Vater, Joseph A.

Joseph A. Vater

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Oral History Session #1
Date:
April 14, 2007
Place:
Herndon, Virginia
Interviewers:
Michael Blatt
Andrea Blatt
Transcript Production Team:
Andrea Blatt
Elaine Blatt
Joseph A. Vater
Sandra Stewart Holyoak

Recommended Citation:
Vater, Joseph A. Oral History Interview, April 14, 2007, by Michael Blatt and Andrea Blatt, Page #, Rutgers Oral History Archives. Online: Insert URL (Last Accessed: Insert Date).

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Description:
Mr. Vater served in the US Army Corps of Engineers, 803rd Engineer Battalion (Aviation), Company A, until the surrender of Corregidor.  He was held as a prisoner of war until the end of the war in the following camps: Billibid, Cabanatuan Number 3 and Hoten. He survived a "hell ship" voyage on the Tottori Maru from the Philippines. to Formosa, Pusan, Korea, and, finally, ending in Mukden, Manchuria. Throughout, he endured years of subjugation as slave labor.