|Cpl. Richardson on
|AN ONLINE PUBLICATION
OF THE ANONYMOUS ANYTHING SOCIETY August 28, 2019
MY BIRTHDAY GIFT
January 9, 1945. By the time the troop transport Sea Swallow arrived in
the Lingayen Gulf, on the northeast coast of Luzon, Philippine Islands
with 6,000 men— a small portion of the American 6th Army—the Emperor of
Japan, whose subjects revered as a god, concluded that maybe attacking
Pearl Harbor back in 1941, wasn’t such a good idea after
I will always feel grateful that President Truman probably saved my
life, for I believe I was destined to be among those young men who were
to land on one of the home islands of Japan.
August of 1945, General Douglas MacArthur had more than 100,000
personnel under his command and once again was
control of the thousands
of islands spread across the Pacific Ocean.
On September 2, 1945, I received the best birthday present that any
18-year-old could possibly imagine. When the nuclear bombs were dropped
on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Emperor Hirohito told General Yamashita,
head of the Japanese forces in the Philippines to surrender. The island
of Leyte had already come back under U.S. control after MacArthur and
Philippines President Quiriño had waded ashore in the surf, a landing
craft’s door open behind them.
Phil Richardson, Editor
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to Jim Bromley, who programs our Archive of Prior Commentaries
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