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Dad never talked about his war experiences very much. I always thought it was because he wanted to forget about it all. But Mom said he felt that no one would ever believe all of the things he went through, so why bother.
I was lucky to some extent though ... Dad and I used to watch war movies on TV quite often. Hollywood portrayals of WWII events in the Pacific did not always match reality, so Dad would sometimes explain "what really happened."
Sources from Dad that were used for this presentation include the following:
Other sources used for this presentation include the following:
Many, many hours of search, research, and validation went into this presentation ... yet I still won't claim it's 100% accurate. The Japanese destroyed most of their POW records before surrendering, even though the US Military told them not to do so. Dad once told me he was a scrounge while imprisoned by the Japanese ... scrounging for information might be the best way to describe trying to document his war experiences.
Oh yeah, folks almost always ask the same question when they find out Dad was in the US Navy during World War II ... "What ship was he on?". So, without further adieu ...
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