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.
The more I do, the less I accomplish.
Last edited by DesertRatTom; 11-05-2017 at 11:30 AM.