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Former American POWs held in Japan during WWII visit war cemetery near Tokyo, recount memories

  • Former American prisoner of war Joseph Demott, 97, center, of Lititz, PA., helped by U.S soldiers, walks to offer flowers at the Commonwealth War Graves in Yokohama near Tokyo Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. Nine former American POWs were in Japan to revisit some of the places where they were held seven decades ago and recount their memories. The men, all in their 90s, opened the tour Monday with a memorial service for their fellow fallen soldiers at the Commonwealth War Graves. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    Former American prisoner of war Joseph Demott, 97, center, of Lititz, PA., helped by U.S soldiers, walks to offer flowers at the Commonwealth War Graves in Yokohama near Tokyo Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. Nine former American POWs were in Japan to revisit some of the places where they were held seven decades ago and recount their memories. The men, all in their 90s, opened the tour Monday with a memorial service for their fellow fallen soldiers at the Commonwealth War Graves. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former American prisoners of war, from left, William Howard Chittenden, 95, of Wheaton, IL., Carl Dyer, 91, of Oglesby, IL., and Joseph Demott, 97, of Lititz, PA., join others to  pray at the Commonwealth War Graves in Yokohama near Tokyo Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. Nine former American POWs were in Japan to revisit some of the places where they were held seven decades ago and recount their memories. The men, all in their 90s, opened the tour Monday with a memorial service for their fellow fallen soldiers at the Commonwealth War Graves. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    Former American prisoners of war, from left, William Howard Chittenden, 95, of Wheaton, IL., Carl Dyer, 91, of Oglesby, IL., and Joseph Demott, 97, of Lititz, PA., join others to pray at the Commonwealth War Graves in Yokohama near Tokyo Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. Nine former American POWs were in Japan to revisit some of the places where they were held seven decades ago and recount their memories. The men, all in their 90s, opened the tour Monday with a memorial service for their fellow fallen soldiers at the Commonwealth War Graves. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former American prisoner of war George W. Rogers, left, 96, of Lynchburg, VA., assisted by his son, Jeffrey, walks at the Commonwealth War Graves in Yokohama near Tokyo Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. Nine former American POWs were in Japan to revisit some of the places where they were held seven decades ago and recount their memories. The men, all in their 90s, opened the tour Monday with a memorial service for their fellow fallen soldiers at the Commonwealth War Graves. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    Former American prisoner of war George W. Rogers, left, 96, of Lynchburg, VA., assisted by his son, Jeffrey, walks at the Commonwealth War Graves in Yokohama near Tokyo Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. Nine former American POWs were in Japan to revisit some of the places where they were held seven decades ago and recount their memories. The men, all in their 90s, opened the tour Monday with a memorial service for their fellow fallen soldiers at the Commonwealth War Graves. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)  (The Associated Press)

Nine former American prisoners of war are in Japan to revisit some of the places where they were held seven decades ago and recount their memories.

The men, all in their 90s, opened the tour Monday with a memorial service for their fellow fallen soldiers at the Commonwealth War Graves near Tokyo.

As they marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the emphasis was on reconciliation.

George Rogers, of Lynchburg, Virginia, said he had no hard feelings. Now 96, he was taken captive by the Japanese after surviving the infamous Bataan death march in April 1942 and forced to work at a steel plant in southern Japan.

Historians say some 30,000 allied force members were held as prisoners in Japan during World War II.