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Admiral Donutz VIP Member

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#1 8 years ago

Today it's 65 years ago that Japan surrendered. On this day my memories go to my grandmother and late grandfather in the first place and what them and their families experienced while being locked away in camps. I think about how awefull mankind can be, and how good people can be. My thoughts go to my family and how much I love them, my thoughts think of love, hate, horror, drama and hope.

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#2 8 years ago

I pretty much exist because of Japan fucking up China. I don't know if I should be grateful or not.




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#3 8 years ago
Admiral Donutz;5377940Today it's 65 years ago that Japan surrendered. On this day my memories go to my grandmother and late grandfather in the first place and what them and their families experienced while being locked away in camps. I think about how awefull mankind can be, and how good people can be. My thoughts go to my family and how much I love them, my thoughts think of love, hate, horror, drama and hope. :(

war is a terrible thing.




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#4 8 years ago

Admiral Donutz;5377940Today it's 65 years ago that Japan surrendered. On this day my memories go to my grandmother and late grandfather in the first place and what them and their families experienced while being locked away in camps. I think about how awefull mankind can be, and how good people can be. My thoughts go to my family and how much I love them, my thoughts think of love, hate, horror, drama and hope.

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I didn't know you had relatives that were in a POW camp. My grandmother's dad was part of a Dutch underground resistance group that existed during the German occupation of Holland. She talked about what life was like before and during the war. She also married my late grandfather, who came in after the Germans left.

She has the whole story on cassette tapes. Unfortunately, I never asked my late grandfather about the war.

Anyway, the Pacific side of the war was as bloody as the European side, but it was a whole different beast as well (fighting an enemy who valued their nation over their own life (Japanese)). This was mainly the tactical reason why we committed the nuclear attacks on Japan. The option of invasion would have been bloodier because of Japan's extreme nationality back then. I don't condone the bombings, but the other option was worse.




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#5 8 years ago
Killer Kyle;5378007I didn't know you had relatives that were in a POW camp.

In a nutshell:

The father of my grandmother (serving onboard a submarine for the Koninklijke Marina aka Royal Navy) ended up in a Japanese POW and forced labour camp north of Tokyo. The rest of the family (mother, brothers and sisters) ended up in a camp like all other Dutch civilians. And my granddad ended up in some other PoW camp. Luckily I know a few stories, both pleasant and unpleasant ones.




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#6 8 years ago
Admiral Donutz;5378575Luckily I know a few stories, both pleasant and unpleasant ones.

My parents don't like to talk about it, so I'm not sure what the deal was with my family. I knew I had a great grandfather in a POW camp, but I'm not sure which one.




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#7 8 years ago

I'm glad to know atleast some of the stories, such as my grandfather being interogated by the Kempeitai (Japanese Imperial Militairy police) about missing radios. These radios were destroyed, and piled together. My grandfather told them to check the ID plates on the radio equipement and to cross check it with the logs/administration about which equipement was in use at the outpost he served on. They did so and confirmed he was telling the truth and no radio's had went "missing" (underground). Though he had apoligize to them, the officer interrogating him told him that "He was a bad foreigner, with the tongue of a snake". The seriousness (danger) of the siutation he was in only dawned on him while he was being escored out the room and past one where they'd take care of decapitations... ouch.

And my grandmother ofcourse has her share of camp stories and the inhuman threatment they received there. Such as being forced to sit on their knees all day long in a temple, without being allowed to move as a form of punishment. Various women didn't report for duty. My grandmother took her mothers place when they were summoned. Later it turned out that the work order (which came from higher authorities outside the camp, demanding this and that gear to me made for the warmachine) had arrived at the desk of some camp officer but that they didn't call in the people who's names were listed. So they got punished for not turning up for something these women didn't knew about at all in the first place.

My late grandfather dealth with it a lot better/easier then she did. He reasoned "they were just following orders". But she still has great difficulty with anything Japanese. She won't go to Japanese restaurants, and she felt a bit uneasy about her husband being a Japanese car but finally agreed on it since he convinced her it was the best choice of car.




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#8 8 years ago

There's a guy at my church that was on the USS Missouri when the Japanese surrendered in person... in fact he showed me a photo of him being in the crowd when the Japanese where signing the papers(Meaning, being within a few feet from them). I also toured the Missouri back in 2002 and stood at that spot.




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#9 8 years ago

What do you personally feel towards Japanese people ?

I'm just curious, 'cuz your avatar ... you know ....




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#10 8 years ago

Lol, it's just an avatar. That's like asking me what I personally feel towards Heavy's. :P




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