ARMED FORCES: Belated Rations

Every American in the armed forces who spent time in enemy prison camps will be repaid at the rate of $1 for each day of captivity, and every captured civilian $2 a day, the U.S. War Claims Commission ruled last week. The decision will give an average of $600 each to about 120,000 ex-prisoners, but it won't cost U.S. taxpayers a cent. The commission found that German and Japanese P.W. camps had underfed prisoners in violation of the Geneva Convention; payments will be financed from seized German and Japanese holdings in the U.S.


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