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VJ Day, Honolulu Hawaii, August 14, 1945
vimeo.com ^ | 05/20/10 | Richard Sullivan

Posted on 05/26/2012 7:46:49 AM PDT by Doogle

How it was 1945, on VJ Day. Kodachrome 16mm film. Honolulu.

(Excerpt) Read more at vimeo.com ...


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: honolulu; howitwas; vjday; worldwar2; wwii
Enjoy
1 posted on 05/26/2012 7:47:10 AM PDT by Doogle
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To: Doogle

http://vimeo.com/5645171


2 posted on 05/26/2012 7:48:08 AM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Chode

ping


3 posted on 05/26/2012 7:48:37 AM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Doogle

Thank you so much for posting. Seeing it in color makes it look so different than most WWII-era videos——much more recent, more “real”, somehow. And it makes me cry, because my dad was still in Europe then, and I wonder what he was doing that day.


4 posted on 05/26/2012 8:02:04 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: CatherineofAragon

My dad had mostly recovered from burns suffered in a crash landing of his C-46 in India and had been informed that his services might be required again in the planned invasion of Japan in late 1945. He was a Hump Pilot in the CBI Campaign.

I can only imagine the relief he and others felt when the VJ news was made public.


5 posted on 05/26/2012 8:14:11 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

God bless your dad....those injuries must have been awful.

The Japan invasion would definitely have happened. My dad was in the Battle of the Bulge, and after a rest, he would have gone, as well. Neither of us would probably be here if they hadn’t bombed Hiroshima & Nagasaki.


6 posted on 05/26/2012 8:21:20 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: Doogle
lucky them, my Dad was on board ship in the Pacific... but they were doing their job in Hawaii too and it's a good video
7 posted on 05/26/2012 8:27:48 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Doogle; SkyDancer

Great!
Janey... You’ll love this!


8 posted on 05/26/2012 8:38:02 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Northern Yankee

Hi - saw it several months ago. But yeah, it’s great. My eyeball peepers are full of sand about now so gonna hit the bed. Take care ... Janey


9 posted on 05/26/2012 8:42:17 AM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: Doogle

Good stuff. Thanks.


10 posted on 05/26/2012 8:50:06 AM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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To: Doogle

Pretty cool footage. Of course, most of the time I was watching I couldn’t help but think “Yeah, nowadays, they’d be ticketed, they’d be arrested, ticketed, ticketed, arrested...”


11 posted on 05/26/2012 8:58:59 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: CatherineofAragon
"My dad was in the Battle of the Bulge, and after a rest, he would have gone, as well. "

Yep that's the way it was. I had been part of that too. We were in occupation in Austria awaiting orders. No one had been released from the Army. But now the war was over we could go home. It was August I was 19. I couldn't vote. Nine months to go for my turn to go home. Then Life begins. Thank you Pres Truman.

12 posted on 05/26/2012 9:07:17 AM PDT by ex-snook ("above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: Doogle
My Dad was a family doctor serving a rural area and was thus not drafted during the war, but he told some very poignant stories of the war on the home front. He talked about being called to the local railroad depot where the depot agent had just received the telegram from the War Department that his own son was killed in action.
13 posted on 05/26/2012 9:29:05 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: Doogle

I had some ‘short snorters’ which my uncle sent me shortly after the war. He was a navigator on a B29 flying bombing missions over Japan. Upon his death many years ago, I gave them to his eldest son, my younger cousin.

As I recall, it was Chinese paper money taped together in a string, signed and dated by his fellow crew members after each mission. I wonder if this tradition is still carried on in today’s USAF?


14 posted on 05/26/2012 9:29:19 AM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: ex-snook

Thank you so much for your service.

It was 1946 before my dad made it home.


15 posted on 05/26/2012 9:35:17 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: ex-snook
My father would have gone in as well, just behind the combat troops. He was the lead heavy equipment operator / regimental machine shop supervisor in the Army Engineer regiment with the most time in the Pacific Theater. MacArthur had asked for the regiment to back him up.

They built the airfields just behind the front lines across the pacific. Saipan, Okinawa and others I no longer remember. They were close enough to the fighting on Okinawa that my father said they would occasionally get a stray artillery shell landing on the field.

16 posted on 05/26/2012 9:41:21 AM PDT by jimtorr
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To: Future Snake Eater
Great footage from Honolulu, where it all begin. One woman even framed Pearl Harbor in the background with her hands, smiling, as if to say, "You started it here, but we evened the score, enemies, and now we stomp on your fallen Rising Sun battle flag." The color images are really in extreme start contrast to our vanquished enemy across the Pacific. At about that same time, later in the day (five hours difference) they were literally starving to death in Tokyo, people were bowing down before the Imperial Palace and sobbing and weeping bitterly.

