“The true test of a soldier’s mettle is to see whether or not they will cling to what they believe in, even in the face of impending death.”
― Matthew S. Williams
Rare photos of a fascinating piece of history. This was overshadowed by the Tokyo Bay surrender ceremony a few weeks later.
Interesting photos of the preparation of Surrender of Japan in August 1945 (Officially signed on the USS Missouri in the Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945) , A delegation of Japanese Representatives flew to an American Base close to Okinawa.
The Japanese planes were requested to be painted in white and have the”Meatballs” replaced by a Green Cross.
I‘ve added over 30 images to my Google Drive account and left the link below. I wasn’t able to add the captions to each individual picture,[ I received these via email] so I copied them on a separate file in order of appearance. There was also a letter from an eyewitness Army Soldier to his parents recounting the event. These are rare photos (and personal descriptions) and should be shared so feel free to download anything you like and pass them along. Click the first file to launch the slide show. Enjoy!
Here are photographs of some of those Green Cross flights and Green Cross aircraft, starting with the most photographed of them all ? the Green Cross Bettys of Iejima
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“May 27, 1945 The 6888th Postal Battalion was an all female, all black unit responsible for sorting every piece of mail sent to US troops in the European theater… Sorting the 90 billion pieces of mail sent to American troops in Europe required the women to keep track of the location of every US solider in Europe, including all 7,500 Robert Smiths. Yet thanks to their round the clock sorting, 65,000 letters went out three times a day to soldiers throughout Europe.”
Source: National Archives
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Notice the survival bracelet the soldier facing us is wearing. I make and sent these to the troops; it’s good to see them wearing them.