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#1 James Cox

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 06:19 PM

My dad was hit near Baguio on the Phillipines. He was shot in the legs twice and was hit by a grenade which caused him to have his foot amputated. A jap came out to finish him off but he was killed before he got to him.

In any case my dad took his wallet and flag and he left them to me.

I have attached a photo of the Jap that got dad, some money from the wallet and a card that, I think, was in it.

Does anyone read Japanese. What does the card say?

How cool is it to have something like this? I'm glad dad was a pack rat and never through anything away. I have tons of stuff from his time in the military.

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 04:21 PM

That is some story! That guy had it comin served him right (the jap, not your dad). Did your dad's buddys shoot the guy or did something else happen? Are there any more details of this story available?

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 04:24 PM

By this time, it would be nice to return those items to any family the Japanese soldier had. The Japanese Embassy can probably help.
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Posted 17 August 2009 - 04:35 PM

Those are great things to have and I am glad your father survived to bring them home with him. What else do you have that you could post?

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 05:33 PM

James thank you for sharing your Fathers story... I'm glad your Father survived, and it's interesting to see the pictures of the enemy and the possesions obtained. Great story!

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#6 James Cox

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 06:02 PM

Norris "Red" Sears shot the Jap. He was Dad's best friend and they stayed close until Red died. I have tons of stuff. Here is a photo of the wallet and a page from the book dad took off him. Looks like a battle map? Also a page with names and nick names of 129th Infantry Company G 3rd Platoon 2nd squad. And award of the Bronze Star.

I have photos of all of the Company G Squads and some of their photos on Bougainville in my photo album on this site.

I also have a website with most of the stuff i have. Please visit at

129thinfantrypage.com

I will scan a few more things to add later

Jim

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 06:42 PM

I just glanced at your website. What a great tribute to your dad!



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#8 James Cox

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 09:16 PM

Thanks
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Posted 17 August 2009 - 09:20 PM

Great pictures. Fine website. Well done.

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 09:31 PM

That is an incredible story James. However, nowadays the word "Jap" is typically considered a derogatory ethnic slur. It seems to me that a little more respect is due to this Japanese soldier, you have no idea what his background is, he was most likely just a soldier fighting for his country just like your dad. And as Gromit said, it might be nice to try and return those items to his family.
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#11 James Cox

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 09:41 PM

My dad did not consider them human. The brutality they used was not because they were doing there duty, but because they liked it. I use the word in regards to the Japs he fought in WW2 not the Japanese living today. And yes it is derogatory and meant to be. I will keep this stuff to remind me of my dad walking on one leg the rest of his life. I am sorry if this offends anyone, but I won't change unless the site requires it

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#12 JagdtigerI

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 09:45 PM

This is not the place for such an argument, you are entitled to your own opinion I suppose.
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#13 James Cox

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 11:23 PM

Please don't mistake strong words for arguing. This is a place for exchange of opinions and this is mine. I in turn honor your opinion. Consider this:

The soldiers they faced were the same unit that was responsible for the Nanking Massacre, also known as the Rape of Nanking. In a six-week period following the Japanese capture of Nanking, up to 80,000 women were raped and hundreds of thousands of civilians were murdered.

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 12:19 AM

My dad did not consider them human. The brutality they used was not because they were doing there duty, but because they liked it. I use the word in regards to the Japs he fought in WW2 not the Japanese living today. And yes it is derogatory and meant to be. I will keep this stuff to remind me of my dad walking on one leg the rest of his life. I am sorry if this offends anyone, but I won't change unless the site requires it

Jim


The decent thing to do is to contact the Japanese Embassy in
Washington and offer to provide scans of the photo and the
other items from the Japanese soldier.

By the way, my dad hated the Japs because they killed his youngest
brother in Luzon in January 1945. But after 64 years, it is time
to let go of the hate.


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Posted 18 August 2009 - 12:47 AM

James,

What your father found in the wallet is a business card. I do not know if the name on the business card was the name of the establishment (less likely) or the name of the Japanese soldier (more likely). On the left hand side of the post card was the business address and telephone number of the soldier when he was a civilian, as well as the address of his residence, somewhere in Palau Island. He worked in a mail shipping company.
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Posted 18 August 2009 - 12:55 AM

Well done Triple... interesting thread. I've enjoyed reading the posts, and learning both sides of this amazing story :) especially enlight of your findings. Well done!

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 01:23 AM

Jim,

As a general rule, we discourage the use of the word Jap, except in special circumstances, such as when used by a veteran himself, in period documents, quotes and the like. I chose to allow you to continue using the word, due to the special circumstances, as I felt you were representing your father, his views and what he would say. He served this country in a difficult way, it is the least we could do.

How about a compromise? When speaking representing your father, please continue use wording as he would use. When speaking on your behalf, use Japanese? Does that sound agreeable to you?

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#18 James Cox

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 12:55 PM

I will stay within your guidelines which I actually agree with.

Now that I know there is a chance to identify the "soldier" I am going to change my mind. I have contacted the Japanese Embassy and this morning I sent scans of all the stuff to them. They will let me know if they can identify him and, if so, I will send it to them. Maybe there's someone, like me, looking for info on their father. Hell, I might take it to them myself.

Anyway here's something cool. When the war was over, and automobile manufactures started making cars again, the first cars that came off the line were given to amputee Veterans. My dad got one of the first ones. Here's the sales reciept and a photo.

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 01:13 PM

My wife can read Japanese; I'll get her to look at the card tonight when I get home. Great job on your website too!
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Posted 18 August 2009 - 01:49 PM

Thanks for the snapshot of history. Great Stuff !!!

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 02:45 PM


Now that I know there is a chance to identify the "soldier" I am going to change my mind. I have contacted the Japanese Embassy and this morning I sent scans of all the stuff to them. They will let me know if they can identify him and, if so, I will send it to them. Maybe there's someone, like me, looking for info on their father. Hell, I might take it to them myself.

I think this is a great idea. Please let us know how you make out. If you are successful, this has the makings of a tremendous story. There are a few threads of news articles similar to this on the forum. Good luck in your quest.

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 02:50 PM

James,

I follow teach on this one (Lrusso)... and my sentiments as well :) Good show

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 03:32 PM

I too think that would be an excellent idea, attempting to find the man's family and return the items. They may be in the dark as to the fate of the man.
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Posted 18 August 2009 - 04:07 PM

Another photo of the "soldier" and a page from his diary i think
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Posted 18 August 2009 - 04:09 PM

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