War: Operation Chromite

Early last week in Tokyo, General Douglas MacArthur summoned a handful of newsmen who had been with him in World War II's campaigns. Among them was LIFE Photographer-Correspondent Carl Mydans, a veteran of Japanese prison camps in China and the Philippines. Mydans' report:

THE general greeted us with: "I'm going on a little operation, and I'd like to have you boys with me if you'd like to go. I say a little operation—it's a big operation. You will leave Haneda [the airport between Tokyo and Yokohama] at 6:30 Wednesday morning. I've got a new...

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