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A group of approximately 40 dead Japanese soldiers on a mountain ridge on Attu Island on May 29, 1943. Several groups of Japanese soldiers were encountered in this manner by U.S. troops, who reported that the Japanese realized they were trapped and decided to either attack in suicidal Banzai charges, or (as in this photo) to commit hara-kiri as a group, killing themselves with their own hand grenades.

 

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A heavily damaged midget submarine base constructed by occupying Japanese forces on Kiska Island, photo taken sometime in 1943, after Allied forces retook the island.

 

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On Kiska Island, after Allied troops had landed, this grave marker was discovered in a small graveyard amid the bombed-out ruins in August of 1943. The marker was made and placed by members of the occupying Japanese Army, after they had buried an American pilot who had crashed on the island. The marker reads: "Sleeping here, a brave air-hero who lost youth and happiness for his Mother land. July 25 - Nippon Army"

 
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Classic photo of a few GI's and their trusty jeep after knocking out a few Jap tanks, yeah!
 

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Japanese women look for possible flaws in the empty shells in a factory in Japan, on September 30, 1941.

 

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Warrant Officer Kenji Yanagiya March 1919 – February 29, 2008) was a member of the Imperial Japanese Navy's Zero fighter aces who fought the Battle of Solomon Islands in October 1942 – June 1943. He is best known as the only escort fighter pilot of the Yamamoto mission to survive the war.
 

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Saburo Sakai (1916/2000) the japanese fighter who said he shot down 64 Allied planes, including one of each type the United States flew, but who later befriended the Americans he once fought.
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Flying the legendary Zero fighter plane,he was wounded four times. Of the 150 pilots who began in his unit, only 3 survived the war.
In post war Mr. Sakai had visited USA a dozen times, sometimes meeting convivially with American pilots he had confronted in dogfights.
On sept. 22, 2000, died in Japan when was dining with american military officers at the Atsugi Naval Air Station west of Tokyo and suffered a heart attack as he leaned across the table to shake hands with an american; he died later in a hospital.