Corporal Philip D. Richardson

  August 26, 2020

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MacArthur and Truman

Batangas, Philippines, September 2, 1945:

Longtime Tucson radio broadcasting executive Philip (Phil) Richardson riding a rice farmer’s docile water buffalo while celebrating the greatest birthday present any 18-year old infantry soldier could receive: hearing about the surrender of Japan over Armed Forces radio. This, after a nine month “bad camping trip” across Luzon while in the 6th Army, advancing on Manila under General Douglas MacArthur.

Hiroshima - after
We were being told that we G.I.s were to prepare for an imminent invasion of the Japanese home islands.

I’ve always figured that President Harry Truman’s decision to use nuclear weapons to end that war saved millions of American and Japanese lives.

-Phil Richardson, Storyteller and Observer of the Human condition


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