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    Today is VJ day

    Aug 14 1945 Japan surrenders

    Massive flyover after the treaty signing to show US Might.
    This photo does not show it. But over three hundred B 29s flew over as well..
    Stunning the Allies on the Mighty Mo as much as the Japanese

    So you don't forget
    Note gaunt the American POW liberated from Japanese hands.
    The Nazis had no monopoly on poor treatment of prisoners
    Last edited by Norton; 08-15-2009 at 11:10 AM.
    We thought about it for a long time, "Endeavor to persevere." And when we had thought about it long enough, we declared war on the Union

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Aug 14 1945 Japan surrenders

    Massive flyover after the treaty signing to show US Might.
    This photo does not show it. But over three hundred B 29s flew over as well..
    Stunning the Allies on the Mighty Mo as much as the Japanese

    So you don't forget
    Note gaunt the American POW liberated from Japanese hands.
    The Nazis had no monopoly on poor treatment of prisoners
    People think (and they are welcome to do so) that I'm a little bit nutty,
    (not unlikely) that I've named my cats "Douglas MacArthur" and "George Patton", but it's not for lack of gratitude or logic towards those we owe it so much to.

    Think what you will.

    RandyCOG3

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    Hell, the Japs were the Masters and the Germans the students...
    You had somewhere like a 10 times better chance of surviing a
    German POW camp then a Japanese...
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    My father very rarely spoke of his time in the Pacific, but when he told about the surrender of the Japanese, he was on the island of Okinawa and said that they piled corrugated metal over the top of foxholes and bunkers to try and shield themselves from the rainstorm of falling bullets being fired in the air in celebration, and that several aircraft on the flight lines suffered a few holes because of it. As he put it...."It was a helluva celebration."

    Thanks to all those who made that day come to fruition.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by turmanator View Post
    Hell, the Japs were the Masters and the Germans the students...
    You had somewhere like a 10 times better chance of surviing a
    German POW camp then a Japanese...
    Yes..It was the reverse.. In a German POW camp an Allied prisoner was by most accounts treated by the book . With notable exceptions of individual cruelty.

    In Japanese camp or custody you were treated brutaly with indivdual acts of humanity and kindness thrown in..
    I have read many acounts of allied prisoners in the hands of the Japs. They said you never knew what to expect from on hour to next.
    Beaten with clubs one minute, an hour latter given a bottle of warm beer by the same guard who beat you..
    So Sorry Joe..

    I read of hell ships where the crews entertained themselves by beheading allied prisoners held in the airless holds without food, water or medical care. All with the captains laughing approval.

    On other ships as soon as the ship was at sea the captain brought the prisoners out of the hold. Gave them food, water and medical attention.
    Enlisted men were given tea, beer, pickled eggs and hard candy. All this so they could recover from their ordeal on the Baatan death march
    The Japanese allowed american officers to sleep on deck and senior American naval officers to ride on the bridge with the captain until the ship was nearly in a Japanese port. Then put back in the hold for apperance sake.

    You never knew
    Last edited by Norton; 08-23-2009 at 08:15 AM.
    We thought about it for a long time, "Endeavor to persevere." And when we had thought about it long enough, we declared war on the Union

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    My understanding is that Japanese POW camps were afr worse than anything the Nazi ran.
    Japanese camps routinely denied any medical aid to prisoners, forced the sick to perform slave labor with everyone else and executed POWs for alltypes of offenses.
    The survival rate for Allied POWs in German Camps was well ove r80%.
    The rate in Japanese was barely over 50%.

    In Rhode Island VJ-Day was a legal holiday.
    I once had the opportunity to tell and rather obnoxious and rude customer of Japanese decent that his late model Chevy truck would not ready because of the holiday.
    He inquired as to what holiday and I had to explain.
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    Wow..I missed this!

    Happy VJ day, about 10 days too late.

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