Skip to comments.U.S. UNITS POISED TO ENTER TOKYO (9/3/45)
Posted on 09/03/2015 4:59:55 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
Just before D-Day, 14 or 15 months ago, I had a 30 day supply of news ready for posting. Since then I have steadily burned that down to where, for the last couple months, I have been racing to stay ahead of the calendar. That is my pitiful excuse for not having some well thought out remarks ready to finish up with. But I will do it, even if I only get half credit for being late. In the meantime, feel free to contribute your own thoughts on what we might learn from the biggest event of the twentieth century.
25,000 Men Ready (Jones) 2-3
Japanese Premier Insists on Order 3
Japanese Reduced to Poverty in War (Adler) 4
Surrender Ceremony Marking Japans First Defeat in Her 2,600-Year-Old History (photos) 4-7
Japanese Give Up Pacific Bastions 5
Yamashita Yields in Philippines; Wainwright Takes the Surrender * 6-7
Canadians Boner Postponed Peace ** (Trumbull) 8
334 U.S. Ships Hit in Okinawa Battle (Lawrence) 8
Claims Old Bases 9
World News Summarized 9
Army Cuts Release Points to 80 for Men, 41 for Wacs 10
Latest War Casualties 11
Aiding of Wounded Called Army Task 11
The Labor GI
Back to School
National Nursing Needs
Topics of the Times
* My plan from the beginning was to end this series with the news reports of the surrender ceremony on the Missouri. I expected that news to appear in the Times on the 3rd, not realizing it took place on Sept. 1, New York Time, with the newspaper coverage appearing on the 2nd. But after I finished gathering the news from that date I took a peek at the following day just to see what I would miss. When I saw the Yamashita story, which revealed he surrendered to the CO of the 128th Infantry Regiment I knew I had to go for one more day, since that was my fathers unit from March 1943 until he was evacuated from Leyte Island in January 1945 HJS. (128th Infantry Regimental coat of arms comes courtesy of CougarGA7.)
**Any student posting off-color, inappropriate remarks in reply to this article title will be sent immediately to the office of the Vice-Principal to be severely disciplined.
September 3rd, 1945 (MONDAY)
UNITED KINGDOM: Sloop HMS Modeste is commissioned.
FRENCH INDOCHINA: In Laos, Franco-Laotian forces enter Vientiane and release interned French civilians.
NORTH-WEST PACIFIC: The Soviets sever all communications between Japan and the Kuriles and Sakhalin.
COMMONWEALTH OF THE PHILIPPINES: Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita, the commander of the Philippines, surrenders to Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright at Camp John Hay, Baguio, Mountain Province, Luzon, Philippine, Islands.
Off Wake Island, the Japanese surrender in a ceremony on board the destroyer escort USS Levy (DE-162).
Off the Bonin islands, Lieutenant General Yoshio Tachibana, the local commander, signs the surrender documents on board the destroyer USS Dunlap (DD-384) off Chichi Jima. General Tachibana is later convicted and executed for a particularly gruesome series of war crimes perpetuated against U.S. airmen who had been captured in the area during 1944-45.
U.S.A.: Top songs on the pop music record charts are
(1) “Till the End of Time” by Perry Como;
(2) “On The Atchison, Topeka And Santa Fe” by Johnny Mercer;
(3) “Gotta Be This Or That (Part 1)” by Benny Goodman and his Orchestra; and
(4) “You Two Timed Me One Time Too Often” by Tex Ritter.
Is it a badger or a wolverine?
So Lt. Gen. Wainwright is in Tokyo Bay on-board the Missouri on the morning of the Sept 2nd, and in the Philippines on Luzon on the 3rd. That's a long way to go in transport aircraft that barely broke 300 mph.
Thank you, again. A masterful job.
When did Korea start? (Just kidding.)
Badger - Originally a Wisconsin national guard unit.
This would make sense. They have been imprinted and cannot adjust. Just like our youth have been imprinted with global warming, fagetry, and other lies.
JAPANESE DELARED UNAWARE OF CRIMES
There have been a substantial number of suicides, but none on a mass scale, he said. The he said quietly:
Most of those who committed hara-kiri were young men 19 or 20 ears old who could not stand defeat. The committed suicide with great innocence.”
I cannot thank you enough for the work you put into this project. Seeing it unfold day by day was most illuminating.
Interesting article on changing the calendar. It goes to show that while in the service, there are long stretches of boredom. I guess while most guys thought of women, this guy thought of calendars.
He would have been thrilled with the invention of the HP graphing calculators.
334 Ships Hit In Okinawa Battle
I understand why this released now. It can’t be release during active war. So as the 1945 reader looks at this article, what are they thinking?
Did I misunderstand?
Is this your last daily posting?
Somewhere I seem to remember seeing you intended to run into, wasn't it November, 1945?
Oh, well... Homer, if so, am so glad I had the opportunity to check in this morning, of all mornings....
My Dad's 33rd ID doesn't land near Wakayama until September 25, was hoping to make a big deal of that.
But in reality, it's all over now, mostly, except the shouting.
Thanks so much for all you've done!
P.S. I know I am very much a latecomer to this gathering, and I am sorry for that. I hope I am on your ping list for any future discussions.
Thank you again, Homer.