A Soul Lost in a Faraway Jungle – Part 2

Our good friend Koji Kanemoto gives us a view from both sides of the war.

Masako and Spam Musubi

It is believed I occupy a potentially unique position when it comes to looking at history as it pertains to the Pacific Theater in World War II.  I am American first and foremost and have studied WWII history out of curiosity.  As expressed in the description of my blog, my viewpoint is from “one war, two countries, one family”.  However, one potential uniqueness is that I am able to read a bit of Japanese; you may be amazed to read what is written about WWII from the Japanese viewpoint of history. As such, I believe each battle will have in the background two broad, driving and dissimilar viewpoints: one from America and one from Japan.  The attack on Pearl Harbor is one example. But that is but the surface on war’s history – a high altitude view.  One that can be easily manipulated politically. But being on the ground dealing…

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on February 25, 2017, in First-hand Accounts, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.

  1. Again a gorgeous post.

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  2. I very much appreciate you posting this. He has a fine website. I also enjoyed looking at his fine art website.

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  3. A different yet still interesting post gp, all pieces paint an overall picture, even on both sides.
    Maybe the harshness on the Japanese, could be explained in their harshness on their prisoners.

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  4. This answers my previous question superbly.

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  5. Hello! I’ve not been able to visit for quite awhile; it’s good to be back.
    What an interesting read. The author really does have a unique perspective.

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    • Yes, it has been awhile, LB, and it’s always great to see a familiar face.
      Thank you for reading Koji’s [partial] family history. By just looking at his research we see the US, Japanese and Internment Camp sides of the story.

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  6. What a wonderful read. Thank you so much for posting this.

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  7. I have always wondered how the Japanese experienced Pearl Harbor. From their point of view it must have been a military success

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  8. Interesting post – thanks for sharing it.

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  9. Thank you for sharing as I’m always seeking the other person’s view.
    I’ve today signed up to follow Koji’s blog.

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  10. Wow. This is fascinating and interesting. Thank you for sharing this, GP!
    I think it is always important to hear both sides of any story, event, conflict, etc. Often we can learn some important things when we are willing (and brave enough) to listen.

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  11. It’s always a corrective to read of events from the other side…

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  12. Ah yes…I’ve known Koji for years! Glad to see you sharing his family’s story as it tells what other Americans have endured apart from what was the typical American WWII experience. Koji is a fantastic historian and writer and I’d highly encourage folks to follow his blog.

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    • I was honored that he took a letter of mine to the Philippines when he went and read it aloud in a Japanese ritual. He has so much more for me as well. I can never re-pay him for his kindness.

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      • Koji’s dad and my uncle were in the same CIC unit in the Pacific Theater late in the war. We connected when I started sharing my uncle’s photos and militaria and telling his story on my Flickr account. We found out that we have a mutual friend and mutual interests as well. Koji is, what I would characterize as a true patriot.

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  13. Fascinating to get a view from the other side.

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  14. A very interesting read. Years ago, I read some books written by Japanese soldiers about their experiences during the war. Their training and discipline was harsh indeed, and the treatment of enlisted men by NCOs and officers would have been unacceptable in most allied armies. Perhaps it was fear of this that made them fight so hard, alongside their different culture. But it is still hard to excuse their inhuman treatment of civilians (especially in China) and POWs.
    When you see this alongside the many atrocities committed by some German units too, it brings home the necessity of the whole war.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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