01 August, 2012

01 August 1945

No letter today. Just this:

The letter for 1 August 1945 was attached to the one for 31 July, when Greg received his Bronze Star Medal. Here are some pictures from that Parade Day in Stanislaus Square, Nancy, France.

Greg is next to receive Bronze Star Medal
Nancy, France - August 1945

Parade Day - Battalion in Formation
Nancy, France - August 1945

Battalion on Review, Parade Day
Nancy, France - August 1945

French Review, Parade Day
Nancy, France - August 1945

And the Band Played

Pole on right had been USA flag.
Stars and Stripes going up, with Russian and French Flags waiting
Flag Ceremony - Nancy, France - August 1945

Crowd Watches Medal Presentation, Stanislaus Place
Nancy, France - August 1945

Parade Day - Nancy, France - August 1945

Soldiers in Nancy, France - August 1945


about the Warning to the Japanese People

Front Side of OWI notice #2106
“LeMay bombing leaflet,”

OWI (Office of War Information) notice #2106, dubbed the “LeMay bombing leaflet,” was delivered to Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and 33 other Japanese cities on 1 August 1945. It was called the "LeMay bombing leaflet" because Major General Curtis E. LeMay, who was the commander of the Pacific Theater of war during this time, had requested that this particular leaflet be dropped over Japan. The Japanese text on the reverse side of the leaflet carried the following warning:
Read this carefully as it may save your life or the life of a relative or friend. In the next few days, some or all of the cities named on the reverse side will be destroyed by American bombs. These cities contain military installations and workshops or factories which produce military goods. We are determined to destroy all of the tools of the military clique which they are using to prolong this useless war. But, unfortunately, bombs have no eyes. So, in accordance with America's humanitarian policies, the American Air Force, which does not wish to injure innocent people, now gives you warning to evacuate the cities named and save your lives. America is not fighting the Japanese people but is fighting the military clique which has enslaved the Japanese people. The peace which America will bring will free the people from the oppression of the military clique and mean the emergence of a new and better Japan. You can restore peace by demanding new and good leaders who will end the war. We cannot promise that only these cities will be among those attacked but some or all of them will be, so heed this warning and evacuate these cities immediately.”

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