- May 28 & 30, 1981
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Biographical / Historical
Otis Cary (1921-2006) was born in Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan in October of 1921 where he lived until moving to the United States for high school in Massachusetts. He enlisted in the Navy after Pearl Harbor and in 1943, as a lieutenant, he was appointed the position of Executive Officer of the interrogation department. Cary later became a history professor through Amherst College as the representative at Doshisha University. Cary was widely respected for his treatment of the over 4,000 prisoners he interrogated. He was known for becoming friends with the prisoners and through gaining their trust he learned valuable information that aided in his role in mending U.S. and Japan relations.