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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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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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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.
 
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