WAR CRIMES: Retribution

"Just after sunset, by the light of a young moon, the helpless Americans were led from their barracks. . . . When they reached the beach, their hands and feet were tied, they were blindfolded and finally ordered to face the ocean. Japanese soldiers, three platoons strong, stood six paces to the rear with rifles and machine guns. . . . Then the command was given that ended the lives of 96 Americans."

Thus last week, in a U.S. Navy court on Kwajalein atoll, a Japanese war crime on Wake Island in October 1943 was officially detailed for the first...

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