America's Japan: The First Year, 1945-1946

America's Japan: The First Year, 1945-1946

America's Japan: The First Year, 1945-1946

America's Japan: The First Year, 1945-1946

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It is remarkable that in 2004, almost 60 years after the events described in these memoirs, the contents are as vivid to me as in 1945–1946. The impact of these experiences is so profound that I can recall each of them as though they occurred yesterday. As I look back on my unique military service, I realize how many factors contributed to my ability to recall the contents of what follows.

At age 18,1 was undoubtedly at the zenith of my “intellectual” capacity. I was also and had always been an intensely conscientious as well as an intensely competitive student. My language learning competence had already encompassed Latin, French, Spanish, and Esperanto. My interest in Asia had been strong since my childhood, and my decision to attend Princeton University was the result of my interest in its Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

When Pearl Harbor was attacked, my patriotism was profoundly stimulated, and I was determined to serve my country . . .

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