Some truly could not bear it and went on to shoot or stab themselves to death after the Emperor came on the air at noon, 15 August 1945. Others believed the fascist Imperial Jap Tojo-clique propaganda that said once the hairy, drunk, stinky huge Americans arrived in Japan in droves they would a) rape all the small, local women (with their large prowesses--no kidding, they said this), and b) eat the Japanese kids. So many of them also went into hiding, smeared human excrement on their bodies (the pretty looking Japanese women who also cut their hair short and put on men's clothing), and others who sadly and uncessarily committed suicide for fear of being violated by the landing conquerors. Tokyo was one huge flat, bombed out parking lot. A real contrast to ebullient downtown Honolulu with pretty girls in cut offs and happy, shirtless, suntanned guys. Total victory and jublilation on one side, and total loss of a face and dejection on the other. This is the kind of absolute victory that Obama once said made him "uncomfortable about America." Traitor.


17 posted on 05/26/2012 9:43:21 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (A great victory for Free People. The day Salvador Allende was toppled. Study history. Learn lessons.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I was in Sagamihara and Yokohama, 1951-1961 and recall large areas of blackened, bombed out areas near Camp Zama.
There was a family living in a large cave not too far from our home. Japan didn’t really recover from the war until the 1960s.


18 posted on 05/26/2012 10:02:05 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Future Snake Eater

bingo


19 posted on 05/26/2012 10:37:21 AM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: shove_it

http://www.101airborneww2.com/souvenirs.html


20 posted on 05/26/2012 10:39:53 AM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Doogle
Thanks, great video.

My father was in a hospital in California recovering from wounds suffered while fighting on Okinawa in the US Marines, but he would have recovered in time to have taken part in the invasion, if it had come to that. He had no doubt that using the atomic bomb was the right thing to do.

21 posted on 05/26/2012 10:41:20 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Doogle

Did Kodachromes at that time record sound?

I was wondering if the sounds of the people cheering and the airplanes flying overhead were edited-in.


22 posted on 05/26/2012 10:52:05 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: PGR88

*schruggs*


23 posted on 05/26/2012 11:09:49 AM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Doogle

bump


24 posted on 05/26/2012 11:16:34 AM PDT by what's up
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To: CatherineofAragon

I was about 10th in a long line of replacement infantry troops on Leyte the day a young Lt.(I was a couple of months away from being 19) came out of the equipment supply quanset hut and told us to go back to our tents as the shooting was over. As I recall the scuttlebutt was that our tent was being outfitted to go to Mindoro Island. Years later I was informed for certain that Mindoro was a staging place for the 96th Div. in preparation for the invasion of Japan. The 96th Div. had returned to the Philippines after combat on Okinawa. My only sibling brother had been killed on Okinawa serving with the 96th Div. The 96th Div. was cancelled from occupying duty in Japan and instead was chosen for service release. I spent several months on Leyte in an ordinance company. Ond from our camp on a knoll inthe middle of a rice paddy we could see several hundred yards across the paddy at least one Jap straggler in the mountains. Four of us got permission to go and get the Jap to give up. We never found the Jap but I did come back to camp with a big bunch of monkey bananas. There is much more to this story as well as at a later time when assigned to the Army Air Force in the Marianas to get my service time in. It was interesting and memorable to see the human remnants of the war there especially the burned out caves apparently by flame throwers.


25 posted on 05/26/2012 12:42:49 PM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: noinfringers2

I’m sorry about the loss of your brother.

Thank you for sharing that. You were one of the many who got a reprieve on life when the bombs were dropped on Japan.
My parents were older when they had me-—I’m in my 40s-—but I never get tired of hearing WWII stories from your generation. My parents are gone now, but I still feel the connection. God bless.


26 posted on 05/26/2012 2:00:08 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: Doogle
vjday
27 posted on 05/26/2012 11:41:35 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Doogle
Thanks for the link ...

...that's what my short snorter looked like.

It's interesting to learn that the 'Screaming Eagles' have adopted this 'Zoomie' tradition.

28 posted on 05/27/2012 5:30:31 AM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: shove_it
Where was your uncle stationed?

My dad flew B-29's out of Guam, bombing oil refineries. He was on Northwest Field, Guam. Part of the 315th Heavy bombardment Group.

29 posted on 05/27/2012 6:05:20 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Northern Yankee
My uncle enlisted in the Army Air Corps 1942 and completed Navigation School at Hondo, TX. He served in India with the 58th Bomb Wing attached to the 44th Bombardment Group. He was discharged from the USAF in 1945 as a Captain. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Asia Pacific Service Medal and the Distinguished Unit Badge.

Did your dad pass on any short snorters to you? My cousin passed on his dad's short snorters with pride to his three sons, all of whom served in the US Military.

30 posted on 05/27/2012 9:19:49 AM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: shove_it
Ooops...make that the 444th Bombardment Group ...
31 posted on 05/27/2012 9:40:42 AM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: shove_it; SkyDancer
My dad didn't pass those ahort snorters to us.

He did give us different things from his time in the Air Corps. Funny story... My dad had given my oldest brother, Art, his service .45. The firing pin had broken, but my brother was able to get a replacement. We took the .45 with some of dad's old ammunition to try out the weapon. Art put the ammunition into the clip and he took shots at rats at the local dump. The ammunition turned out to be tracer bullets. We don't know who was more surprised, us or the rats.

I still have dad's uniforms, both tropical and the green wool. Even an Eisenhower jacket.

32 posted on 05/27/2012 10:26:39 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: shove_it

Whoops... that’s short snorters.


33 posted on 05/27/2012 10:27:43 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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