One time I was in the
warehouse and I had about 25 prisoners in three bays at the warehouse.
They were working and all I was doing was wandering from bay to
bay. The Lieutenant who was in charge of DDO, he said “One
of the prisoners is missing.” I said “Oh, he’s
probably just in the restroom.” But he didn’t believe
me, and so he said, “I’m calling your commanding officer.”
The Italian Sargent knew quite a bit of English, so I asked “Where
is the prisoner?” He says, “He’s in the next warehouse
talking with his girlfriend.” Actually I’ve always said
we weren’t there to keep them from escaping, we were there
to keep the American girls away from them.
- Carl Fernelius