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Sam Million - World War II

The son of Sicilian immigrants, Sam Million speaks extensively about his parents and their struggles as immigrants in a new country. He enlisted in the Army in October of 1946, and by early 1948 was assigned to Sugamo Prison in Tokyo, where those Japanese accused of war crimes were imprisoned. He spent six months on suicide watch over General Hideki Tojo, the former Japanese Prime Minister.

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Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Army veteran who was stationed at Sugamo Prison guarding Japanese war criminals in 1947: Early Life

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Army veteran who was stationed at Sugamo Prison guarding Japanese war criminals in 1947: War Years

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

Army veteran who was stationed at Sugamo Prison guarding Japanese war criminals in 1947: General Tojo's Dentures

Transcript


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Joseph Million circa 1900 while living in Brooklyn, New York.

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Brooklyn, New York

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1900

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Narrator’s photo

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Joseph Million circa 1900 while living in Brooklyn, New York.

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Brooklyn, New York

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circa 1900

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Narrator’s photo

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Sam Million, age three, circa 1929. The family lived in Auburn, Illinois at the time.

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Auburn, Illinois

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circa 1929

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Narrator’s photo

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Betty Jo and Sam Million (twins) circa 1934. Springfield, Illinois.

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Springfield, Illinois.

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circa 1934

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.

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Million family portrait in 1933. Front row, left to right: Marie, Mom, Pop, Betty, Rose. Back row, left to right: Frances, Santina, John, Margaret, Lena.

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Unknown

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1933

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Narrator’s photo

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Joseph Million in 1940 while he served as a delegate to the Illinois State Republican Convention.

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Unknown

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1940

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.

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Joseph Million circa 1940 in Springfield, Illinois at 1000 N. Fifth Street.

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Springfield, Illinois

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circa 1940

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Narrator’s photo

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Sam Million as he appeared in his Lanphier High School class yearbook.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Public domain

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Sam served as the treasurer for his sophomore class at Lanphier High School

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Public domain

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Sam Million on his wedding day, October 7th, 1950. Sam with his parents Katherine and Joseph Million. Sam married Joan Hadley at the United Methodist Church in Springfield, Illinois.

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United Methodist Church in Springfield, Illinois

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October 7th, 1950

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Narrator’s photo

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Katherine Million circa 1969-1970. She was living at her daughter Margaret’s house at the time.

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Unknown

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circa 1969-1970

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Narrator’s photo

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Katherine Million with one of Pete’s children in circa 1969-1970.

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Unknown

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circa 1969-1970

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Narrator’s photo

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Private Sam Million, circa September 1947 at Sugamo Prison.

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Sugamo Prison

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September 1947

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Public domain

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Sam Million, Johnny Green, unknown soldier and Donald Faivre, taken at Camp Sugamo Prison circa September 1947.

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Camp Sugamo Prison

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circa September 1947

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Narrator’s photo

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Sam Million in 1947 at Quonset Hut, Sugamo Prison.

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Quonset Hut, Sugamo Prison

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1947

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Narrator’s photo

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Sam Million in 1947 at Quonset Hut, Sugamo Prison.

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Quonset Hut, Sugamo Prison

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1947

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Narrator’s photo

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Sam Million, Berg, Lester Wahlen, and Carmen Ahart at Sugamo Prison in October 1947.

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Sugamo Prison

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October 1947

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(Narrator’s photo)

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Sam Million in 1947 at Sugamo Prison.

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Sugamo Prison

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1947

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Narrator’s photo

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Red Cross Club on Christmas Eve, 1947. Sam Million is flanked by the Phillip twins.

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Unknown

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Christmas Eve, 1947

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Narrator’s photo

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Ice Rink in Tokyo, Japan in November 1947. Pictured left to right are Sam Million, Clemont Robbins and Harry Dunn.

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Ice Rink in Tokyo, Japan

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November 1947

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Narrator’s photo

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Million in Hawaii en route to Japan in February 1947.

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Hawaii

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February 1947

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(Narrator’s photo)

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Camp Stoneman, California. Million with James Sullivan Campbell, in January 1947.

Where:

Camp Stoneman, California

When:

January 1947.

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(Narrator’s photo)

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Million looks through the bars of the entrance to Sugamo Prison.

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Sugamo Prison

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Unknown

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(Narrator’s photo)

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General Hideki Tojo about to board bus at Sugamo Prison on his way to trial. Tojo can be seen through the prison bars, being escorted by American MPs sometime in 1947.

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Sugamo Prison

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1947

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Narrator’s photo

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Reverse of the photo of Tojo boarding a bus at Sugamo Prison. Signature of Yoshijiro Umeza and Mamoru Shigemitsu in English and Japanese.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Narrator’s photo

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Intricate drawing of a Japanese geisha drawn by one of the prisoners and given to Sam Million. The pen used was made of feathers while the ink was made of crushed berries.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Public domain

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A Japanese ‘red ball’ silk flag which Sam Million had signed by the war high ranking war criminals being held at Sugamo prison while he served as a jailor there. The prisoners consisted of a Japanese war cabinet of 25 men.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Public domain

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Flag Provenance, page 1.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Narrator’s document

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Flag Provenance, page 2.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Narrator’s document

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Flag Provenance, page 3.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Narrator’s document

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Flag Provenance, page 4.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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Narrator’s document

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A Sugamo Reunion was held in St Louis Missouri in the 1990s. Sam Million with Clemont Robbins and Harry Dunn.

Where:

St Louis Missouri

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1990s

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Narrator’s photo

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Sam Million on the day of the interview in October, 2009

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Unknown

When:

October, 2009

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Public domain



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