Internees & Others

This database is currently under development. Each person has their own story. It is the aim of this site to identify all those who suffered during the war. Special “thanks” to Maurice Francis for his contributions.

Internees by Nationality

  • Americans
  • Australians
  • British
  • Canadians
  • Chinese
  • Dutch
  • Egyptians
  • French
  • Germans
  • Italians
  • Mexicans
  • Norwegians
  • Polish
  • Slovaks
  • Spanish
  • Swiss
Internees by Topic


  • Non-Internees by Nationality
  • Non-Internees who died during Japanese occupation
  • Non-Internees who escaped the Philippines

25 thoughts on “Internees & Others

  1. What a wonderful surprise to discover your website thanks to an email for Maurice. My father was in STIC; he survived because the Kempetai grabbed the wrong Larsen when they took, Grinnell, Dugglby, Johnson and Larsen to Bilibid; tortured them and executed them in early January.
    My mother, who was Russian (Russia and Japan had a non aggression pact during the early part of WWII) and I were allowed to spend most of the occupation in our home in Manila under house arrest.
    My mother and I (age 4 1/2) and my baby sister with our Filipina amah, ran through the battle of Manila to get to the safety of STIC which had been liberated the previous day. I will send you the story of that terrible day. Chris

  2. I am excited to see this website and hopefully will make connections. I was born in Baguio soon after internment. My parents, Ed and Helen Angeny were Church of the Brethren missionaries. Mom wrote a book, “Behind Barbed Wire and High Fences” ( published by Sunbury, Camp Hill, PA and also available in paperback and on Kindle through Amazon). We were in Camp John Hay, Camp Holmes and finally Bilibid.
    I am interested in finding all the information I can about the internment and people involved. Particularly, I’m trying to find the name of the ship that brought us to San Francisco from Leyte. It was a Dutch Freighter and arrived in May. I have been on Ancestry and found nothing. I was informed that all those records have been destroyed.
    Carol (Angeny) Wion

  3. This is an excellent website even now as it is “still under development” as you say. I started researching the life of Ernest Stanley, STIC interpreter, back in 1995 and since then things have taken off and I am now involved very much with all aspects of the camps having a circulation email list of over 70 people, as I am sure you are aware. You might perhaps like to mention on your site that I am happy to add anyone on to this list but of course others on it will be aware of their email address. My Kindest Regards. Maurice Francis : 11 Gilmour Crescent, Claines, Worcester WR3 7PH, England – Tel: 01905 454127 – Mobile : 07752533956 – Email:

  4. As the only member of my immediate family who was not interned in STIC, I read these stories with a sense of profound gratitude and humility.
    But for the grace of God… — Bill Boni
    (interned family members were Ovidio, Albina, Ovid, David and Robert)

  5. I’m trying to find information on great grandfather who was interned and passed away in one of the internment camps. Can’t be too sure which one because information about him from my elders are vague. All I know is James Howard Nelson was half white and half African American. My grandfather down to myself are of Filipino descent. From my own research I’ve gathered that at around the time of his death he would’ve been around 65 or 66 years old and he may have been a hold over from the Spanish/American or Philippines/American War. Is there any way to find a list of internees at each camp?

    • I, too am trying to find the camp my American grandmother, Edna Clyne Brown, was in. She had been the supervisor of the telephone company in Manila.

  6. This web site is amazing! I just found my great grandfather’s name listed as one of the internees that passed away at San Tomas Internment Camp. Now I have a few facts to go on. I was told he died of a heart attack because he was so happy when he heard of news that Americans were going back to the Philippines. Cause of death was coronary embolism on February 2, 1945.

    • Hi, PJ, thanks for your questions and comments. From what I’ve found so far, it looks like your great-grandfather, James Howard Nelson, was born in Virginia in April, 1876, and was stationed with the U.S. 24th Infantry Regiment in Tayug, Luzon, in June 1900. The 24th was an “all black” unit and served in the Philippines a couple of times.

      There is a history of the regiment which you may be able to obtain through a library or bookstore: Last of the Black regulars : A history of the 24th Infantry Regiment (1869-1951). Later, James is listed in the Santo Tomas July 1944 census as being retired, married and residing in room 114 of the campus .

      When the full internee database is released, you will be able to view additional information that I find.

