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I bet there were some real celebrations in Australia as well. The Japanese were not that far offshore in the islands north of you and had invasion plans ready to go. And there were many aussie soldiers in the fight in the Pacific. My brother in law, Ken, died yesterday and he was a Marine with the Navy is 6 successive Island invasions. We don't think much about the Pacific Campaign, but it was a very nasty business and didn't get our full support for many years.

Fortunately, the Japanese military thought well of suicide and left troops stranded with little food and ammunition. But that didn't mean they couldn't fight and make life tough for the Allied troops, but imagine how much worse it could have been had they been properly resupplied and supported.

I know Ken was seriously happy to get back, and his experience got him a job with the CAA (FAA now) where he excelled and retired as a GS14 and helped lay out the jetways in the NorthWest.

Thanks for posting this. Jimmy Durante's "I'll Be Seeing You" is such a great piece, it was nice to hear it again.
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Thank you Harry,this brings back a lot of memories for me even though I was very young then.The most vivid is the huge search lights shining up through the sky at night,the paper pasted to all the windows in our house,the cowls around the street lights & our air-raid shelter which Dad dug out & made by himself.The worst memory of that time is the prevailing sadness of family members & friends who lost relatives in the war. James.
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If the Japanese hadn't attacked Pearl Harbor, there is a good chance the Australians would be speaking Japanese today. Before the attack it was thought that the distance made a supply line impossible. Fortunately, it was not impossible, at a price tho.

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So true Theo, fortunately I was in England until 1964.

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So true Theo, fortunately I was in England until 1964.
Maybe, but England had some major issues also.

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