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Sugamo Prison Tokyo, Japan. Army football team

From the banquet program from 1949, the US Army’s Sugamo Prison Football Team was quite the competitor.

Sugamo Prison Army Football Team Roster
Roster of Squad, 1949 US Army Football Team at Sugamo Prison – Tokyo, Japan
Name Position Number Height Weight Home Town State
Barber, Francis C RH 10 5’8″ 180 Kelso Washington
Young, Harry RH 11 6’0″ 175 Mansfield Ohio
Korgie, Leonard F LH 12 5’9″ 175 Columbus Nebraska
Starnes, Donald L QB 13 5’9″ 155 West Carlton Ohio
Stanton, Raymond B Coach 14 5’9″ 188 Flint Michigan
Frank, Ernes QB 15 5’7″ 175 Enid Oklahoma
Hageny, Kenneth RHB 16 5’8″ 160 Milwaukee Wisconsin
LaFavor, Donald QB 17 5’6″ 160 Saint Paul Minnesota
Carter, Johnny LHB 18 5’9″ 160 Sand Springs Oklahoma
Oliver, William RHB 19 5’8″ 140 Palatka Florida
Costa, Edmund LHB 20 5’10” 160 Honolulu Hawaii
Belback, Arthur FB 21 5’10” 185 Cloverdale Pennsylvania
Bransburg, Richard LHB 22 6’2″ 175 Pottstown Pennsylvania
Rice, Melvin FB 23 5’11” 205 Tulsa Oklahoma
Mannio, Anthony FB 24 6’0″ 201 Staten Island New York
Soto, Lee FB 25 5’10 215 Los Angeles California
Sinda, William C 26 5’11 206 Dong Island New York
Maskevicius, John E 27 6’0″ 165 Baltimore Maryland
Cobb, Clinton Wayne E 28 6’1″ 180 Kilgore Texas
Baxter, Don T 29 6’0″ 194 Wakame Washington
Sherves, Eugene C 30 5’10” 190 Washington D.C.
Farmer, Richard C 31 5’10” 220 Ironton Ohio
Malkiewicz, Robert G 32 5’9″ 180 Milwaukee Wisconsin
Singleton, Eugene E 33 5’9″ 165 Middleton Ohio
Ruddock, Jules B T 34 5’11” 185 New Orleans Louisiana
Huff, Jack G 35 6’0″ 197 Stevens Point Wisconson
Miller, Robert T 36 6’3″ 245 Quincy Illinois
Perry, Robert E 37 6’1″ 172 Clare Michigan
Hopson, Travis E 38 6’1″ 182 Dallas Texas
Stepnick, George T 39 6’0″ 180 New York New York
Compton, Arnold G or T 40 6’0″ 199 Chicago Illinois
Hickey, Joseph E 42 6’1″ 170 Syracuse New York
Lewis, James E 43 5’10” 163 Albany California
Murphy, Robert G 44 5’9″ 205 Minneapolis Minnesota
Puccini, Leslee T 45 6’1″ 250 Fresno California
Phillippa, Teddy T 46 5’9″ 200 Detroit Michigan
Howard, Roberts RH 47 5’10” 140 Charlotte North Carolina
Greiwahn, William G 48 5’10” 170 Adrian Michigan
Coffil, James G 50 5’8″ 175 Beverly Massachusetts
Dearman, Alfred V QB 49 5’11” 150 Elida New Mexico
Team Manager
Sears, Ernest E Washington D.C.
Co-Captains
Ernest, Frank Enid Oklahoma
Eugene Shreves Washington D.C.
Roster of Football Squad
Army #8 Football – Sugamo Prison – Tokyo Japan
Sugamo Football
Program from Sugamo Prison Football November 1949

Just look at those big numbers on the board. Undefeated in the year 1949. Did Yokohama Area Enginers show up to the game?

Found a video from the WWII museum on one of the guys listed on the roster: Dearman, Alfred V QB #49

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H7dDTpZIEA
Football field from the air at Sugamo Prison, Tokyo, Japan