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When:
May 3, 2015 all-day
2015-05-03T00:00:00-04:00
2015-05-04T00:00:00-04:00
Where:
George Washington Hotel
103 East Piccadilly Street
Winchester, VA 22601
USA

May 3, 2015

Norman Baker, Board member of this French and Indian War Foundation and who was in the battle of Iwo Jima in WWII, will be interviewed by a national TV crew from Japan, in the Ft.  Loudoun Room, George Washington Hotel, Winchester, Virginia.

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See Japan Today article  and an ABC News story

  on Norman Baker and Yoshiko Shimabukuro.

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Both the 18-year-old U.S. Marine and the 17-year-old Okinawan schoolgirl had known the enemy only from the virulent propaganda they had been fed. When they finally met their foes in the closing months of World War II, in separate, back-to-back battles hundreds of miles apart, it was on the most terrifying terms.

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“I threw off the safety on the Thompson and prepared to kill him. His eyes pleaded for his life as he turned enough to show me that he had been shot in the back in the area of his right shoulder blade.”

The Marine behind Baker yelled at him to quickly kill the soldier. Baker said no. He was taking the man prisoner.

After making the soldier strip to his underwear to be sure he was unarmed, Baker gave him a cigarette and some water. Then he was taken away.

“I have always wished that I could have found out what he did with his life.”

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