December 7, 2012 |
A few days earlier, they were the hated enemy. Charles Breingan might have strafed the Japanese soldiers with the .50-caliber machine guns embedded in the wings of his P-51 Mustang fighter plane. He might have dropped 500-pound bombs on them. But at the end of World War II, after flying 15 combat missions with the famed Flying Tigers in China and news of the atomic bomb's use, Breingan was ordered to simply observe the Japanese withdrawal near Guangzhou, then known as Canton.
January 20, 2012 |
THE LORD works in mysterious ways in "Flowers of War," the story of a scoundrel who shields Chinese hookers and orphans from invading Japanese in 1937 Nanking. The movie is a massive clash of content and tone, a strange hybrid of "City of Life and Death" and "Father Goose" that nevertheless, in the hands of Zhang Yimou, musters a few striking moments. "Flowers" stars Christian Bale as Miller, a wayward, expat Yank who's on a bender in Nanking when the Japanese invade. He stumbles into a convent where girls and prostitutes take refuge from marauding soldiers, and, in a stupor, impersonates a cleric in order to keep Japanese soldiers at bay. Miller is looking for money, booze, and maybe some private time with gorgeous pro Yu Mo (Ni Ni)
December 5, 2011 |
He was six years old then and doesn't remember that Dec. 7 in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Marvin Baughman later saw newsreels with unflattering caricatures of the enemy. And he witnessed a B-25 bomber crash at a cemetery near the family farm in West Chester in 1944. Baughman never imagined that a decade after World War II, he'd be stationed at a former kamikaze base, renamed Johnson Air Base, in Japan, and that he'd get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Japanese side of the "date which will live in infamy.
May 24, 2011 |
Paul Ginsburg, 91, of Wyncote, a real estate agent and developer who fought Japanese soldiers in hand-to-hand combat in the Aleutian Islands during World War II, died of complications from an infection Saturday, May 21, at Abington Memorial Hospital. Mr. Ginsburg grew up raising racing pigeons in Logan. He graduated from Central High School, where he was on the wrestling and soccer teams. He attended Temple University while working in his father Abraham's furniture store and residential real estate business in North Philadelphia.
June 7, 2010
By Leonard Boasberg 'The American people don't want the American military to be used to advance a liberal political agenda, and House Republicans will stand on that principle," Rep. Mike Pence (R., Ind.) said before the House passed a bill repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military. Only five Republicans voted for the bill, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy of Bucks County. The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved similar legislation, with only one Republican, Susan Collins of Maine, voting yea. So what is this "liberal political agenda"?
February 17, 2010
AFTER THE Spanish-American War, U.S. soldiers were court-martialed for waterboarding Filipino guerrillas. After World War II, the Tokyo War Crimes Trial was held to prosecute Japanese soldiers for using waterboarding on American and Allied soldiers. In 1983, in Texas, a sheriff and three deputies were prosecuted by the Department of Justice for waterboarding prisoners. The deputies received four years in prison, the sheriff 10 years. On Feb. 14, ex-Vice President Dick Cheney advocated the waterboarding of two suspects.
May 20, 2009 |
I was a Japanese-language military intelligence officer in World War II, trained to interrogate Japanese prisoners of war and translate captured documents. It never would have occurred to me to humiliate, let alone torture, captured Japanese soldiers. Nor did it occur to our military and political leaders to authorize "enhanced interrogation methods," to use the Bush administration's euphemism. In World War II, Japanese soldiers fought not only tenaciously, but fanatically, as we learned in Guadalcanal, Tarawa, the Philippines, Okinawa, Iwo Jima, and elsewhere.
December 29, 2007 |
Martin L. Zapf, 82, of Yardley, a retired Burroughs Corp. executive and a World War II veteran whose B-29 crew members were the last U.S. airmen to be captured by the Japanese, died of cancer Dec. 21 at Chandler Hall Hospice in Newtown. After graduating from Princeton High School in 1943, Mr. Zapf joined the Army Air Corps. He trained as a radioman on B-29s and was assigned to an air base in the South Pacific. On Aug. 8, 1945, his plane was hit while flying its 17th mission over Japan.
November 9, 2006 |
Ryan Howard sat on the floor, his legs folded uncomfortably, staring at a box of raw seafood. His teammate Chase Utley had no qualms downing the sea urchin in front of them, but the Phillies first baseman wasn't quite as eager. "He made all kind of faces," coach Ramon Henderson said. "It took him quite a bit to swallow it. That was funny watching him do that. " Said Howard: "I did try it, though. You have to give me that much. " Howard, who turns 27 in less than two weeks, truly went global this week.
June 18, 2006 |
C?sar Chelala is an international public health consultant Japan's continuing refusal to reach an agreement with the former "comfort women" - women from conquered countries who were forced into sexual slavery to serve Japanese troops - has been sharply criticized by Amnesty International, which has called on the Japanese government to accept full responsibility. Of the estimated 80,000 to 200,000 comfort women, 80 to 90 percent were from Korea. Girls as young as 11 were forced to serve between five and 40 soldiers a day, and almost 100 soldiers daily on weekends.