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Military prison photos donated to Okinawa

Date Posted: 2006-07-22

Most Okinawans didnít even know there was an American military prison on Okinawa decades ago, but an American has produced the proof.

William Myberry, a former guard at he Ryukyu stockade in what is now Okinawa City, has donated more than 150 photographs taken during his time at the facility in the 1950~1955 era. The stockade was located in the Okinawa City Uechi area. The photographs have been donated to the Okinawa City office.

The city is calling the pictures ďa treasure for us. We donít have pictures of American military prisons at all.Ē The photos are on display through tomorrow in the City Hall lobby.

Myberry, a 74-year-old Arkansas native, was working at the prison during the early 1950ís. His photographs show children at play in front of a sign identifying the Rycom Military Stockade. Others show panoramas of the prison, prison staff and of the prison facility itself.

Snapshots of Okinawans have captured the essence of the post-war period, showing one aged lady in front of sugar cane field, while a small girl is carrying a baby on her back.

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