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75th Anniversary of V-J Day

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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 9:39 AM
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Although this is a sports board, 75 years ago today the Japanese signed the peace treaty on board the USS Missouri which ended WW2. I just wanted to thank all the soldiers, sailors and airmen living and dead (including my father) who fought in the Pacific Theater! Thank you for your sacrifice!

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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 10:07 AM
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Think of this way;If the other side had won we'd be having Sumo wrestling!


On that day,

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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 10:25 AM
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my father was aboard an LST with his tank company. Having just left Angaur and Peleliu, they were en route to Japan as part of the assault force. They had been advised that the first wave casualties were anticipated to be 90%. He later told me that they were incredibly thankful that we dropped those 2 bombs on Japan.

The Greatest Generation, indeed!


Re: On that day, My mom worked at Oak Ridge

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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 10:29 AM
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she was in the office not directly involved in production but still is around and proud of working there. Dad was in Europe

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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 10:36 AM
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Amen...

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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 11:10 AM
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There are still those who come to Oak Ridge and demonstrate on the anniversary of dropping the first bomb and claim that the Japanese were about to surrender and dropping the bomb was unnecessary and racist and we were evil in doing that.

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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 11:40 AM
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My Dad was a radioman on LST 1065 heading for Japan for that first wave. I remember him saying they were carrying tanks and ammunition. Wonder if your Dad was on my Dad’s ship? As bad as Hiroshima and Nagasaki were, I’m glad for what our losses would have been.


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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 11:48 AM
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Quite possibly he was. He had already survived shrapnel in his back from a badly aimed sniper round that exploded on the turret hatch... patched up from that, then time in hospital for jungle rot treatment and back in the fight. His tanks were assigned to 81st Infantry that saved Chesty Puller's #### at Peleliu. His group was destined for first wave operations, so if they weren't on your dad's boat, they certainly were in the flotilla.


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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 11:57 AM
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My Dad’s picture of VJ Day from Tokyo Bay that night with tracer rounds going off in celebration.


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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 11:58 AM
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Sorry this picture was in the Philippines.


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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 10:27 AM
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I am grateful to the men and women who sacrificed so very much, for our freedom today. Many of these brave heroes gave their lives at 18,19 or 20 years old but did not back down from the challenge they faced. Thank you to the greatest generation ever.


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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 10:33 AM
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true. And many had health and mental issues for years afterward even if not directly wounded in hostilities. I know my dad always had lingering sinus and respiratory issues after flying his missions

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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 11:07 AM
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I wish people today were willing to sacrifice for what good for the country. But today everybody is an entitled #######. Wear a mask and protect other people.


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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 10:31 AM
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I have an original document of the Instruments of Surrender for Wake Island dated September 4, 1945, so although Japan surrendered on August 15th there must have been areas of conflict where the surrender was later. It's also funny that Wikipedia says that the surrender took place "in a brief ceremony aboard the destroyer escort Levy." Accompanying the document, I have a personal letter from General Samuelson (the Marine General who negotiated the surrender) who said that the ceremony took place on the island and took about 5 hours for all the "dickering" to take place.

It is also ironic that the letter states that Colonel Baylor was the first Marine on the island for the surrender because Col. Baylor was the last Marine off the island when the Japanese took it (1942, I think). I suspect that the Marines made sure that he was first one back on and not merely a coincidence!


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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 10:35 AM
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there were some Japanees soldiers on remote islands that fought till the 70's. There was a book about the last one who fought till 1974 that I read a book about

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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 10:46 AM
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Yes ..... I was in the Naval Hospital in Guam in 1970 when one surrendered!


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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 10:35 AM
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Amen...

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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 10:54 AM
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My oldest brother, class of 1942, shipped out to the South Pacific in November of ‘42 and spent the entire war there . He was on Okinawa training for the invasion of Japan at the end of the war. He was wounded three times. The last during the battle of Okinawa when a mortar shell landed in his company command post and killed two officers and wounded five others. Had shrapnel in his body for the rest of his life.

Just after 9/11 he was flying up from Gainesville, Fla. for a family reunion. He set off the walk through security check. They ran him through a couple of times before he remembered the shrapnel. Everyone had a little laugh about it taking him some time to remember a major event like that.


Joe21 was about 22 & in that war & later Korean!

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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 10:59 AM
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Salute SiR!

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To All CLEMSON TiGERS..Sending you Bright Light from the Carolina Coast and hoping you get to witness a huge Orange sunset tonight. Go Tigers!


Grandfather Was an LCVP (Higgins Boat) Operator

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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 11:05 AM
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He till the day of his death at 91 he referred to an person of Asian descent as a "dirty jap" Later reading his censored letters back to his wife from WWII I understood the sheer terror he lived through the island hopping campaign. He lost his brother in the Pacific in late 43 and was deeply saddened and his hatred for especially the Kamikazes was palpable. I still have his Singer Sewing Machine Company Colt .45 and a Japanese Arisaka 6.5mm carbine with the Emperor's Chrysanthemum armory mark.

In his papers is his High School Diploma awarded with a classification of "War Service". Essentially, they graduated him as a 17 year old junior to join the war effort. He graduated basic at Great Lakes Naval base and married my grandmother, 9 months later my Dad's older brother was born and he was thousands of miles away as she worked in an AC Sparkplug (General Motors) plant that was converted to make Rockets for fighter bombers.

I just don't know if our Nation's stock still has enough that will sacrifice like they did.

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Tanks to RedKnight for a totally appropriate Post

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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 11:10 AM
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there's no Football without first Freedom.

Thanks to all for the great posts and personal experiences. That's the best thing about this board.

And mostly most humble thanks to all who sacrificed. A debt that can never be repaid or appropriately honored.


My Dad was with 2nd Marine Air Wing on Okinawa on that day

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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 1:14 PM
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Pretty sure that was darn good news to his ears.


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Posted: Aug 15, 2020 2:13 PM
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Your dad was one of many heroes in the Pacific campaign!

I am sitting here looking at the flight log book of the Commanding General of the Aircraft Fleet Marine Corps Pacific to see where he might have been on on VJ day. On Aug. 10, he flew fromBougainville to Tarawa .... on Aug. 11 he flew from Tarawa to Johnston Atoll and then from Johnston to EWA (Hawaii). He did not fly from Aug. 11 until Sept. 5th. I am merely guessing that there was a lot to do other than flying to the different bases after the surrender.

It is also interesting that during the month of August his flight log lists him as a "passenger" rather than "pilot", while all of the months before he was the pilot. Maybe no significance, but guess he was busy making preparations for the invasion.


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