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TWO RESCUED P-51 MUSTANG PILOTS “BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE” By Henry Sakaida I was on eBay two weeks ago and came across a seller who offered a home movie showing the 6th and 7th war patrol […]

NAMES FROM JAPANESE BIOLOGICAL WARFARE UNIT 731 REVEALED In April 2018, the National Archives of Japan disclosed the names of 3,607 members Unit 731. Behind the innocuous sounding name, Unit 731 was responsible for some of […]

HUMAN TORPEDO ATTACK! THE JAPANESE NAVY’S KAITEN SUICIDE TORPEDO PROGRAM By Henry Sakaida In the desperate final year of WWII in the Pacific, very few people on both sides knew of the existence of the Japanese […]

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ZERO ACE SADAMU KOMACHI NEEDED CLOSURE

Posted on March 23rd, 2018 by:

ZERO ACE SADAMU KOMACHI NEEDED CLOSURE By Henry Sakaida I received the strangest request over a cup of coffee in a Tokyo café back in 1975 when I was a starving college student. I was visiting […]

THE FIVE-DAY ATTACK ON HASTINGS RIDGE AT NEW GEORGIA By Sgt. Mack Morriss WITH THE U.S. OCCUPATIONAL FORCES ON NEW GEORGIA–Hastings Ridge is just a little place, a sort of quiver in the convulsions of New […]

OKINAWA YANKS REACT CALMLY TO NEWS OF ETO VICTORIES From The May 7, 1945 Edition of Stars and Stripes OKINAWA, May 6 (ANS)—The reported death of Adolf Hitler and the word of surrender of the German […]

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UNKNOWN AMERICAN PILOT NOW IDENTIFIED

Posted on February 7th, 2018 by:

UNKNOWN AMERICAN PILOT NOW IDENTIFIED By Henry Sakaida On 1 August 1945, the war with Japan was in its final days. Riyogi Honda was walking along the beach of Saeki Bay on the east coast of […]

US GOVERNMENT SEEK TO REPATRIATE SICK AND WOUNDED AMERICAN PRISONERS HELD BY JAPANESE From the July 12, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes WASHINGTON, July 11–Proceedings to repatriate sick and wounded Americans being held prisoners by […]

YANKS GAIN ON OKINAWA: IE SHIMA CONQUERED BY 77TH INFANTRY DIVISION From the April 23rd Edition of Stars and Stripes GUAM, April 22 (ANS).—Three U.S. Army divisions, in fighting officially described as the “bitterest kind,” have […]

GUAM SHELLED, BOMBED ANEW – “SOFTENING-UP” OF THE ISLAND FOR POSSIBLE LANDING From the July 12, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes An announcement yesterday by Adm. Chester W. Nimitz that American cruisers had shelled the […]

CHRISTMAS ON THE ROCK – WHAT SOLDIERS WANT FOR CHRISTMAS ON IWO JIMA Mother Nature was in a nasty mood when Jack Frost reported in, “Look, Jack,” she said, “I don’t often complain when you goof […]

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JUNGLE WAR – A SOLDIER’S FIGHT ON NEW GUINEA

Posted on December 6th, 2017 by:

JUNGLE WAR – A SOLDIER’S FIGHT ON NEW GUINEA From YANK Magazine We were flown over the Owen Stanley range to relieve an Australian combat unit, which was keeping open a trail over which natives were […]

THE TRAGIC STORY OF MERLIN PADDOCK AS REMEMBERED BY AN ENEMY PILOT AND HIS WIDOW By Henry Sakaida “I think it was around May 1945 when I met that American,” remembered Takeo Tanimizu, a former Zero […]

AMERICAN SOLDIERS RUN A CHICKEN FARM ON NEW CALEDONIA From YANK Magazine This is one outfit that can’t have enough chicken. The GIs who take care of them see to it that the birds stay on […]

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ALLIES GAIN AT KOHIMA AGAINST JAPANESE RESISTANCE

Posted on November 18th, 2017 by:

ALLIES GAIN AT KOHIMA AGAINST JAPANESE RESISTANCE From the May 13, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes KANDY, Ceylon, May 12–News that Japanese positions to the south of Kohima were being wiped out was given in […]

NEARER HOME – GI FROM HAWAII REQUESTS TO BE STATIONED CLOSER TO HOME Dear YANK: There are a number of boys from Hawaii who are stationed in the States. Now that it is all over why […]

WHATEVER BECAME OF TAKEO TANIMIZU’S ZERO FIGHTER 03-09? By Henry Sakaida “I flew the most famous Zero fighter during the war, but no one knows me!” chuckled former Zero pilot Takeo Tanimizu. Photographs of Tanimizu’s A6M5 […]

A WEEK OF WAR – CHURCHILL, ROOSEVELT, CASABLANCA, GUADALCANAL AND THE EASTERN FRONT Hitler’s little situation just gets worse and worse all the time, fortunately. The two men who had been taking all the plane trips […]

GI WOLVES – ANGER OVER YANK MAGAZINE’S STORIES OF GI’S AND GIRLS IN THE OCCUPATION OF GERMANY AND JAPAN Dear YANK: I am indignant! No woman will want to marry a GI that returns from occupying […]

DISCHARGE CLOTHES – DISCHARGED SOLDIER WANTS TO KEEP ARMY CLOTHES FOR POST WAR LIFE Dear YANK: Everyone is raving about things for the boys who are returning to civilian life, yet the War Department seems to persist […]

THE LAST DAYS AT GUADALCANAL – SKETCHES BY HOWARD BRODIE Here are nine sketches of scenes and men drawn at the front lines by Sgt. Howard Brodie during the Army’s final battle against the groggy Japanese […]


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