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Good news in the grand scheme of things, but there’s a very human pain to hearing about somebody *else’s* troubles coming to an end.
Pretty sure that is Lloyd Bridges at the radio…
Quite sad when you think what was still to come in the Pacific theatre. Listening to news bulletins of one part of the war ending while you are still very much embroiled in one.
Soldiers: Looks like we’re going home, lads!
Narrator: They weren’t.
Most likely these guys counted themselves as dead. They expected the Japanese to fight tooth and nail on their homeland, and that was saying something to guys like this who had fought in Okinawa.
That news didn’t do them one damn bit of good. Just look at them.
The one second from left is still watching the big screen, thinking maybe the Pacific theatre was included and just hasn’t been mentioned yet.
Eugene Sledge, in his book [With The Old Breed](https://www.amazon.com/Old-Breed-At-Peleliu-Okinawa/dp/0891419195), mentioned that while they were happy for the troops in Europe, it meant nothing to them.
Oh wow! It’s on YouTube
A very tough read at times.
Edit: Those are soldiers of the 77th Division. My Grandfather was a Doughboy with the 77th in France from 1917-1918. My Uncle was in the Navy at Okinawa on an LST that landed troops from the 77th. He was always proud that he served with his Father’s unit.
The guy, second to the left, is all like “still rains though”
Wow I didn’t know Rudolf Hess landed in Okinawa
Why are they so attractive?
well, i looks as if they’d feel pretty stupid now for not wanting to travel to france.
The war with Germany is over!
Get your gear ready to ship off to Japan!
I can’t imagine what must have been going through the minds of some of these men when their relief was replaced with anxiety all over again. In May, they thought war with Japan was going to be bloody as hell and take forever.
My Dad was at Battle of Okinawa. He was 17 years old, aboard a US Navy ship repairing the landing craft that took troops ashore.
He went ashore himself and witnessed the US troops trying to convince the last Japanese soldiers to surrender and come out of their underground holes and tunnels, promising to treat them humanely. Some Japanese still refused and fired at the US troops, who then had to use flame throwers to clear the tunnels.
A young Japanese soldier who had been taken prisoner gave my father a handpainted silk scarf he’d made because my dad treated him kindly. We still have it.
Call of duty World at War US Commander: “Outstanding marines, out-fucking-standing.. we kicked ass”..
If they were in Okinawa it would be May 9th since the surrender was for May 8th 23:00 Central European time.
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They don’t seem super jazzed about it. Probably because of their dead mates taking that goddamn rock.