From: Dr. David J. Michell,
50th Anniversary of V-J Day
On August 17, 1945, now 50 years ago, 7 brave GI's parachuted into Weihsien Concentration Camp in North East China and freed us after 3 years of captivity as POWs of Japan. We were all civilians of the allied nations and in bad shape. I was a boy of 11 and over 100 of us children had been separated from our parents because of the war and internment for 6 or 7 years. We heard about the atomic bomb and that the war had just ended.
This weekend I am going to Detroit to
say thank you in person to America for my gratitude for the courage and
sacrifice that brought about our rescue and release when hope for our
deliverance had all but failed. I have only met one of the
GI heroes of my boyhood. He is Lt. James Walton Moore, now in
All seven GI's signed their names on a piece of one of the parachutes. It is a long shot I know but I wonder if you can somehow help me say thank you to these seven GI's this August 17 which marks exactly 50 years from the day when they parachuted down outside our camp like saviours from another world. Here are their names and a copy of the signed parachute used by one of them.
- Lt. James
- Sgt. Ray N. Hanchulak, Wilkes Barre, PA. (US Army)
- Lt. James
- Sgt. Tad Nagaki, Minatre, Nabraska (US Army)
- Captain Wilis S. Georgia (US Army)
- Edward Wang (Interpreter)
Our camp had 1400 prisoners- American, British and other Allied nations, including about 500 children. One whom we remember so very well was Eric Liddell, the Olympic Gold medallist of Chariots of Fire fame. He was still a great runner but died in our camp at the age of 43. I wrote about him and our camp in my book, A Boy's War.
I am truly grateful to
David Michell August 11, 1995