golenternek and John Lamy were the two doctors at the American prisoners-of-war slave labor camp working at the Mitsubishi copper mine in Hanawa, Japan. In August 1944, 1,035 American POWs -- survivors of Bataan and Corregidor -- were crowded into the forward hold of the "hell ship" Noto Maru in Manila and taken to Japan.
April 12, 2004 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, Times Staff Writer
There are no remnants of the prisoner of war camp in Garden Grove that once housed more than 1,100 German soldiers near the end of World War II. The 15 acres near the intersection of Garden Grove Boulevard and Palm Street are now home to a strip mall and tract homes. There's not even a plaque marking the spot.
April 8, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Bush administration urged an appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's award of nearly $1 billion in Iraqi money to 17 Americans taken prisoner by Saddam Hussein's government during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Attorneys for the POWs, who were tortured and starved, said the award -- to be paid from Iraqi government assets frozen in this country -- in no way threatens the rebuilding of Iraq, taking issue with the central argument of the administration.
March 25, 2004 | From Reuters
The Army general in charge of the prisoner operation at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been reassigned to oversee prisoner detention operations in Iraq, U.S. military officials said Wednesday. For the last 18 months, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller has commanded the joint task force at Guantanamo that holds 600 foreign terrorism suspects, most of them captured during the war in Afghanistan. He will become deputy commander for detainee operations for the U.S.
February 16, 2004 | From Associated Press
Iraq will ask the United States to revoke former President Saddam Hussein's status as a prisoner of war and hand him to the Iraqis for trial, the nation's foreign minister said Sunday. Hoshyar Zebari said in Kuwait that a new Iraqi government would request that Hussein be "handed over to the Iraqi justice." Zebari was speaking at the end of a two-day meeting with counterparts from neighboring countries.
February 4, 2004 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
As a chill wind swept in Tuesday from the ocean, retired Navy Cmdr. Lloyd "Pete" Bucher, who died last week at the age of 76, was accorded a measure of the respect that his shipmates long believed the Navy had wrongly denied him. After an emotional funeral attended by many of the men whose lives he had saved, Bucher was buried with military honors at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery. The Navy that once seemed to shun him provided a 21-gun salute.
February 1, 2004 | Hamida Ghafour, Special to The Times
For nearly all of his adult life, Abdul Nabi has been a prisoner. For the last two years, the 23-year-old farm laborer has been held in a crumbling Soviet-style prison in this northern Afghan city along with 900 other Taliban fighters. For most of the two years before that, he was held prisoner by the Taliban itself. Now he may finally get to go home.
January 11, 2004 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
Iraqis' complex and contradictory relationship with the dictator who dominated them for decades got even more tangled Saturday, as the country digested reports that the Pentagon has determined that Saddam Hussein is a prisoner of war. Cab driver Jassam Said expressed hope that the decision by U.S. Defense Department attorneys that Hussein is protected under the Geneva Convention means he may be tried in the United States rather than Iraq.
January 10, 2004 | John Hendren, Times Staff Writer
Pentagon lawyers have determined that Saddam Hussein is a prisoner of war, a Defense Department spokesman said Friday, entitling the former Iraqi president to refuse interrogation and possibly complicating the Bush administration's plan to let Iraqis prosecute him. The much-anticipated decision means that Hussein, captured Dec. 13, will be accorded certain rights under the Geneva Convention. The status bars the U.S.
November 30, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An Army intelligence officer was charged Saturday with violating security at the U.S. detention camp for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He is the fourth worker at the base accused of security breaches. Two Arabic translators and a Muslim chaplain face charges ranging from espionage to adultery. U.S. Army Col.
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