If you believe that it is wrong to allow a foreign government to place four of their memorials right smack dab in the middle of a WWII battlefield, American sovereign soil, or
If you believe that it is wrong, even under the slightest possibility, they were placed at the exact spot where one or more of our young men had laid dead or dying, or
If you believe that such a battlefield location to be “Hallowed Ground” to never be desecrated in any way, then help me have these foreign government icons relocated to another location not having any battlefield significance what-so-ever.
In the early morning hours of 29 May 1943, one of the largest Japanese Bonsai charges of the war took place on the island of Attu, Alaska at a place called Engineer Hill. Nearly 1,000 Japanese soldiers overran a company of Army Engineers, shooting and bayoneting as many as 250 of our boys to include 24 wounded and helpless GI’s as they lay inside 2 of 3 medical aid station tents; men of the 7th Infantry Division and of the fighting 4th Infantry Regiment of the Alaska Defense Force, slaughtered without mercy.
When the Japanese realized the battle was lost, nearly 500 committed suicide by placing a grenade to their head or belly. Afterwards, Japanese body parts lay intermingled with our dead or dying.
On 1 July 1987, the U.S. Department of the Interior (in secret and without our knowledge) allowed the Japanese government to place 4 of their memorials on Engineer Hill. But this despicable and misguided act was not discovered until 2003 when S/Sgt William “Bill” Jones, veteran of the Battle of Attu, 11-29 May 1943, returned to the island to participate in the making of a documentary titled: Red, White, Black and Blue. So appalled and outraged, he spent the next 7 years trying to have these Japanese icons removed completely from the island. Bill passed away at 2305 hours, Sunday, 29 August 2010; his patriotism lost, his spirit shattered. I offered my help and support to Bill in January 2008 after seeing the documentary on PBS, Veterans Day, 2007. And I swore an oath, one veteran to another, that if it took the rest of my life, I would get these foreign icons removed off Engineer Hill. It took a man like Bill to realize that the very fiber of military honor and remembrance had been spat upon. And I feel exactly the same way. If we, as veterans, do not stand up and be counted on behalf of the 549 Americans that were killed in action on Attu – then who will!! The honor of these men of valor must be restored!
Contact John E. Jonas, TSgt, USAF (Ret) at email@example.com (I don’t need your money, only your help and support to correct a situation that I consider a “National Disgrace”!)