Opa: Dutch for Hero.

By Jason A. Dixon, grandson   Name: Richard E. Coert Born:   October 5, 1922, Dutch East Indies Died:   October 17, 2003, California, USA POW:   Burma-Siam Railway Richard E. Coert was born in 1922 in what… Read More

Animated Map.

  This is a remarkable web site called Pacific War Animated.  How did the war end up in the Dutch East Indies ?  With dramatic music in the background, you can follow the progression of invading Japanese forces… Read More

Paatje Boon.

By Sylvia Boon Couto, daughter Name:  William Boon Born:    December 17, 1917, Java, Dutch East Indies Died:    June 10, 2011, California, USA POW:   Camp Tjimahi, West Java, Nov 20 , 1942 camp 4e Bataljon The… Read More

The Camps.

By Jan Krancher, California, USA Overview of the Japanese Imprisonment Experience   The Japanese High Command on Java attempted to coerce the Indo-European members of the former Royal Netherlands-Indies Army, Navy and Air Force to enlist in the… Read More

Wartime Humanity.

By Joyce Kater, New Mexico, USA LITTLE MOMENTS OF HUMANITY AT WARTIME   Although this incident happened a lifetime ago in the Second World War in South East Asia, it still lingers in my memory.  It took place in… Read More