BEER BOUNTY FOR JAPANESE – GIs OF THE 32ND DIVISION TRADE FOR PWs ON THE VILLA VERDE TRAIL

From YANK Magazine

THE PHILIPPINES—The subject of Japanese PWs is generally a touchy one with the men of the infantry, who have more reason than anyone else to believe that the only good Jap is a dead one. Still, PWs have their uses, and in order to get some the 32nd Infantry Division on the Villa Verde Trail resorted to a new kind of psychological warfare.

The psychology involved was of a practical nature and wasn’t directed at the Japanese. Any GI who brought in a PW, reasonably alive and capable of talking, was rewarded with a case of beer and a three-day pass.



32nd division insignia

Shoulder insignia of the 32nd Infantry Division. The 32nd was originally composed of National Guardsmen from Michigan and Wisconsin. The insignia represents an arrow piercing through an enemy line.

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Aerial view of the mountainous Villa Verde trail. The place was the mountain holdout for Japanese General Yamashita’s 14th Area Army.

villa verde trail luzon 32nd division

Soldiers of the 32nd Infantry Division fight the Japanese on the Villa Verde trail in Northern Luzon, PI.



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