      Thanks again and best regards,



      • not sure if can help me and my younger sister .our father albert buzzell Lowell was a prisoner at santé tomas .not sure exactly when but thinking 44-45 maybe 43 .he had been a pharmisist mate second class on uss relief and possibly civilian heavy equipment .maybe at prison hospital working .I cant seem to find anything about him can anyone you know help us we never met him nor have we seen picture .

        • Thanks for your message. Your father is in my database of internees, but I only have basic information on him, so far. I will look thru my books and articles to see if there is anything that I can send you. Best regards, Cliff

          • Can you find my grandmother in your data base? Her name was Edna Clyne Brown. She was a supervisor at the telephone company in Manila & was on house arrest while she was forced to teach the Japanese how to operate the phone system. After that she was interned at one of the camps.

          • Hi, Jacque, thanks for your question. I have a few notes and links for your grandmother, Edna Clyne Brown, which I will e-mail to you. Included in that, is an article from “The Japanese Occupation of the Philippines,” by A.V.H. Hartendorp, which mentions her and the situation at the Manila telephone company. Hopefully, these will be useful to you. Regards, Cliff

  7. This is an amazing site. Congratulations! This must be a lot of work. I’m looking for information about my grand-parents Helen and James Glen who were from Glasgow, Scotland. I know that they had been in Manila since the 1920’s and were evacuated on MS Pennant. The only information that I have is that Helen had been a “Royal Matron” and had worked at the Malabon Sugar Company. James had been a merchant seaman during his life, mostly for P&O, and had crewed on ships in the Pacific up to 1941. Any information about them would be appreciated.

  8. Fascinating website! I’m looking forward to its further development. My father, Colonel Arthur Philip Murphy, never surrendered, was never captured and never interned, but he was stationed at Camp John Hay (Baguio) on December 8, 1941, when the Japanese attacked. He served as a guerrilla from March 1942 until September 1945 with United States Armed Forces in the Philippines, North Luzon (USAFIP-NL). My book detailing his experiences (The Luckiest Guerrilla) will be published later this year (2018).

    • Hi, Patricia, thanks for your comments. This site is primarily for civilian internees, but it will have links to books and publications about guerrilla activities in the Philippines. As such, I’m looking forward to reading your upcoming book. Please let me know when it is released. Best regards, Cliff

  9. My husband’s uncle Henry Hezekiah and his two daughters ( Mary Louise, Frances Flora Holzer and her husband, Charles Clifford Holzer) were interned in Santo Tomas. Hezekiah’s wife was Japanese (Mary L. aka Fanny or Tannje) and apparently was not interned.

    Frances Holzer and Henry Hezekiah both died in the camp. I would be interested if anyone knows anything about the Hezekiah’s in the camp or anything about his Japanese wife. We believe she survived the war but know nothing more about her.

    Thank you for all your work to keep these memories alive. You are doing a great job.

  10. Is there any information in the data base on my uncle, George Kallman and Delilah Endicott. They were interned at Santo Tomas.

    • Hi, Sharon, thanks for your message. I will send you the records I have in my database for George Kallman and Delilah Endicott. I also have a listing for them on my “Love and Marriage” page, but I do not know where or when they were married. If you could supply this information, I can add it to that listing. Thanks and regards, Cliff
      Update: I just found the date and place of their marriage.

    • Hi, Daniel, thanks for your message. I think that the siblings that you are referring to are the Fernandez sisters, Carmen Mary, Juanina Mary and Mary Louise. They appear in the YouTube video Interviewing Philippine Internees 1945, at the 60 minute, 10 second mark. They were born in New Jersey and New York. If this is not the family you are referring to, please let me know. Regards, Cliff

  11. Hello Cliff,
    This site is such a boon for folks trying to put the pieces together. Do you have any information about Harbaugh’s being internerned in Los Baños or Santo Tomas. Eliza Harbaugh was my wife’s grandmother. My wife’s mother may have been interned as well but would not be recorded as a Harbaugh but rather as Joanne Cantillo and would have been about 5 or 6 years old in 1942. Thank you!

    • Hi, Stephen, thanks for your message. I don’t have either Eliza Harbaugh or Joanne Cantillo in my database of civilian internees. I am going to check some other rosters to see if I can find entries for them. I will certainly forward you anything that I find. Best regards, Cliff

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