First US citizens released from Tokyo tell of harrowing experiences.
USA: New York:
'Gripsholm' ship coming up the bay / statue of Liberty, sea in foreground / Gripsholm dock side / crowd at pier and police holding crowd back / Mr. Crocker greets his wife / Crocker and his wife standing at mike / Ambassador Grew walks towards camera and waves / cameramen taking pictures of Grew / Grew speaks / Bellaire at mike and Bellaire talks. CU Bellaire talks. (Nat. sd.)
SOUND EFFECTS: Grew speaks: "To be actually standing on the soil of our beloved country again gives us the sense of happiness far too deep and keen to describe in words."
Bellaire speaks: "All the American correspondents in Tokyo on June the 3rd were locked in the hotel. Each in separate rooms and were told that we would not be given food nor a chance to sleep nor water until we had written pro Japanese propaganda."
Bellaire speaks: "We held out for nine hours in the hotel. Finally, after several of us had been beated and choked we finally decided to write articles which we thought anyone on the outside would recognise as not having been written by us under ordinary circumstances."
Prisoners of War; United States of America; World War II in the Far East; Displaced Persons; Second World War
Background: First US citizens released from Tokyo tell of harrowing experiences.