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Interview with Mark Loochaz, October 2005, Yap Island
Mark was forced to work as a farmer for the Japanese during the war. Throughout the war he farmed on the hills near Colonia. When the American bombers began bombing Yap in 1944 he stayed on the hills to watch the bombing - no shelters were available. A lot of the Yapese dug caves to hide in during air raids, however, Mark had no where to hide so he was always out in the open watching the raids. He recalls only one American bomber being shot down during the war and remembers seeing three parachutes exist the plane before it crashed to the south of the island. He said one American swam away from the reef and the other two were captured by the Japanese. The two American airmen were taken to a village in blindfolds and Mark witnessed the Americans being interrogated by a Japanese General the villagers called "Edward the Spy". Mark stood about 200 yards from the Americans as they sat blindfolded in t-shirts with the Japanese.
Mark said the two American POWs were taken to the island of Palau with two Catholic Priests and a Filipino man who ran the weather station on Yap. Mark said Father Bernardo was one of his teachers while in school before the war. He later heard that all were killed by the Japanese on Palau. He remembers the following names:
found the two Catholic Priests names listed on the following web site that validate Mark's information from the interview.
Please let me know if anyone has any additional information about the Catholic Priests or the Filipino weather man. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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