4/02/2021

The report on Shinsei Maru incident

Soon after the sinking of Shinsei Maru, Master Sergeant 平田楠雄 Hirata Masuo of the escorting squad had filed a report, complete with the names of those missing in action and those who survived. The commission of the physicians and medical workers is now clear, thanks to the research of Prof Tseng Ling-Yi. 神靖丸沉沒後不久,隨船護衛隊軍曹平田楠雄製作了一份報告,含全體生歿人員的名冊。

It turns out that the physicians were 奏待, i.e., equivalent to 奏任 (appointed by royal ministers), whereas medical assistants and immunologic assistants were both 判待, 判任 (appointed by Governor General of Taiwan). 他們的官階據曾令毅教授的研究,醫師們為奏待,即帝國大臣任用奏任的待遇,其餘人員為判待,即台灣總督任用的判任待遇。

The complete list of everyone on board can be seen or downloaded here 全部名單在此: 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DnNuJWfU84gLlKFX-l5spVTjbXBnTMuo/view?usp=sharing 

This list may help whomever still seeking info on a father/brother missing during the Pacific War. 對還在尋找在太平洋戰爭未歸父兄的讀者,此名冊也許有點用處。

5/04/2019

淡水和平公園紀念雕像

A few years after the initial proposal to Tamsui District Director Mr Tsai Yeh-wei, a sculpture in honor of those Tamsui-lang who perished during the Pacific War has actually be completed. It is located within Tamsui Peace Park.
淡水區長蔡葉偉在遺族提議數年後,從善如流,終於在和平公園建成了一紀念在太平洋戰爭中犧牲的淡水人的雕像。

The mother-holding-a-baby theme is based on the autobiography of Eyedoc's mother, who had  received an unexpected notification from Township Office to collect ashes of her husband Dr Tze-Chang Cheng, and in mourning, had gone to the shore of Tamsui River with her baby to look at Guanyin Mountain, in total shock, facing an unknown future at the same time...
這座雕像的母抱嬰主題乃基於Eyedoc母親的自傳,形容收到鎮公所去領夫婿鄭子昌醫師骨灰的通知後,晴天霹靂,守孝期間抱著嬰兒至淡水河邊,看著觀音山,面對未可知的未來...



1/10/2019

Update 28 - 台中州陳佰林醫師

BH 報知,她於一偶然機會,從一位洪醫師得悉他好友的叔叔也是便乘神靖丸,並且名單中的台中州(歿)陳柏霖醫師,可能因為筆劃類似,應是陳佰林醫師。本部落格謹此更正。

8/30/2018

John S McCain

祖孫三代馬侃,都服役美國海軍,曾為越戰戰俘後為參議員的孫子日前過世,享受身後殊榮。

馬侃出生於1936年8月29日,也就是在他8歲時,神靖丸被他的祖父參與的 Operation Gratitude 殲滅戰之下擊沉。


上圖為馬侃夫人辛蒂撫棺道別時所攝照片。比起來,神靖丸的戰歿醫師,助手,和農業生產工員的家屬們收到的只是空的骨灰盒,沒有這樣的告別機會。