VJ Day August 14th 1945

The spontaneous V-J –Victory over Japan– Day celebration on August 14th 1945 in Waikiki, Hawaii.

VJ Day, Honolulu Hawaii, August 14, 1945 from Richard Sullivan on Vimeo.

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guadalcanal 1942 japanese soldier skull on a tank
guadalcanal 1942 japanese soldier skull on a tank
"We came to a big opening on the beach...and there was a tank with a skull on it, right near the turret. The sergeant leading the patrol looks at it and says, ‘Guys, that skull has been put there for a reason, and the Japanese have probably got mortar shells aimed right at this spot.’ A disgusting scene like that will always draw people in, and the idea, of course, was that any American troops who came along would obviously want to stop and take a look. ‘Everybody stay away from there,’ the sergeant says, then he turns to me. ‘You,’ he says, ‘go take your picture if you have to, then get out, quick.’ So I went over, got my pictures and ran like hell back to where the patrol had stopped.”
Via LIFE magazine: Guadalcanal, 1942: Rare, Classic Photos from World War II

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2 thoughts on “VJ Day August 14th 1945”

  1. D-Day: [to Bluto] Let it go. War’s over, man. Wormer dropped the big one.
    Bluto: What? Over? Did you say “over”? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!
    Otter: [to Boon] Germans?
    Boon: Forget it, he’s rolling.
    Bluto: And it ain’t over now. ‘Cause when the goin’ gets tough…
    [thinks hard of something to say]
    Bluto: The tough get goin’! Who’s with me? Let’s go!
    [Bluto runs out, alone; then returns]
    Bluto: What the fuck happened to the Delta I used to know? Where’s the spirit? Where’s the guts, huh? This could be the greatest night of our lives, but you’re gonna let it be the worst. “Ooh, we’re afraid to go with you Bluto, we might get in trouble.” Well just kiss my ass from now on! Not me! I’m not gonna take this. Wormer, he’s a dead man! Marmalard, dead! Niedermeyer…
    Otter: Dead! Bluto’s right. Psychotic… but absolutely right. We gotta take these bastards. Now we could do it with conventional weapons, but that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part!
    Bluto: We’re just the guys to do it.
    D-Day: [stands up] Yeah, I agree. Let’s go get ‘em.
    Boon: Let’s do it.
    Bluto: [shouting] “Let’s do it”!
    [all of the Deltas stand up and run out with Bluto]

    http://youtu.be/V8lT1o0sDwI

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