Donald R. McClarey

December 6, 1941: FDR writes to Hirohito

  An historical oddity.  The day before “the date which will live in infamy” President Roosevelt wrote a letter to Emperor Hirohito.  Here is the text of the letter: [WASHINGTON,]   December 6, 1941 Almost a century ago the President

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Donald R. McClarey

August 15, 1945: The Voice of the Crane

    Allied bombers had been used on August 13, 1945 dropping leaflets over Japan which described, in Japanese, the surrender offer and the Allied response.  On August 14, 1945 Hirohito met with his military leaders, several of whom spoke

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September 27, 1945: Hirohito Comes to MacArthur

When MacArthur took up his command as Supreme Commander Allied Powers it was suggested by aides that he summon Hirohito to appear before him.  MacArthur rejected that suggestion, stating that it was important that Hirohito come to him voluntarily.  That

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August 15, 1945: The Voice of the Crane

Something for the weekend.  Kimigayo, the Japanese national anthem. And so World War II ended with the people of Japan standing at attention or bowing as they heard their Emperor tell them, in a classical Japanese that most of them probably found

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August 14, 1945: Surrender and a Coup Attempt

    Allied bombers had been used on August 13, 1945 dropping leaflets over Japan which described, in Japanese, the surrender offer and the Allied response.  On August 14, 1945 Hirohito met with his military leaders, several of whom spoke

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December 6, 1941: FDR writes to Hirohito

An historical oddity.  The day before “the date which will live in infamy” President Roosevelt wrote a letter to Emperor Hirohito.  Here is the text of the letter: [WASHINGTON,]   December 6, 1941 Almost a century ago the President of

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Hirohito: War Criminal

  A strange fascination for World War II in the Pacific overtakes many Catholic blogs in early August each year, so in line with that I throw out this question:  should Hirohito have been tried as a war criminal?  The

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