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Page 36 - Austin Roberts' Second World War

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1988/1/1 (235 reads)

one ever molested a Japanese woman?) No, no. (Nothing like that.) No. (3500 men.) 3500 men. There were just the NCOs, from sergeant-major down. And not one of us ever gave an order to anybody. (For 12 days they were on their own there.) They were on their own. You may figure, now, you tie a fellow up for 5 years, or practically 5 years. And you turn him loose, he goes--scoopy. (A little bit.) But, you take a person for 5 years, and you put him in an organization where he's told what to do, and he does ex? actly that, nothing else. You can leave him alone for--maybe not for too long, now--but you can leave him alone for a couple of weeks or so, and he's not going to do any? thing. Because he's like an animal that you trained to do something--that's what he'll do, for that length of time. He doesn't think of anything else. Upon my word. It's hard to believe, but--. The hardest thing, in my imagination, would be for me to start out and chase after a woman, when I was re? leased. It never crossed my mind. Never even think. The only thing I thought of was having something to eat. You still couldn't believe that you were going to get out of that and go home. READY TO SERVE ALL OF CAPE BRETON Glace Bay Book Corner 68 Main Street at Senator's Corner 849-0940 OPEN 10 A. M. till 5 P. M. (FRIDAYS till 9 P. M.) MAIL ORDERS ACCEPTED "From the Latest to the Classics • We'll Find Any Book You Want' 68 MAIN ST., GLACE BAY, N. S. BlA 4X9 You talk now about believing something. This (Japanese) boss that we had. As time went on--I was a good worker, I was strong, and a good worker. And he knew that lots of the time I pushed an extra 15 ton of pig iron, maybe, to help somebody out in our crowd. Him and I actually got to be sort of friends. And he used to often tell me--I'd say to him, "How's the war going?" "Short time. Over the waves. War finished. Japan beats Canada. Canada gone. Japan put-put-put-put, Canada all gone. Aussie stay with See-bee- san, get a nice girl, stay here, work on dockwork with See-bee-san." So, he told me that so many times that I nearly believed it, at the end of it. You can brainwash a make him believe pretty near anything. (Okay. So 12 days pass.) Twelve days passed, and two American officers came into the camp. They had brought a train to the nearest point where we were. Take us from there to Tokyo. And then ship us home. And he wanted each NCO to have a list of-- he brought papers and pens and stuff with him--each NCO to have a list of his men, any that had got killed, or died of sick? ness during the time that we were there-- get that made out and have it ready for when we got to Tokyo. That wasn't too hard to do. In the morning then, we went down and got on the train, and went down to Tokyo. And the Red Cross were there with doughnuts and coffee. And, you know, we were looking at them there, and thinking, "Geez, look at the beautiful, lovely-looking girls," and all that, you know. But we were more inter- |Tr CO-OP Building Supplies ? Manufacturers of Quality HARBOUR HOIVIES MIH) Pointing the Way to Better Living We've been building quality into our homes for more than 32 years. Over 40 Home Plans to Choose from You've Got Experience STATION ST, PORT HAWKESBURY - 625-2600 KING'S ROAD, SYDNEY - 539-6410 ciD ''1 • ILJFR|Nyi>'INItJ PLAN ON PANELING Plan on paneling with Canfor pre-finished plywood paneling. Easy to install, each 4' X 8" panel looks like authentic Ash, Pecan, Cedar & Oak, and can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth. Next time, plan on Canfor. ' ' Matenals INDUSTRIES Thermoglider Windows Horizontal Slider & Basement Windows Casement Windows Entrance Systems on Your Side (36)>
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