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Japanese-Americans at Fort Meade in '45

July 22, 2005

To prepare for a possible Allied invasion of Japan, a special detachment of Japanese-American soldiers began training troops at Fort Meade during the last week of July 1945.

The 13 soldiers, attached to a U.S. military intelligence training unit, instructed 1,200 soldiers that week on the organization and tactics of Japanese infantry units, in the operation and characteristics of Japanese weaponry, and in the use of simple Japanese phrases.

As it turned out, the training was not needed. On Aug. 6, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshmia. That was followed by a second bomb, dropped on the city of Nagasaki three days later. The unconditional surrender of Japan followed five days later, on Aug. 14.

Source: The Sun

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