MacArthur also cut a deal with the devil himself, the Japanese medical Unit 731 was never held accountable for the unspeakable horrors committed upon men and women as human guinea pigs. In a top secret research facility called Unit 731, Japanese doctor Shiro Ishii and his staff conducted diabolical weapons research that claimed the lives of untold thousands--perhaps even hundreds of thousands--of Chinese civilians. Unlike his equals in the Nazi death camps, his deeds were not exposed and no one was ever punished for the atrocities committed at Unit 731 and other similar camps, because the documents recording their grim findings were secretly sold to the United States in exchange for amnesty. Japan's Unit 731 were years ahead in the development of biology and germ warfare, and with the Cold War beginning as soon as WWII ended, MacArthur forgave these murderous doctors and scientists as long as the turned over their research data to American scientists.
The peace treaty of 1951, guided by MacArthur himself, was deliberately worded to tie off the issue of Japanese liability. During the war, POWs heard wild stories about compensation for their suffering: free homes, free cars and lifetime supplies of this and that when actually all they received was their military back pay. Japan was truly destroyed economically after the war but the years since the war has seen Japan rise to one of the world's strongest economies. Japan to this day hides behind the peace treaty as an excuse not to pay reparations to the men and women who suffered so badly.
As the POWs grew older and the effects of malnourishment, physical beatings, and emotional pain began to take their toll, a new fight laid ahead. EX-POWs had to fight the bureaucracy of the United States Veterans Administration for benefits and pension purposes. The VA was unresponsive, skeptical, and not ready to take a man's word about the beating he took that ruined his back or when a man had to survive 3 1/2 years on a vitamin deficient diet. To this day EX-POWs have to explain their ordeal to twenty and thirty year old VA doctors, many of whom have never heard of Corregidor, the hellships or Japanese slave labor camps.
All EX-POWs have one common goal to pass along to future generations, REMEMBER THEM. Remember the men who died in battle, remember the men who marched days upon days with no food or water, remember the men who were beaten when they worked and killed when they did not. Remember the men who had to wait to die in the Zero Ward, remember the men who lost their lives at sea after their hellship was sunk, and remember the men who survived their 3 1/2 year ordeal.
All prisoners of the Japanese will tell you, We can forgive but we can' forget.