Chief Engineer Galen McCray was serving aboard the S/S CONNECTICUT when that vessel was attacked and sunk by the German raider MICHEL. He was a POW of the Germans aboard the MICHEL then later handed over to the Japanese. I have two post cards that Chief McCray sent home to his wife during his time as a POW under the Japanese. These cards appear to be the type that the POWs were permitted to send back home to let their next of kin know of their circumstances. The first card is from Fukuoka, Japan from Galen McCray. Nationality: American, Rank: Merchant Seaman, Camp: 3rd Fukuoka Camp. The card is addressed to Mrs. Galen McCray, Erath. Louisiana, USA c/o Mrs W.M. Carroll. The back of the card reads Imperial Japanese Army. The message reads:
My dear Irene: I am interred in Fukuoka Camp. My health is good. I am working for pay. Please see that Wanda's and your health is taken care of. My love to you darling. Signed: Galen. The card is dated December 27, 1943.
The second card which is of the same type as the first The message is: My darling wife and daughter. My health is good. Hope that all is well with both of you. If checks stop coming see Mr. Hand. Don't worry about me. Hope to be with you soon. Love and kisses. signed Galen.
Both cards have various Japanese stamp markings but I do not have a translation for what they mean.
It is interesting to note that the cards were sent to Mrs. McCary c/o Mrs. W.M. Carroll. William M. Carroll was the Chief Mate of the S/S CONNECTICUT.