As another Lame Cherry exclusive in matter anti matter.
It is of interest to read the memoirs of Admiral in viewing the end of World War II, in how Japan was a nation which had not been maintained, but the people were well nourished at the end of the war.
This was in contrast to the American which the Admiral viewed at Guam. I place this here to reveal a telling situation, in which the American command kept German and Japanese POW's well fed, until after the war was terminated. Then Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower oversaw the western genocide of Germans in raping them and obliterating them to exposure.
It was a tale of two POW policies. When the German's held American POW's, their POW's were well cared for. When there was no longer a bargaining chip to retaliate, the American leadership became as sadistic as the Japanese whom they were so furious at.
I had no sooner returned to Guam than a stream of our liberated prisoners of war began to arrive. Those who were in good health, wild to get home, tarried with us only long enough to get transportation and their orders. Some, the doctors wanted hospitalized until dysentery, jaundice and malnutrition could be taken care of; others we were permitted to put in Camp Dealey under our submarine doctor's care until they could orient themselves, get their stomachs used to white man's food again and put a little flesh on their bones.
Dick O'Kane, when he arrived, didn't want to go straight home. He probably felt that his condition was too shocking for his family to see. He was just skin and bones. His arms and legs looked no bigger than an ordinary man's wrists, his eyes were a bright yellow from jaundice (the result of rat-contaminated rice, I was told) and the dysentery from which he suffered would have killed him in a few more weeks. Dick's was the worst case I saw but many others were in pitiable condition. It made my blood boil to see this human wreckage returning from the prison camps of an alleged civilized nation, and to compare them with the fat, insolent-looking German and Japanese prisoners I had seen in the United States, in Pearl Harbor and on Guam.Of interest in this, is American Soldiers captured were first taken to Ofuna, outside of Tokyo. There the Japanese Security Police would interrogate the Soldiers, for they were informed they were still combatants, and were not officially POW's until transferred to a camp such as Omori.
- Admiral Charles A. Lockwood
If the Soldiers died, the world knew nothing of them in the Swiss Embassy or the Red Cross handled all POW issues.
This was 'fighting the war without weapons" in Japanese outlook.
While the Americans never lined up Germans and took target practice at them with arrows, there was the mass rape of German girls and the months of terrorism in having Germans starve and freeze to death.
The reality is for all the Admiral Lockwood officers and gentlemen, there were heinous barbarians who oversaw non combatant occupation forces who were equal to the Japanese.